How long can a baby be in a car seat for?
Babies and Car Seats
Why would you?
But how long can a baby be in a car seat?
Sometimes you find that you have got home from the shops and your little angel has fallen asleep and it’s the perfect time for them to have a nap.
Or you decide to go on a family holiday that requires a lengthy drive and are worried about how long you should be drive before stopping and taking a break then we have outlined it all for you here.
What is the two hour rule?
A study conducted by the University of Southampton and the NHS found that you should not keep your infant in their car seat for more than 2 hours at any one time.
Why it’s important to follow the two-hour rule
Car seats are only used to transport babies
But car seats should only be used to transport babies. This is because a simple change in the straps or adjustments to the car seat can cause serious injury or in some cases, be fatal.
Infants as young as 1-month-old have been known to suffocate from the straps covering their faces due to not being properly positioned.
Important tips to help avoid risk of car seat cot death
- Its researched that new born or premature babies should never be in a car seat for more than 30 minutes and older than that should be no more than 2 hours at any one time. To help avoid, risk of car seat injury or death, stick to these as a general rule of thumb.
- If you do need to do a longer journey and they isn’t a suitable place to stop (unlikely) you should invest in a lay flat car seat to help keep your babies heart rate down and oxygen levels up.
- Never use a car seat as an alternative to a cot or Moses basket as a routine place to sleep. If your baby falls asleep in the car, you don’t have to wake them up but be sure you be vigilant about how long they are asleep in the same position.
- Plan your journey in advance if you know you will be travelling for more than two hours and map out your stopping points before you leave.
- If you are using a car seat that can go straight onto your buggy try not to keep your baby in the car seat for too long. If you know that you’ll need to have them in there for a prolonged period of time, consider switching to a lay-flat seat or a carrycot.