Last Updated On November 20th, 2018
Babies love their bouncers. Mothers love putting their child in the bouncer seat. A bouncer usually keeps a baby amused long enough for a parent to relax or get other needed work done. We all know how hard it is being a parent of a young child, especially a child under two years old. Mothers are exhausted. A baby needs his or her mommy 24/7. The time an infant spends in its bouncer is considered precious time for any mother.
Sometimes babies even prefer their bouncy seat over their crib or bassinet. They doze off for a nap multiple times during the day while in it. What happens when a child’s bouncer seems to be the only place they like to sleep? As a parent, what do you do? Is it safe? Can a baby sleep in a bouncer overnight? What can go wrong?
Safe Sleep Guidelines
The safest place for any baby to sleep is in a crib or bassinet. Depending on what age the baby is, they need to get between 12 and 16 hours of sleep a day. Unfortunately, babies do not sleep 12 hours or more in a row. The time is divided up in a 24 hour period. They may only sleep 2 hours straight, be up for an hour, sleep again for 45 minutes. It is random and differs for every child. This is why mothers are beyond exhausted. As a mother, when you are that tired, you will do anything to get your baby to sleep for a few hours in a row so you can get some sleep too. It is hard to not stray from the path of safe sleep. In order to keep your child safe, you need to follow safe sleep guidelines.
- Never co-sleep or let any other child sleep in bed with the baby.
- Lie baby on their back only.
- Flat, firm surface in a crib or bassinet.
- If an infant needs to have their head elevated by a doctor’s orders, use a wedge underneath a mattress. Don’t put them in a car seat or their bouncer to sleep.
- Nothing in the baby’s sleep area. No toys, no blankets, no pillows, no bumper pads. (Dress baby in appropriate clothing according to the temperature.
Sleeping In A Baby Bouncer
Letting your baby sleep in a bouncer is a bad idea. Sleep in a bouncer seat can lead to possible injury. in the worst case scenario, even death.
- Asphyxiation – The infant’s position can cause the baby to cease breathing.
- Strangulation – The bouncer’s straps or other objects can wrap around the baby’s arms, throat, etc.
- Sleep-related deaths are the number one cause of death in children under one year of age.
A baby should never be allowed to sleep in their bouncer overnight or during the day.
- Never leave a baby unsupervised in a bouncer, awake or sleeping.
- If your baby does fall to sleep in the bouncer. Immediately put them in their crib or bassinet.
- Always properly secure the baby in the bouncer seat.
Tragedy can occur at any moment. Don’t let your child become one of the many cases where a baby dies due to unsafe sleeping. Practice safe sleep. No matter how badly your baby is crying to sleep in the bouncer, don’t give in. Letting a baby sleep in a bouncer overnight is unsafe. Don’t let your baby become another unfortunate statistic.