Can My Baby Sleep in a Bouncer Overnight?
When it comes to your baby’s sleep, you want what is best for them. You wonder if sleeping in a bouncer, or baby seat overnight is an option.
The truth is, it is not recommended for babies to sleep in a bouncer, or any sleeping device, for that matter, for more than two hours as it can be a suffocation risk. Additionally, there have been reports of newborns and infants choking and even dying due to suffocation when their airway is blocked by a baby recliner, bouncer or swings.
Why You Should Not Place a Baby Overnight in a Bouncer
The following are some of the main reasons you should not place a baby overnight in a bouncer:
- Risk of suffocation. There is a risk of suffocation when a baby sleeps in a bouncer for too long. This is because the baby can roll over and become wedged between the seat and the seat pad, blocking their airway.
- Increased risk of SIDS. There have been cases where infants have died due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome while sleeping in a bouncer. Studies have shown that placing an infant to sleep in a reclining device increases the risk of SIDS sevenfold.
- A bouncer is not a safe sleeping surface. A bouncer is not a safe sleeping surface for babies. It is not as flat or stable as a crib. Additionally, the baby’s movement in the bouncer may cause them to roll off or put themselves into an unsafe position.
- The bouncer will not provide the same support as a crib. A bouncer does not provide the support or comfort that a bed or crib does. It does not let baby sleep in the recommended sleep position and does not provide adequate support for the spine.
In conclusion, it is not recommended to let your baby sleep in a bouncer overnight. It is a suffocation risk and can lead to SIDS, as well as other issues. A crib is a much better option as it is a safe, flat surface and provides baby with the support and comfort they need during sleep.