Every parent knows all too well that babies will fall asleep just about anywhere. And those on-the-go naps when your baby is in their stroller or car seat are often inevitable. In fact, if your baby is fighting sleep, a walk in the stroller may help them drift off.
However, with so many varying guidelines and expert opinions, it can be difficult to know what to do for the best when it comes to babies and sleep.
After all, you just want the very best for your baby. In this blog, we’re going to answer the question that many parents wonder at one point or another… Is it OK to let my baby sleep in a stroller?
Safe Sleeping Practices For Babies
It’s advised that for the first six months, your baby should be sleeping in their own cot. Plus, your little one’s cot should be kept in the same room as yourself. For the safety of your baby, it’s important that you avoid letting your baby share your bed.
The baby’s cot or Moses basket should have a new mattress and a fitted sheet. There should be nothing in the cot aside from a blanket for warmth, which should be tucked in no higher than the shoulders.
Many parents are now opting for baby sleeping bags rather than blankets, as they cannot ride up or be kicked off. Experts advise against putting cot bumpers, pillows or soft toys etc. in your little one’s cot when they’re sleeping.
The temperature in the room should be around 18 degrees and the cot or Moses basket should never be placed in front of a radiator or window (direct sunlight).
When putting your baby to bed, always place them on their back with their feet to the bottom of the cot. Depending on the temperature, your little one should be dressed in a vest and lightweight sleepsuit (and nappy of course).
If you notice your baby’s skin feels warm or is flushed/red, they’re likely too warm and it may be best to take a layer off.
For the first few months, your baby will do a lot of sleeping. You – not so much! As a newborn, they will sleep for up to 18 hours a day, waking every 2-4 hours for a feed (regardless of whether it’s day or night). And your baby isn’t fussed about where they sleep.
They’ll fall to sleep anywhere and everywhere, including in your arms, the car seat, the stroller, the baby bouncer and the carrier/sling.
Safe Sleeping Practices For Babies When You’re Not At Home
If your baby falls asleep in the stroller when you’re at home, you can easily move your little one to their cot or Moses basket.
However, you can’t stay at home 24/7. Whether you’re enjoying a day out, visiting friends or doing the weekly shop, your baby will fall asleep wherever they feel comfortable – usually in the stroller.
The key to ensuring your baby is safe when napping away from home is to choose a stroller that fully reclines to a flat position. Some strollers, buggies and prams are designed specifically for older babies and toddlers. Many of these will have various seat recline positions but will not lay flat. Whereas others are designed to be suitable for newborn babies.
When purchasing a stroller, always check the features and specs as it should tell you whether the stroller is suitable for a newborn. This indicates that the stroller reclines fully to support the babies head, neck and organ development.
Alternatively, opt for a stroller that has a carrycot. Carrycots are recommended for newborn babies as they feature a firm yet soft mattress. Plus, they allow the baby to lie flat, as they would in their cot or Moses basket.
Which Type Of Stroller Is Best For MY Baby?
At JUNIORJONES, all the luxury strollers in our range are suitable for newborn babies. And each stroller fully reclines, so your baby or toddler can nap safely and comfortably.
The J-CARBON and J-SPIRIT also have a Carrycot (sold separately) which is perfect for newborn babies! The JUNIORJONES Carrycot comes with an incredibly comfortable mattress, adjustable hood, apron and mesh ventilation panel. It provides a perfectly safe place for your baby to sleep and is even suitable for occasional overnight sleeping.
With a JUNIORJONES stroller, you’ll have the peace of mind that your baby can nap safely when you’re on the go. And once you establish a routine, you can be sure that you won’t disrupt your little ones sleeping pattern.
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We hope we answered your question – is it OK to let my baby sleep in a stroller? If you’d like more advice on all things baby and stroller – head to our blog. Or if you’d like more information about the range of JUNIORJONES strollers or accessories, get in touch with JUNIORJONES today.