New babies do not have enough strength in their necks to hold their heads up. Their heads tend to flop sideways—this is OKAY! But when the car seat is too upright, their heads tend to flop forward, and this is NOT OKAY. A baby’s head should not fall forward in the car seat, so that his chin touches his chest.
How should you place your newborn’s head in a car seat?
Your baby’s head should rest at least 2 inches below the top of the car seat. Once your baby’s older and has more head control, he can sit at a more upright angle. Buckle your child in correctly. Gently place your baby’s arms and shoulders through the harness straps, then buckle the crotch buckle and chest clip.
Is it okay for baby’s head to be sideways in car seat?
When in a car seat, many babies tilt their head to one side. With the head constantly to one side, the neck muscles on that side can tighten, a condition known as positional torticollis. While most babies will not be affected, it can be worsened by repeated prolonged positioning.
Should car seat go behind driver or passenger?
Install in the Backseat
The car seat should always be installed in the back seat. That is the safest spot for your baby. If you can, put the car seat in the center seat. If not, it is fine behind either the driver or passenger side.
Can a bumpy car ride cause shaken baby syndrome?
Can baby get shaken baby syndrome in the womb? No. Going down a bumpy road while pregnant, jumping, running or even tripping won’t affect baby, thanks to the protective amniotic fluid inside the uterus, Horton explains.
How much does a child have to weigh to face forward?
While 1 year and 20 pounds used to be the standard for when to flip car seats around, most experts now recommend using rear-facing child seats until children are 2 years old and reach the top weight and height recommendations of the car seat manufacturer, which is typically around 30 pounds and 36 inches.