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It is always fun to get outside with your little one. You might be planning a trip to a barbecue. You could meet friends at the local park. Yet, the long day can wear your little one out. Before heading out, think about where you will be and how your baby can rest safely. It matters where you put your little one to sleep. You might think that the stroller is the most convenient, safest place. Think again. This product should never replace a crib. Products like strollers, carriers, and slings do not follow the safe sleep rules.

Here are some reasons why you should not let your baby sleep in a stroller:

  1. It is not a flat surface – One of the safe sleep rules recommends a baby sleep on their back. A baby is not laying completely flat when sleeping in a stroller. There is a slight incline depending on the stroller model. If a baby is not sleeping flat on their back, it could compromise their airway.
  2. It is not a firm surface – One of the safe sleep rules recommends a baby sleep on a firm sleep surface. A stroller does not have a stable, firm surface. A firm surface is better for an infant than a soft surface. A soft surface increases the risk of suffocation or entrapment.

Strollers are a great, easy way to get your baby from point A to point B. If your baby falls asleep in one of them, take her/him out and put her/him in a crib as soon as you can. If possible, travel with a portable crib that follows safety standards. By following the rules of safe sleep, you are doing your best to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Babies need to sleep in a safe sleeping area at all times. Review ALL the safe sleep rules on DE Thrives.

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