Study warns of keeping sleeping babies in car seats when not traveling

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A car seat can be a deadly place for babies to snooze when being used incorrectly, according to a new study. 

Every year, several hundred infants are killed in sleep-related deaths in sitting devices (including car seats, bouncers, or swings), according to a new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Researchers studied factors in sleep-related deaths for 11,779 infants from 2004 to 2014. 

Analysts found that 3% of deaths happened while babies were in the aforementioned sitting devices. 

The study also said children could be killed or injured due to improper buckling of car seat straps. 

According to the study, parents who rely on the car seats as an alternative to a crib or bassinet should stop immediately, as infants can fall, flip onto a soft surface, or suffocate if the devices are not used correctly. 

More than half of the deaths in car seats occurred when the child was at home and under the supervision of a parent.

Of those, 63% happened in car safety seats, specifically to infants about two months old.

According to the study, about 90% of the time an infant death occurred in a car seat, the seat wasn’t being used properly.

The study found that sleep-related deaths account for approximately 3,500 infant deaths annually

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