Parents should never leave newborn in car seat for more than 30 minutes

Many a parent will rely on car journeys to get their baby to sleep .

In fact, in the most extreme cases, sleep-deprived mums and dads have resorted to going for a drive at odd hours to settle their sleep-shunning bundle.

And if your baby falls asleep in their car seat, the temptation can be to remove the seat from the car so as not to wake them, rather than taking the baby out.

But unbeknownst to many parents, keeping your newborn in a car seat for longer than 30 minutes could pose a suffocation risk.

A survey by  Churchill Car Insurance  found that only 31 per cent of parents are aware that long periods of time in a car seat can cause problems with babies' breathing and increase their heart rate.

On top of this, a similar number weren't aware that they need to take a 15 minute break every two hours when travelling with a newborn.

Professor Peter Fleming, from the University of Bristol, who helped conduct previous research funded by the Lullaby Trust told The Sun :


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