During the process of raising a baby, every parent faces a problem - the baby is falling asleep in the highchair, should we let him take a nap or wake him up and transfer him to the crib to sleep well? All parents understand that it is not easy to get your baby to sleep, and it takes a lot of courage to wake your baby up and get your baby sleep again on your own. What will be the impact of baby sleeping in the highchair?
Most of the highchair is not suitable for baby to sleep. In fact, there is a lot of reason why many highchairs did not design to be suitable for sleeping. According to the foreign website babyboosterseats.com, which specializes in the study of sitting baby, the baby's skull and spine have not yet completely developed, sleeping in the highchair will cause a lot of unnecessary pressure on the neck and back muscles, which will cause a negative impact on the baby's future development.
Various sleeping positions in the highchair can have a negative impact on your baby's development. (Image source: Pinterest)
Moreover, baby needs to be tied to the seat belt in the highchair, which makes your baby cannot move naturally. The baby could not sleep well and the quality of sleep is very low. Just think, even adults napping in bed, if they are restricted from turning around and moving, they will not sleep well, right? In the long run, the lack of quality sleep will have a negative impact on future physical development and the formation of memory and concentration.
Being tied to a seat belt makes it difficult to get quality sleep. (Image source: Pinterest)
Some parents use a highchair instead of a baby cot for their baby to sleep through the night when traveling for convenience, which can be very detrimental to your baby's development. The nature of highchairs and cots are completely different, and it is not recommended to take the risk just to save money.
It is recommended to use a travel cot when sleep over outside.
Highchairs are usually hard. Often sleep in the highchair will limit the movement of the skull which affects the development of head shape. Long time lying in the highchair may lead to flat head syndrome. The babyboosterseats.com also mentions that the highchair with reclining function is designed for baby feeding. Baby could barely breathe sleeping in a reclined angle and they may even suffocate.
The shape of your baby's head in the early stages will have a lifelong impact, so pay close attention to it. (Image source: Pinterest)
We are not saying that highchairs are not worth buying, but it is about how to use them properly. Used as a dining table and play space, so that the baby has a space of its own, and comfortably eating is also very important. Highchair is still an essential baby product, but they are designed specifically for the baby sitting position. How can we expect it to serve as a crib at the same time?
The existence of the dining chair still has its necessity.
So, does it mean that your baby cannot sleep in the highchair? We certainly do not recommend that the baby sleep in the highchair, especially not to sleep overnight. If you occasionally let your baby take a nap in the highchair, parents should remember to put an eye on your baby's sleeping condition, whether the breathing is smooth, and pay attention to whether the baby has turned around to avoid danger. If your baby fell asleep on the highchair for some time, it is best to transfer your baby to the crib to sleep.