Ever wondered why it is important not to leave baby sleeping propped up in products such as car seats, capsules, bouncers, swings and so on?
A potential issue with leaving baby to sleep in a more upright position is that this may cause baby’s head to fall forward, resulting in the chin being pushed to the chest. Very young babies (particularly under 4 months of age) have heavy heads and weak necks, so if the head falls forward, baby may not have enough neck strength to lift the head up so the chin is off the chest. The chin to chest position can be dangerous as it may restrict the airway which can result in slow suffocation (positional asphyxia). This is why it is so important that unless medically indicated otherwise, baby should be slept flat for as much time as possible.