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What can I do to give baby’s head more support? Can I add a head insert?

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The majority of our Safety 1st infant and convertible car seat models that are designed to accommodate small travelers come with removable insert cushions designed to give your little one a snug fit. We cannot suggest the addition of any third-party or aftermarket accessories and inserts. These accessories are not approved for use with Safety 1st car seats. Use of aftermarket accessories is at your own discretion and voids the warranty of your car seat.

Many parents become concerned if their child’s head doesn’t face straight forward. However, a baby’s head turned sideways in the car seat is safe and comfortable for baby. According to experts such as Dr. Alisa Baer (2014), additional infant inserts sold separately as after-market accessories via third parties don’t have any form of government agency safety approval. Furthermore, adding this extra padding/inserts to keep baby facing straight forward in the seat can potentially push baby’s head down onto their chest (chin to chest) which can compromise a newborn’s airway.

It is equally important to clarify that we cannot suggest to place anything between the child and harness/car seat. In addition to the potential concerns noted above, these accessories are not tested with fit of the harness and can alter functionality and crash performance of your car seat in the event of a crash. Most inserts on the market require threading onto the harness or must slide between the child and the harness/seat shell.

If you feel like your newborn or preemie needs some extra support around the head in addition to the comfort padding/support included with your Safety 1st car seat, you may use a rolled up receiving blanket. Place your rolled receiving blanket along the side of your baby’s body AND head. This will ensure the blanket stays in place and doesn’t accidentally move behind the head (potentially pushing the chin down). Do not place a u-shaped blanket roll at the head only. This can fall behind the head, potentially causing a chin-to-chest position.

 

 

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