It’s a ‘CAR’ seat!
I don’t mean to wizz anyone off but it really is a seat designed for the CAR. If you’re not travelling in a vehicle, car seats are not the ideal transport for your baby due to “restricted postural options which can impact your baby’s developing cranium and spine” (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association).
Pushchair manufacturers ought to stop designing them to fit the damn pushchair frame. It’s important your baby lies flat when sleeping (https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep-advice/sleeping-position/) in order to promote a safe sleeping environment and a clear airway.
A study using a vehicle simulator used a car seat at the 40⁰ angle (required for travelling) and found that while sat at this angle for 30 minutes – either stationary or when in motion – the babies’ heart and breathing rate increased, and their blood oxygen levels were lower compared with lying flat in a cot (NHS 2016).
Also for comfort, temperature and safety. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents recommends taking at least a 15-minute break every two hours when travelling (https://www.rospa.com/road-safety/advice/drivers/fatigue/policy-statements/).
Please, take your baby out of the car, leave the seat IN the car, and you’ll be be better for it.
While we’re here… carrying car seats is a bit crap for our posture. Here’s a clever little knack for a slightly easier way to carry them (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CCI2EsJ-pEY) or better yet…
Hire a sling! (I know, but it’s my forte!)
International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Baby Wearing: Suggestions for Carrying your Baby. http://www.icpa4kids.org/research/children/babywearing.html