Important safety note 1/12/08: Many Parenthackers raised safety concerns about this tip. One reader sent us a link to an article which explains how sleeping in car seats can lead to breathing problems. Thanks to everyone who brought this to our attention.
Ana’s hack might net a few parents of newborns a few more hours of sleep:
Right after my son was born I realized how much easier it was to have the baby in our bedroom as opposed to down the hall in his room. However, I didn’t feel entirely comfortable having him in the bed with us and after spending a good chunk of change on the nursery furniture, I felt it wasn’t cost-effective to go out and buy a bassinet (those things aren’t cheap either) and the pack-n-play was too big to fit in our room. So, after about the first two weeks, I noticed that he absolutely seemed to love sleeping in his infant car seat that came with the travel stroller. Bingo! We started taking him, in the car seat, to bed with us. He slept in the seat placed on the floor right next to our bed so it made it much easier to get to him for feedings. And because of the shape and snugness of the seat, we didn’t have to worry about him rolling over as he slept. The seat also rocked just enough that we could rock him to sleep if that’s what he needed. He slept in that car seat until he started sleeping through the night and we could move him back to his crib.