Sleeps better in car seat?!?!

Christy - posted on 12/09/2008 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Carter turned 3 months on December 1st. He has always been a fussier baby, but that was partially due to reflux, which is now being treated. Lately, we've been having trouble getting him to sleep longer than an hour or two at a time. It has gotten to the point where we will let him sleep in his swing or car seat just so we can get a few more hours out of him. The swaddle cloth we used before is too small on him now (he is over 25 inches long and weighs a little over 14 lbs), but that worked for us before. We've tried swaddling him in blankets but he just kicks out of them. I have a feeling that the car seat works because it is somewhat restrictive and makes him feel "safe" and cozy. I can't figure out a way to get the same effect from anything else. ?!?!

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Janice - posted on 12/29/2008

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my little girl will only sleep in her car seat or for little cat naps while being held...we tried everything in the beginning but nothing worked, she has some reflux as well, it has been working fine for us, we tried a wedge but she just kinda rolls off of it and gets the hiccups so bad that she can't sleep. But she will sleep the whole night in her car seat.

Amy - posted on 12/22/2008

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My daughter is the same way! It's good to know I'm not the only one with this problem. She is almost 14 weeks old. I try laying her in her crib and she will only sleep for up to one hour and then she wakes up. If she sleeps in her car seat she will sleep all or most of the night. During the daytime she usually sleeps in her swing. I hope she will outgrow it at some point.

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My son has reflux and the doctor actually told me to put him in the car seat to sleep so he is upright.

Renee - posted on 12/10/2008

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Use the car seat....it's fine. And yes, it's because he feels cozy in it. Some babies just need the feeling of confinment ( I did as a baby). He'll out grow it in time :-)

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