How do I wean my 2 month old off of sleeping on boppy at bedtime?

Deanna - posted on 08/05/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My baby is 2 months and she sleeps "on" her boppy at bedtimes. ITs the only way she stays asleep. She wont sleep flat on her back cuz she doesnt feel the tightness around her. We put the boppy in the bassinet and it squeezes around her and makes her feel like she's being held. How can I wean her off this and not have her lose sleep?

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Jodi - posted on 08/05/2011

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LOL, I had to look up what a boppy was.

Anyway, why have you allowed her to even START sleeping on it? Their website very clearly states "Warning: Never, ever allow baby to sleep on the Boppy® pillow. Do not allow baby to lie face down on a Boppy® pillow. To prevent positional asphyxia, keep baby’s airway open at all times. For proper breathing when using the pillow for propping, do not allow baby to be curled up in the center of the pillow area or be propped up too high on the pillow. Do not use in crib, cradle, bassinet, playpen, play yard or bed. Do not leave baby unattended – adult supervision is required. Improper use of this product could result in serious injury or death." ????

Swaddle her. That will give her tightness around her. That's what most mothers do.

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Deanna - posted on 08/06/2011

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I tried her in her crib In her own room on her back last night for the first time and se did great!!! Thanks to everyone for your advice!

Neva - posted on 08/05/2011

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I would try swaddling her really tight. There is a super book, DVD and website called "The Happiest Baby on the Block." That shows the proper technique to help babies sleep. A baby should always be put to sleep on their backs, it is the best way to prevent SIDS

Kate CP - posted on 08/05/2011

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Nope. When I was first using it was five years ago so they've changed the packaging since then. There's a tag on it with a big no symbol on it but it's not something you'd notice unless you were looking for it.

Jodi - posted on 08/05/2011

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Doesn't the packaging it comes in have a big warning label? Wow!!! I just assumed it would have.

Kate CP - posted on 08/05/2011

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Deanna, I did the same thing with my daughter and I never realized it was hazardous until AFTER she was sleeping in a toddler bed (so you can guess how long I did it for!).

Like Jodi said, try swaddling her. If she likes being inclined like that you can stuff some pillows or folded up towels under her mattress to elevate the head of the bed a little. Good for you for figuring it out quicker than I did. :/

Deanna - posted on 08/05/2011

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I know it says that. I didn't know till after she has been sleeping with it. She doesn't lay face down and we put blankets in the hole in the middle to make it all leveled so she doest dip down. I wouldnnever purposely put her at risk. I will try the swaddling tho

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