Is it okay for baby to sleep in swing???

Kassie - posted on 04/21/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 2 month old baby girl can have a difficult time falling asleep in her bassinet and her playpen. However, whenever I put her in her swing at night she falls right asleep. Lately, she's been spending most of her nights sleeping in the swing and she sleeps the entire night. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this and if it's even okay for a baby to sleep in a swing at night. Thanks.

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Krista - posted on 04/22/2010

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I would try to get out of that habit, if you can. My son would only nap in his swing, and I had a hell of a time weaning him off of it when the inevitable day came that he was too big for it.

what I might start with is letting her sleep in the swing, but as soon as she falls asleep, turn the swing off. Then eventually, turn the swing off before she's fallen asleep, so that she'll get used to not having that swinging motion anymore.

I would also HIGHLY recommend swaddling her when you do put her in her bassinet. Part of the reason why she might like the swing is because it's more of a cocoon feeling than the bassinet is. Get yourself a Kiddopotamus swaddler, and rock her until she starts looking really sleepy. Then put her in her bassinet. The swaddler will retain your heat, and will help keep her feeling cosy and cocooned, so she won't be going from mommy's warm, cozy arms to a cool bassinet.

Hope this helps! Best of luck!

Morgan - posted on 04/21/2010

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I read a book called how to solve you childs sleep problems by Dr ferber, I read it before I had my daughter and it had some wonderful advice on getting baby to sleep and some great info on babys sleeping patterns, If you can pick it up, if not have you tried letting her fuss a bit coming back 1 or two minutes later, comforting her then putting her back down? I know its very hard on anyone to lose a few nights sleep but am sure if you try she'll learn :)
good luck I hope its goes well and again try to get that book my daughter is 13 weeks old and sleeps 10 hours a night alone in her crib in her own room, and not only is it great for the Hubby and I but also for her too :0)

Sharon - posted on 04/21/2010

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To me a swing is the same as rocking them to sleep.

My oldest needed to swing at night. I didn't have a rocer, didn't have room for a rocker but I wished like crazy that I had one.

I moved my dresser into the hallway so his swing would fit in my room and he slept in it on those difficult nights. Most of the time he fell asleep perfectly fine in his bassinet. But then there were THOSE nights. He ate to much, a bit of colic, to restless to sleep? Who knows. But the swing did the trick.

Here's my problem.. back then ALL swings said that babies shouldn't sleep in them. Even though mine had a changeable seat or swinging bassinet - the notices on both said that babies shouldn't sleep in them.

I always felt HORRIBLY guilty and was a nervous wreck about letting him sleep in the swing. But I have never been the kind of person who could stay up night after night. Even with my own infants. Disrupted sleep? Sure. Sporadic sleep? Sure. But sitting up holding a crying child for night after night? I can't do it. I proved that when I fell asleep sitting upright and fell face first onto the carpet holding the baby.. UGH that was embarassing and terrifying. :: sigh :: you pick your battles right? You pick the lesser of two evils too.

Morgan - posted on 04/21/2010

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I dont know if its really "ok" but personally I wouldent do it, babies need to learn proper sleeping habbits and when she out grows that swing you;ll have a hell of a time getting her to sleep, and also its not safe to leave a baby unitended in a swing no matter what.
you may have a few maybe more sleepless nights but your daughter should be sleeping somewhere safe :)
I know some people are not going to agree but thats ok!!

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Pam - posted on 03/09/2011

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i feel better tht somebody else is doing it.lol but wat i do is put her in a swing every after her feedings and when she fall asleep, i take her out nd let her sleep in her bassinett.

Cynthia - posted on 04/21/2010

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You might want to get her a swinging cradle or one of those bassinets that has the vibrating motion.
Or you may want to check that she's burped well before you put her down for the night, if you put her left side up against your ear and shake her ever so slightly if its gas you will hear what sounds like pebbles in her tummy, thats the air moving about in her gut you, If you sit with her on your lap with her back to your tum and gently rub her tummy in a circular motion from right to left you may be able to get her to pass gas and ease her discomfort before putting her down for the night.
I have seen some lovely swing units that come with a bassinet and a swing seat that I wish existed when my babes were tiny, I had my husband build a swing cradle for our third child and we used it for the next two as well, though not at long for the them as they were big boys and grew out of it by the time they were four or five months size wise and could do major pushups and turn overs!

Kassie - posted on 04/21/2010

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Thanks, I already knew that in the back of my head but I needed someone to actually tell me. She should be sleeping in her bassinet and have proper sleeping habits because like you said I'll have a hell of a time getting her to sleep otherwise. It's more important for her to be safe than to get a full nights sleep. Do you (or anyone else) have any tips on how I could get her to sleep? Thanks :)

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