My daughter sleeps in her swing

Erinn - posted on 04/12/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 5 months old and she has been sleeping in her swing for the past couple of months now. She never really slept in her bassinet!! As far as I know I can't think of any reason it would be dangerous for her, it may not be a regular bed, but she seems to do well in it (except for the huge amounts of batteries we go through!!) Has anyone gone through this before?? Any advice would be helpful!

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Laura - posted on 04/14/2009

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my son used to sleep in a swing. i put him to sleep in his moses basket and then when he'd wake up in the night he used to be awake and wanting to play after a feed so i put him in there. try gettingher off to sleep in the crib or bassinet and if she wakes up and wont go off put her in there and gentaly wean her out of bein rocked and when she ends up sleeping all night she wont want to be rocked. hope this helped good luck x

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Maria - posted on 05/25/2013

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Perhaps try the "vibrating-baby-sleeper" for iPhones for a gentle transition to the cot. The app works by sending soothing and relaxing vibrations through the mattress and by creating white noise.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vibrating-baby-sleeper/id599959685?ls=1&mt=8

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I think every mother who has owned a swing has let their baby sleep in it from time to time.  I know it was my SAVIOR when my son was tiny.  I knew when I needed a break I could put him in the swing, turn it on and within minutes he'd be asleep.  I never let him STAY asleep in it for longer than 20-30 minutes though.  I'd always pick him up and put him in the bassinet so that he would learn to sleep without being rocked constantly.  I don't know about the harm it can cause for long periods of time, but it makes sense that it could heart their spines as the seat is so curved.  I would recommend that you limit how long you let your baby stay asleep in the swing.  She has to learn to sleep in her own space anyways and the earlier you get her used to that the easier it will be for both of you later on.  Plus, she can't roll over in the swing.  If she spends too much time in it, she'll end up with a flat spot on the back of her head, like when people leave their babies in the carseat too much.  She needs room to roll momma! 

Anne - posted on 04/14/2009

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Ih. Is there some safe way you could by pass the batteries and plug the swing into the electric outlet? a friend of our family did this. Her husband was able to do this. I would share with you how but I really do not know how safe it was. They did not have any problems, but I would feel awful if I shared how he did this and someone tried it and had a fire. Do rechargeable batteries work? As to your baby as long as she is getting her sleep and you do not have a lot of blankets  around her face I think it is fine.

Mel - posted on 04/14/2009

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its fine! if thats what she sleeps in then keep it up , with babies you got to do anything that works for them. when she is older she will go into her cot. they say things like walkers are bad as well and most people i know including my partner spent most of their time in them as kids! good luck

Shari - posted on 04/13/2009

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She won't be able to sleep in it much longer.  She'll soon be pulling herself up and strong enough to move around.  If your not right there or your asleep, she could fall out.  And the older she is when you try to put her to sleep in her crib, the longer and harder it will take for her to adjust.  Maybe try rocking her to sleep in your arms, then putting her in a crib.  My kids didn't like a bassinett either.  So just put her in a crib.  Good luck on the transition.

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I used to let my babies sleep in the swing as well. That said I heard recently that it can be dangerous to have small babies sleep in their carseats (and probably swings) as they may have trouble breathing if their head flops forward.

Sarah - posted on 04/12/2009

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My two month old son is not a big fan of his bassinet either! He never was since we brought him home from the hospital. What we do is put his Bobby pillow in the bassinet so that he's not laying completely flat in it. I think its a litle too hard on him when there is nothing in there. He sleepys just fine in it every night. We're going to start putting him in his crib soon and we think he'll do just fine in it! Its much more comfy then bassinets are!

Katie - posted on 04/12/2009

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Yes I have!  Our daughter slept in her bouncy seat for months!!  She would not have anything to do with her bassinet either.  She is over a year now and is doing fine so I think that you should be fine doing that.  We didn't have any problems at all from it!  Now she sleeps in her bed just fine and through the night.

Keeley - posted on 04/12/2009

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My daughter slept in her swing from 2 months till 4 months..and i asked the doctor at 4 months if it was bad..and he told me that its bad for there spine..and to long in it can do some really bad damage because there not sleeping flat and there spine is bending all night also he said they cant stretch out when they want to. so i transitioned her to a vibrating bassinet because she was used to the swinging..and then in a week i moved her to a crib and she was just fine and slept threw the nightt!!

Sara - posted on 04/12/2009

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She can't sleep in her swing forever, there's a weight limit! If you want her to sleep in her crib, you need to try a sleep training method so she can learn to self soothe and not depend on the swing to help her sleep. I liked the book "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child". Just my opinion, but I wanted my daughter to be able to sleep on her own without needing a paci/rocking/bottle to go to sleep. We did sleep training and now she's not problem to get to bed. Good luck!

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