sleeping in swing

Jennifer - posted on 02/27/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Is letting my 2 month old sleep in her swing at night starting a bad habit? She seems really uncomfortable on her back because of reflux. She grunts and makes all kinds of noises and eventually wakes herself up. When she's in her swing, it doesn't even always have to be on, she sleeps 5-8 hour stretches and goes right back to sleep after nursing. Sometimes during the day she will sleep short periods in her crib but never longer than an hour. I don't use the swing during the day because I don't want to over use it. Has anyone else allowed their baby to sleep all night in a swing or something other than a crib/cradle or bassinet?

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Sarah - posted on 02/27/2012

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Yes, September, this has happened. Even babies sleeping in their car seats is discouraged. Read your manufacturers guidelines, I'm willing to bet that they'll recommend against it. There was a baby in my province that died from this. What can happen is that the baby doesn't have the neck support to hold the weight of their head up, and if it should fall forward, they may not have enough strength to lift their head and clear their airway. I'm not judging, just letting people know the risks. Certainly this wouldn't happen to every babe, but I'd hate to hear it happening to another one.

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Sarah - posted on 02/27/2012

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I think in my line of business, it makes me a little more paranoid. Like I said, there was that child, then we had one on our ward who passed away after the Mom fell asleep (while on a maternity ward) nursing and smothered the baby (makes me nervous about bed sharing), I had a 19 month old kid who lost 3 fingers after having them cut off on his Mom's exercise bike, we had a kid in our town who fell out of his bunk bed at night and was hung to death when his jammies caught on the rail of the bunk bed (the reason my kids will never have one). Like I said, many of these things have happened, are extremely rare, but it makes me scared for the families they will happen to in the future. It is terrible to lose a child. Thank God I haven't lost one myself, but I've seen many parents who have and their devastation and broken hearts live in my memory forever.

September - posted on 02/27/2012

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Wow Sarah that's sad. Our son would nap in his swing which reclined for up to 2 hours, never for an extended amount of time. Kind of scary to think he could have been at risk. I did read the manual prior to our son using the swing and it never discouraged letting him nap in it. I never thought you were being judgmental; I just had never heard letting a baby sleep in a swing could actually be deadly. Scary!

Kay - posted on 02/27/2012

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We used the Fisher Price Rock N play Newborn Sleeper. Only one angle, And it was rated for sleeping. Wish I'd had it for my older son--more like a mini bassinet than anything else.



I never trusted letting them sleep in the swing. No real reason, just a me thing.

September - posted on 02/27/2012

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Well Kaitlin in that case it would make sense. I just had never heard that before. Thanks :)

Kaitlin - posted on 02/27/2012

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I *think* what Sarah may be referring to is when a swing is in the most upright position ('sitting' position- most swings have a recline and a sit position), and on a young baby who is not able to sit by themselves, I absolutely agree. But in the recline position, I would go for it. My second slept in his swing at night for a while because of some issues as well. I wouldn't worry about habit issues until around 6 months.



Other moms have had some great suggestions too, like propping the mattress from underneath- that worked WONDERS for our kids too, as did a humidiphier (for some reason it helped with relflux too! Weird).

Good luck and get some sleep!

September - posted on 02/27/2012

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Sarah where did you hear that the position a baby lays in a swing can occlude their airway and even cause death? I’d love to know. Thanks.

Sarah - posted on 02/27/2012

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It's not a safe sleep surface. I'm sure the manufacturer would even advise against it. You can put her bassinet at an incline, and also keeping her upright for at least 30 minutes after a feed will help with reflux. Sitting in the position that a swing puts them in can actually occlude their airway and cause death.

Chrystal - posted on 02/27/2012

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With my second she slept mostly in her swing for the first 3-4 months. Her older brother is only 11 months older so he's loud and in her swing with the motion no matter what else was going on she could get a good rest which is why I never worried about it I was just happy she could sleep. Around 4 months she started to be more alert and stopped wanting to be in her swing and just transferred into her crib without any issues. She's 8 months now and sleeps in her crib; she naps fine and has been sleeping through the night since 3 months. So for her it didn't start a bad habit she just out grew it.

Erin - posted on 02/27/2012

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She probably sleeps better in the swing because she remains semi-upright while sleeping which will lessen the effects of the reflux. To get her to sleep longer in the crib, you can place a pillow UNDER the mattress which will mimic the position she's in when she's in the swing.

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