Transition from swing to crib??

Katey - posted on 02/06/2013 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I have a seven week old baby girl. Shes a doll. I am worried about transition her from the swing to crib. I read many books on how to get baby to sleep in crib. Basically when baby is sleepy, lay the baby in the crib so they can fall asleep on their own. Well my little girl likes movement. usually she naps in her swing...and at nighttime, she would sleep in her swing. Then when i feed her at midnight, i would move her to her bassinet. She sleeps in their till morning. It seems the only way to get her to sleep is in the swing.

Now i want to transition her to her crib...how should i go so about doing that?? I am worried that she is too attached to the swing now. Any ideas? Thanks!

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Liz - posted on 03/05/2013

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My 3 youngest kids slept in swings at night for the first few months of their lives. My third son was a nightmare to get to sleep, and once he was asleep, you did whatever you could to keep him that way! And that meant he slept in the swing! I put MY babies in the swing at night so that I wouldn't fall asleep holding them. Eventually (although not as early as 7 weeks I don't think) I started turning the swing off after they had fallen asleep. After a week or so of doing that, I tried not turning the swing on at all. Then I moved them to their crib/bassinet about a week after that.

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Kaitlin - posted on 12/08/2014

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Well I defiantly agree with Ashley. Its just silly to say 'she's the one thinking her baby likes the swing' you got to be kidding me.. Everybody knows that babies love swings and mine is the same way.. Her swing is her favorite place to sleep and its fine to let them sleep there.. I hold my babygirl during the day and rock her to sleep then lay here down but at night she sleeps in her swing beside my bed. until I move her to her crib obviously. which Im thinking about doing very soon.

Ashley - posted on 03/07/2013

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Liz i had done that so many times when my oldest had meningits and we didnt know it yet! Once he had fallen asleep you could not move him...even an inch! I dont know how many times i had woken up with him sleeping on my chest and it used to freak me right out. I started putting him in his bouncer chair and thats where he slept until i realized something was really wrong and took him in to the hospital. Once in the hospital we brought the bouncer chair and thats where he slept for the first month and a half. Naps and all he ws in his bouncer chair then once we got home he loved his swing and thats where he took his naps and usually fell asleep in it at night and we'd move him. My youngest slept in it quite a bit at night...if it wasnt the swing then it was the bouncer chair (when i had enough of sleeping on the couch lol) By 6 months they were both in their cribs for bed time. Naps were always different...my oldest would crawl in the swing himself at nap times and slept in it for his nap.

Cecillia my sister did it with all 3 of her kids..at 3 years of age they still wanted to be rocked to sleep and once she stopped rocking them they would fall asleep on the couch because they were used to being in the living room when they fell asleep. It's like anything else they become dependant on it. I'm sure if i had kept my kids in the swing until they were 2 then yes they would also have been dependant on it. Im trying to say that sometimes as a new mom you do need your sleep. We may be moms but we are human too and if you arent getting proper sleep how are you able to care for your newborn? There are times where you do what you can even to get 2 hours of sleep. Having dealt with a very very sick baby i know what its like to get maybe 2 hrs of sleep at night. There were nights/days i did do what i could to get him to sleep a few hours. The vibrate was on full blast on his bouncer chair quite a few nights because it was the only way he'd sleep. Like i had previously said there were nights my youngest only slept in his swing...again if it meant i could get a somewhat decent sleep...then i did it. Like i said rocking works for some moms. I never put my sister down for rocking her kids and i didnt..it was what she enjoyed to do but once i saw her getting frustrated when they were 2 plus years old and she couldnt get them to sleep any other way i told myself there was no way i was going to put myself through that with my kids. By 2 they were off to their beds on their own without having to be put to sleep. Now maybe your kids werent like that (i'm not saying all are) i'm just going by what i have seen. I'm not trying to argue i'm just trying to say as a mom you sometimes do what you feel is the best for you and your baby and because one mom does one thing and another does another doesnt mean either way is wrong. You do what fits you the best.

Cecilia - posted on 03/05/2013

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Ashley,

I'm not saying that your a bad mommy. I personally don't like the idea of saying mommy needs sleep so i'm not willing to hold you. That is the idea i disagreed on. The swing itself is fine. As I stated, the amount of time in it is what was getting me. a 7 week old spending 12 hours in the swing is a bit much.(this is where i'm saying the baby isn't being held, it wasn't directed at you and not holding yours, i'm saying in this case- there is little time left to hold the baby according to her description of what is going on)

Sleeping there every few nights I don't even have a problem with. Doing naps here and there in it, is fine. I simply suggested if someone doesn't want to rock why not try to just lay the baby in bed and see if it works.

My statement about me rocking my babies was to show there is not a dependence on it like one might think. By saying they become dependent on it is suggesting it is a bad idea... So yes, you said it was a bad idea.

Are you really stating that it is okay for a baby to be in a swing 12+ hours of the day? That was my main point and you want to argue with me and i'm really not sure why you have a problem with what I've said. Plus the posted asked how to transition her from the swing, hence my suggestion to rock the baby for a little bit.

Kelsey - posted on 03/05/2013

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I rock my baby until he's sleepy. I don't think babies are too particular if they're moving or not. Once my baby is good and sleepy; I place him in his crib and he does just fine without the movement. Also almost all babies like the swing; it very rhythmic; my son would fall asleep in his swing/bouncy whenever at 7 weeks. It must be nice to be a baby. lol.

Ashley - posted on 03/05/2013

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i guess i'm such a horrible mommy for not rocking my kids then!! lol....you had your ways...i have mine. Like i said in my original post...to each their own. Every mother does things HER way that fits HER family. Rocking was something i didnt want to do. Great that you did it...that was how you wanted to do it. I didnt want to. My babies got tons of snuggles so they were NEVER deprived of that......ever. Yuppers mommy's need sleep. Sometimes you do what you need to do to be able to sleep as a new mom. I had a 14 month old a newborn and in school. So yes sometimes he'd only sleep in his swing at night...and yes i put him in there so i could get some sleep. Sorry i had an education to get to better myself for my babies. Reread my post....i never once in there said rocking your baby to sleep was a bad idea...for me it was. And not just that...babies eventually dont want to be in their swing...by about 6 months he was done with it. Would he have been done with me rocking him to sleep? No he still would have wanted that. At 6 months he was going to sleep in his crib for naps and bed time with no swing. So thanks but i think even for my next i will take the swing over rocking..:D...works for me...you do what works for you :)...oh and btw i also never said anything about not holding your 7 week old baby. Thanks for also adding things to my post that were never said. I guess i better never tell my kids i didnt rock them....they may hate me as their mother after that...lol

Cecilia - posted on 02/06/2013

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So you didn't rock your baby so they wouldn't need you to fall asleep, but instead you figured it was fine to have them need a swing to fall asleep.

I never said the swing would damage them. I'm saying at 7 weeks she is sleeping about 16-18 hours a day. maybe 6 of those are outside of the swing from what she is saying.This only leaves 6 hours of the day which she has a chance of being held.

I didn't think anyone in their right mind would say holding your 7 week old and rocking them to sleep is a bad idea. Sorry but babies like being held by mommy. it is comforting. To say too bad mommy needs sleep..... really? She also said that when she does decide to move the baby she does fine. Why not just leave her out of the swing and just lay her down?

I have 5 kids and i rocked them all. None became dependent on me to fall asleep either. I know what it feels like not to sleep, believe me i do. Using a swing so you can wash dishes or something is fine. But using it more than half the day is not.

Ashley - posted on 02/06/2013

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well both my kids absolutely loved the swing and slept in it for their naps all the time. They loved their bouncer chairs too and slept in them a lot. They are 3 and 4 and are both fine. Didnt do any damage. They eventually went into their cribs. Just keep trying her. I never got into the habit of rocking mine to sleep because i didnt want them as they got older to rely on me putting them to sleep. When my oldest was in the hospital as a new born we brought his bouncer chair to the hospital and 9 times out of 10 thats where he slept. The nurses never said anything about it being harmful to him for sleeping in it. I dont know as a new mother i did what i could at times to get even 3 hrs of solid sleep. To each their own. But like i said just keep trying her. She will eventually sleep in it.

Cecilia - posted on 02/06/2013

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I think you're the one thinking she likes movement and havn't allowed her to try to just lay down. You said that at midnight you move her and she is fine. Put her in the crib to sleep. Don't even offer the swing. If she likes the movement, fine sit down and rock her to sleep and then lay her down.

I know some say it's fine to sleep in a swing but i don't think it's good for them to use it as much as you say your child uses it.

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