sleeping in bouncy seat...

Emily - posted on 01/26/2010 ( 45 moms have responded )

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my son doesnt like laying flat when he sleeps, right now he has sleeping on a pillow that is propped up in his bassinet, but hes soon not going to fit in his bassinet and he loves sleeping in his bouncy seat but i dont know if sleeping in a bouncy seat is like.. ok? im not sure i just feel like he needs to be lying in his crib not in a seat....? any opinions or other suggestions on what to do when he's too big for his bouncy!?

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Alice - posted on 02/26/2011

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I know this post is old and will no longer apply to those in the original posting, but if you are doing a search for advise later....PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS. During your awake hours it is fine to let a baby sleep in a bouncy seat. My grandson was often left in his as he slept best in there. Then one night, for reasons unknown, it tipped over. The way it landed he was unable to breath and he died. Please use extreme caution if letting a baby sleep in these.

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While raising my first son you were not suppose to lay them on their backs, but on their tummys so they would not choke on spit up. Ten years later with my second child they said to lay him on his back to prevent crib death/suffocation. I, knowing that I sleep on my side bought a little body support "wedge" that kept them lying on their side to avoid either of the situations from occuring. If its gas, that's another story, but it took some changing of formula to find the right one once he was no longer breastfeeding. Does your child belch well after feeding. It took sometimes up to 30 minutes to get mine to do so and unfortunately the times he didn't he was crying because of gas. That's when we found the "lil tummys" gas relief drops.

Hope this helps :o)

Melody - posted on 01/28/2010

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I have 3 boys...6, 4, and 4 mo. All of them had infant projectile vomitting. the 1st 2 until they were 1! I am older and wiser mow and am able keep my breast feeding up and my youngests vomitting has almost gone...anyway, my point is that w/ the vomitting they had to sleep in an upright position. Swing. Bouncer. I even propped the bed mattress up. Thats the one I wanted to tell you about. You know the hinges that hold the mattress rack to the frame? They swivel up and down and have multiple levels to move the mattress down as they get bigger. Well, what I did was have 1 side on the bottom level, and inclined the mattress by attaching the other side to the second to the top level where the mattress would have been when baby was a newborn.



This prevents the suffocation risk of using blankets or lifting the mattress by putting something under the mattress.

Meg - posted on 01/26/2010

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My son slept in a bouncy seat until he couldnt fit in it anymore! He transitioned fine to a crib and has been a great sleeper! He is 2 now, so I dont see a problem with it! What ever works for you!

Iridescent - posted on 01/26/2010

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Why don't you try to put him in his crib with a wedge below the mattress (even a folded quilt)? Sleeping in the bouncy seat is honestly fine. Does he act like he's in pain when he's laying flat? If so, you should probably ask the doctor about reflux as that's a major symptom. There is a thing I just learned about called a Nap Nanny too (http://napnanny.com) that looks like it would have helped considerably if my daughter were smaller now, but is perfect for an infant.

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Rhiannon - posted on 02/26/2011

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Have you tried gripe water it works wonders for soothing babies tummy and helping them pass their wind. I used to put one spoon full in every bottle i made for my daughter.

If he sleeps in his bouncy chair just go with it my daughter slept in her pram for a while as rocking it back and forth was the only way i could get her to sleep x

Kimberly - posted on 01/29/2010

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All three of my kids had different sleeping habits My oldest daughter loved her car seat and slept good there but not in her crib. When my middle daughter was a couple months old, she had croup. She slept for at least a month upright in her swing. My son had to get used to a noisy household and get on a routine before my maternity leave was over, and he slept on the couch or wherever the most family noise was going on.(within reason, that way little noises wouldn't keep waking him up) My philosophy is as long as they (and you) get the required amount of sleep, it really doesn't matter where they sleep. The important thing is that they are watched over and safe.

Claire - posted on 01/29/2010

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By the time your son is too big for his bassinette, you should have talked to his doctor about acid, ear problems, gas, whatever you think his issue may be. We had multiple issues with our son. He had acid and was a bad sleeper in general. The pediatrician encouraged us to try whatever we could think of and most recommendations from others to help him sleep. He did take some naps in his bouncer, but only naps so we could watch him. He (and his older sister) both enjoyed sleeping in the swing (had more secure straps and was a deeper seat so they wouldn't fall out). For normal bedtime, he started in his bassinette with a TIGHTLY tucked-in pillow under him to prop him up. After outgrowing that, he graduated to the pack n play with firm pillows and a comforter that kind of cradled him in a V shape (that was the best he slept). We tried everything we could think of, but he rarely slept in his crib. New matress, wedge under the matress, egg-foam underpad beneath the sheets, we even tried switching to his sister's matress. Once he grew out of the acid, we put his matress on the floor with a bed rail and he loved it. Go figure.

Justine - posted on 01/29/2010

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I would try putting a wedge under his crib mattress and try putting him there for naps so he gets used to it...But my daughter slept in her bouncy seat until about 7 months old, she was born premature so she was still tiny but she is over 2 now and there have been no effects from her sleeping there... Wherever they will sleep, let them be... You'll be a happier mommy...

Amy - posted on 01/27/2010

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My son's pediatrician actually told me to let him sleep in his bouncy seat or car seat. He had acid reflux and couldn't lay flat. That may be a problem for your little one too or maybe it just isn't comfortable for him.

Gina - posted on 01/27/2010

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Does he have an ear problem? Sometime a child won't like to lay down if his/her inner ear is the cause. Can't hurt to check it out.

Alyssa - posted on 01/27/2010

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I see absolutely no problem with it my daughter also slept way better elevated.I had her sleeping with me n my fiance but recently we changed her crib to her playpen n she is sleepn way better

Morgan - posted on 01/27/2010

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My son was the exact same way!! If he wont sleep in his crib regular try wrapping him really tight in a blanket, if that doesn't work what I did was put a blanket over his car seat and let him sleep in there! When I started doing this he started sleeping through the night I think he just felt more secure since he was not so spread out when he was sleeping. I asked our doctor, and he said this was fine. Good luck!! Hope everything works out!!

Sheen - posted on 01/27/2010

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I let my 5 week old take naps in her bouncy seat. I like having around but at night I have her sleep in the co-sleeper. As long as she is happy and comfortable I figure it's fine.

Kelli - posted on 01/27/2010

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I used to lay a boppy pillow in my sons crib and he loved laying with his head propped a bit and the pillow around him. Both my kids would fall asleep in their bouncy seats and I would leave them there til they woke up and it didn't seem to hurt them in any way.

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They sell wedge pillows for the crib. I think it is recommended that you place them under the sheet.
My son sometimes slept in his bouncy seat, especially when he was congested. I always strapped him in. The bouncy seat usually only straps in between their legs and around their waist. I read a story once about a child that strangled himself to death while sleeping in their carseat. The shoulder straps are too dangerous for them be in there without supervision.

Charlene - posted on 01/27/2010

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My daughter had reflux as a baby, but they wouldn't put her on anything. The crib wedges weren't high enough. She needed to be at a 30-45 degree angle, so she wouldn't spit up. The solution - her car seat. We could strap her in, but we hardly ever did. She slept great and spit up less. It made us all a lot happier. She slept in her car seat for about the first 3-4 months of her life.

Amanda - posted on 01/27/2010

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Just put a pillow or blanket under one half of the crib mattress it will prop it up enough that he will be satisfied. My son is the same way but if he lays down flat he snores like a chainsaw. Honest it works.

Lynette - posted on 01/27/2010

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I haven't read other's replies so please excuse me if this has been said already! A baby should NEVER sleep on a pillow even a Boppy pillow! This highly increases the risk of suffocation! I would say it;s much safer he sleeps in the bouncy seat than on a pillow! I have 7 children and all mine have slept in the bouncy seat for extended periods of time. Someone mentioned the Nap Nanny! THis is really neat but expensive but may be a better choice as it would fit in the crib and then your son could be in his own bed!

Cheryl - posted on 01/27/2010

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I think getting your baby on a good routine is a great idea! Im sure unless there's medical reasons to have him in a upright position he will be fine in his crib. Pillows are not a good idea eg SIDS. Also you want the baby to know that his crib is for sleep bouncy chair is for funa awake time. Thats just my opinion starting off right will lead to a happier baby.

Megan - posted on 01/27/2010

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It could be that being flat isn't necessarily the issue but feeling insecure with nothing around him. Pillows and bouncy seats provide a more secure feel with pressure around at least half their body. We had the same issue, but it was solved with a swaddler called the Woombie. They are basically like tight sleep sacks without arms so they can still move their arms and legs within it, but it keeps controls the sudden startle movements that often wake them up and in my son's case kept him from scratching his face in his sleep. It also gives them the secure feeling that they would get with a bouncy seat or pillow. We started when my son was about 6 weeks old and it took him a while to get used to it and to calm down once he was in it, but he is now about 4 months old and sleeps 12 hours. But, if all else fails, a bouncy seat isn't the worst thing a baby could sleep in!

Valerie - posted on 01/27/2010

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My son still sleeps in his bouncy seat for at least half the night. I start him out in his crib but when he wakes up and won't go back to sleep he goes into the bouncer and plays with a teddy bear until he falls asleep. I have to work and can't be up for an hour in the middle of the night waiting for him to go to sleep again. He's a year old now. He likes his crib more and more but we introduced him to it slowly. He used to always sleep in his bouncy seat mainly due to always being congested from colds he brought home from daycare.

Susanna - posted on 01/27/2010

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Hey Mum. Do what Baby wants, It will make your life easier, Dont be hung up on what is " Right or Wrong" there are only learning experiences when it comes to raising children. i have 4 of my own...

Dina - posted on 01/27/2010

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Hey, my son did that for a long time untill we realised it was reflux. We were told to keep him upright for a while after feeding to give his tummy a chance to take in all the milk. We were also told to put a wedge under his mattress to keep him at a 45 degree angle. If he's really young you could give him infacol and when he's older you could give him gripe water - both helped my son to eventually have a good nights sleep laying flat. good luck!

Michelle - posted on 01/26/2010

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I asked my doctor about my son sleeping in his bouncy chair (because the only way he would sleep ewas sitting up do to health problems). The doctor said if he was sleeping comfortably then let him. He just suggested putting one of those head support pillows like they have in car carriers in with him so his head wouldn't slump over. He said that baby would tell me if he was uncomfortable. He slept in either his bouncy chair our his swing for about 2 months. He was broken of the habit by a hospital stay, but even in the hospital they would put him in a bouncy seat for a little while if he was over tired and not sleeping.

Good luck.

Karen - posted on 01/26/2010

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My first 2 loved sleeping in the bouncy seat! They turned out to not have any acid problem. I agree with the idea that it helps with congestion. My 3rd loved her car seat. Wouldn't sleep in a bouncy or crib. I would definitly ask a doctor to check into the acid though just to be sure.

Zaida - posted on 01/26/2010

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Babies, especially babies that are unable to hold their heads, should never have a pillow while they sleep. It puts them at risk of suffocation. Many children die from accidental suffocation and/or roll overs. Just use special precaution. The suggestion of tilting the crib mattress with no objects in the crib should work then use a crib attachment that make vibrations or music.
If you chose to prop them up to sleep in a car seat or bouncy and they are unable to hold their heads, make sure they do not have straps that are near their neck (like the ones from a car seat) that could cause him to suffocate when his head flops forward or down and could accidently cause him strangle himself.

Holly - posted on 01/26/2010

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I have the same problem with my 1 month old & I have been letting her sleep in her bouncy seat, however I put the actual seat inside her crib and she is sleeping a little bit better & for longer. It is the ONLY way she will sleep for more than an hour!

Jennifer - posted on 01/26/2010

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Our son slept in his carseat (unbuckled). We put his seat in his crib, so when he got bigger he'd know where/what his bed was. When he was 6 months he could tip his carseat over, so he had to deal with laying flat in his crib.



In reference to the earlier post about "carseat death"... We angled the carseat back and used a head positioner.

Lara - posted on 01/26/2010

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Both my girls slept in their bouncy seat for the first 4 months of their lives. They hated sleeping flat on their backs and honestly, as long as the babies were asleep, I was happy. I'm of the philosophy, who cares where baby sleeps as long as baby is safe and can sleep soundly.



I have heard that you need to be careful with newborns and wedging up their mattresses as they tend to slide down to the base of the mattress and there is an increased risk of suffocation. I heard this is typically not a concern in children who have learned how to roll over on their own though.



I just came across a product called "Nap Nanny", a foam recliner which allows your baby to sleep at the same angle as a bouncy seat, but with higher sides. (www.napnanny.com) It looks intriguing and I'm thinking of replacing my bouncy-seat sleeping pattern with this for our soon-to-be-newest member (due early March). It's a thought...

Emily - posted on 01/26/2010

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well he doesnt like bein on his tummy, like at all. i feel like we havnt given him enough tummy time or something bc he absolutly hates bein on his belly =/

Jessica - posted on 01/26/2010

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have you tried letting him sleep on his belly? i know they say your not supposed to but my son wouldnt sleep on his back either...he was a very jumpy baby, every lil noise scared him. so we tried his belly and thats the only way he will sleep now we just get him to sleep on our chest and then lay him in his crib on his belly with nothing else in the crib but a blanket.

Iridescent - posted on 01/26/2010

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Just for your peace of mind, the study was in regards to car seats only.
http://sleepeducation.blogspot.com/2009/...

And also, laying on the stomach is considered ok if the reflux is so bad they are more at risk for aspiration. You really do need to determine this with the doctor though as it's different for each child. Stomach sleeping was recommended for my youngest. http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/sle...

Amanda - posted on 01/26/2010

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i use to let my daughter sleep in her bouncer all the time i eventually got her to sleep in her bassinet at night and her bouncer only for naps during the day so i dont think theres anything wrong with it at all but for you to have a pillow in the bassinet with your son is no good he could suffocate from it (SIDS) your not suppose to have anything lose in your babys sleeping area.
Uhm and about your son not liking to be layed flat neither did my daughter and we found out she had acid reflex really bad so her doctor gave her different formula nad they helped her alot so Id talk to your doctor just explain what you said he doesnt like to lay flat and likes to sleep sitting up.
oh and also does he throw up or has a lot of spit up when you burp him cus those are all the signs my daughter had.
good luck and i hope this helped.

Blackwood - posted on 01/26/2010

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I sooo hear you, but mine boy liked to sleep in his swing. There is a positioner that you can buy that is angled. So it might prop him up abit. My son is soon going to be 6 months old and is just starting too sleep in his crib. I started with baby steps. I started putting him in his crib for one nap a day, then soon it was all naps, but still slept in the swing at nite. Then I put him in this crib for a couple hours and once he woke up too feed, I would put him in his swing. He now sleeps in his crib for 8 hrs a nite. Then in his swing for the last 2 hrs. It took awhile. Best wishes

Emily - posted on 01/26/2010

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yeah i actually have that one, but it says on it that babies arnt supposed to sleep in it lol , he's taken naps in it when im around but i feel like he slides down even with the strap and it positions his neck weird...? so im kinda iffy about lettin him sleep in that

Pamalla - posted on 01/26/2010

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My baby boy LOVES to nap in his bouncey chair, He seems more comfy proped up also. he does have alittle bit of reflux. He co sleeps with me but on his own pillow. this pillow is awsome have you ever heard of a boppy pillow? this pillow is kind like that. its shaped like a "C". its meant mostly for nursing. but i lay my baby in it. it stops him from rolling off the bed and it props him up. Mine has a strap that comes up between his legs and Velcros to the bottom of the pillow to keep him from sliding down. I got mine at wal-mart and its called the "Leachco - Cuddle-U Nursing Pillow and More". it is a great buy!!! it really helps. also it isn't too big for his crib ( sometimes he naps in there). It seems like it would be something that might help you and your baby.
P.S. If you do find out your baby has reflux some insurances will pay for a mattress wedge for the crib.

Jackie - posted on 01/26/2010

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A new study was released that babys should NOT sleep in bouncy chairs or car seats for longer then an hour or two and NEVER while not being watched. There is a risk of suffercating to death due to the position of their necks.

Denise - posted on 01/26/2010

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Hi Emily
I had the same problem with my daughter when she was a baby (10 months now). She was a real problem trying to get the wind out of her. I use to just put a pillow or folded blanked under the mattress of the bassinet. This helped her sleep. I actually have to still prop her up a bit in her cot now. I would try propping up the bassinet and see what happens.

Karen - posted on 01/26/2010

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you can get baby sleeping wedges at babies r us that are a solid foam that you can put on top of his mattress and he can lay on it.

Nikki - posted on 01/26/2010

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You can put a pillow or anything in the bottom of the crib under the mattress to prop it up. A lot of babies sleep better like that because it helps with congestion.

Emily - posted on 01/26/2010

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and no im not breastfeeding bc he was super gassy when i was and i just felt horriblw bc i couldnt figure out what it was i was eating or why he was so fussy, i just felt horrible knowing it was like my fault... =/

Emily - posted on 01/26/2010

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yes, he like screams when flat.. ha. were pretty sure he just has really bad gas, and we havnt really tried laying him flat recently or at least since we've switched him to gentlease formula..
and we had a few days in a row when he was just not happy with anything so we took him into the dr. and she gave us a perscription for some antiacid stuff. but i feel like he got better before we even gave it to him so i dont give him the stuff anymore...

Angela - posted on 01/26/2010

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A mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do! As long as you both feel comfortable, stay with it. But do get him checked out for acid reflux. Also, are you breastfeeding? If you are, could you be eating something that gives him indigestion?

Candice - posted on 01/26/2010

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Guess what girl< i have a child that did the same, I couldn't get any sleep, until i had that vibrating bouncy seat. He was just happy in that thing. so what i did was place the bouncy seat inside the crib with the seat belt on. It work for a few weeks than he wanted to lay flat. At least i got sleep during those weeks.

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