Swing Sleeper

Mona - posted on 10/20/2008 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 8 week old dislikes sleeping in his crib. He will sleep 5-6 hours at night in his swing (no motion required). If he falls asleep in my arms and I put him down in his crib he will last about 1 1/2 hours and start crying. I guess he likes the shape of the seat as it makes him feel secure. Any advice on how to get him to sleep in his crib at night?

Mona

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Mona - posted on 10/24/2008

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Thank you for all the great feedback! I had a 2 month checkup for him today and his doctor said it's not a big deal if he wants to sleep in his swing...eventually he will have to sleep in his crib. So I'm not going to stress about it anymore. :)

Jamie - posted on 10/24/2008

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My daughter has the same sleep habits. She sleeps great in her swing, but wakes if I try to move her to the bassinette. My son (who's 3 now) used to do the same thing and finally he just outgrew the swing and had no choice... once he was used to sleeping thorugh the night though it was easier to get him to sleep in the crib... it just took a couple nights of crying himself to sleep and then everything was good :)

Laura - posted on 10/23/2008

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I am actually having the same problem. My son is also 8 weeks old and refuses to sleep in his crib. The minute I put him in it he cries and cries and cries until I take him out. One night I put him in there and tried to play the "tough love" role and tried to let him cry till he feel asleep. Well that didnt work because literally 2 hours later he was still crying and didnt let up. I felt like a horrible mother for allowing him to lay there for those 2 hours crying. So of course I took him out and comforted him. But anyway back to the story. He refuses to sleep in his crib. The only places he will sleep is in his swing and with me, which shouldnt be an option because he could die sleeping with me. My advice is to just let him sleep where hes comfortable. Babies like to feel safe when they sleep. If he like the swing and the swing isnt hurting him them so be it. And its not a bad thing when both you and him are getting a good nights sleep. I dont knock sleep! Lol! When he gets older he will eventually sleep in his crib. It'll just take time for it to happen. When hes a little older just try to gradually ween him from his swing to the crib. For instance, start putting him in there for naps, rotate nights: one night in the swing and one night in the crib and use the crib in your everyday activitues. Just continue being the good mom you are, follow your instincts and everything will fall into place. The day will come when he wants to sleep in his crib all night and you will know when that day will be....trust me!

Xenia - posted on 10/23/2008

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My son has been sleeping in his crib since he was 2 weeks. He now sleeps all night from 12 to about 7:30 am. He's been sleeping all night for about 3 weeks. You just got to let them cry. They will get the hang of it in a couple of nights. I won't pick my son up out the crib. If i think he needs to burp, i'll sit him up inside the crib. They are smarter than we think.

Regina - posted on 10/23/2008

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Pretty soon he will outgrow the swing and have no choice but to get used to the crib. I would try putting him in his crib when he is tired and sit/stand next to it until he calms down in there. I don't know if you use a pacifier, but I gently wiggle the pacifier as I sing to my daughter. Eventually she got used to the crib. She now sleeps 9 hours at night in it!

Alyssa - posted on 10/22/2008

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i have the same problem with my daughter.. she will go into her swing awake and ill turn on her swing and lullibies and she wiill fall right to sleep.. but if i try the crib she will not stay there she cries and cries and i cant stand letting her cry so i go get her of course and put her in her swign and she goes right to sleep so heres some of the suggestions ive gotttin and im planning on trying..



1: try heating her crib up with a heating pad.. then REMOVE the heating pad before laying her down.. they say its because your arms are so warm and maybe her crib is cold

2: keep a radio on in her room so she hears voices and wont feel alone

3: If your not playing with him/her in there room and there not in there very often they may be scared and not feel safe in their room. so i was told to try play time in their room at first, then try quiet play time by there self, and then try one nap in there and see if they just need to get comfotable with their room.



let me know if any of this woorks for anyone .. hope i was a help!

Lacey - posted on 10/21/2008

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I have the same problem however, mine just doesn't like to sleep by himself at all. He doesnt like to go to bed until like 12 or 1 am. I will get him to sleep then, if i try to lay him in his crib, he lasts about 15 min. By the time I get him back to sleep I just put him in bed with me. Then he sleeps most of the night with me. I guess I shouldn't have started to let him sleep with me. Any suggestions?

Katie - posted on 10/21/2008

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My little girl likes to sleep in her swing also. I think it probably is the shape. She will sleep part of the night then wake up and will not go back into her crib.

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