4mth old daughter will only sleep in swing. Dr says it's ok. not sure. any advice?

Beth - posted on 08/22/2009 ( 56 moms have responded )

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My 4mth old daughter will only sleep in her swing. The dr says it's ok, but my husband and i would like to get her back in her crib and out of our room. Any advice?

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Kristina - posted on 08/22/2009

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My first child was the same, he always slept in his swing, but as well, the transition once he got too big for the swing was easy enough. Also, my second child would only sleep in her carseat. I felt guilty because I had nice cribs for them to sleep in, but they were more content to sleep in their swing/seats so i let them. Luckily, my third slept in his bed just fine, but my last one, 2 months, wants to sleep in her carseat too. But whatever works for your child is fine, besides, as long as she's sleeping it's all good!

Kristy - posted on 08/28/2009

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That was my daughter!!! for the first 6 months of her life, she would ONLY sleep in her swings... I spent many nights half asleep pushing her in one of those newer cradle swings. I liked that she was mostly laying down instead of sitting upright. She had Acid reflux too.. but by 6 1/2 months or so, she started sleeping in her crib. I'd keep trying to put her down to bed, because one night it will suddenly all be okay (or nap time) just hang in there, she'll outgrow it.

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My advice to you is ger her in her crib as soon as possible. I have 2 9 month old twins, and they always fell asleep in their swings and then I would put them in their cribs. This isn't something she will outgrow on her own. What I did was put the girls in their crib wrapped them up, kissed them goodnight. They cried and cried, I just went in every 5 minutes to rub their back, and then said goodnight again. The first couple times it took them about an hour to fall asleep, now 2 weeks later they fall asleep in their cribs right away. The sooner you start the easier it will be on her :) Goodluck!

Sarah - posted on 08/22/2009

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My first baby was the same way, she slept in her swing until she was so big that it literally would not swing anymore. We were worried she wouldn't go to sleep without the swing, but she did just fine! The transition was quite easy actually. I don't think you have anything to worry about. Some babies are just really into their swings. My second one wants nothing to do with it, go figure lol.

ERIKA - posted on 08/27/2009

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ITS TRUE AS LONG AS YOUR CHILD IS SLEEPING WHETHER IN THEIR CARSEAT OR SWING EVENTUALLY THEY LEAVE IT AND GO BACK TO THEIR CRIB. DONT WORRY THATS HOW MY KIDS WERE.

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Janess - posted on 08/28/2009

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let her sleep where she sleeps ...but if you want her in her crib and out of your room then just put her in there and let her cry until she is really upset then go in hold her calm her down and put her back down. She is young enough that she's not set in her ways and she'll get the hint eventually. It may be a rough few nights for you guys, but in the long run you will be happier and so will she! Good luck!

Laura - posted on 08/28/2009

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Did you ask about posture or anything relating to the swing? My son is 13 weeks and naps in his swing in the day but sleeps in a cot at night. My son didn't sleep in a crib, he just would not settle at all. When we transferred him into a cot he started to sleep the night through. We swpent a lot of money on a sprung mattress and it feels as comfy as our bed! He knows when he goes in his cot that it is bed time. He does not have his naps in it as i don't want to breed confusion. Hope this helps.

Erica - posted on 08/28/2009

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my daughter caitlin had this little swinging chair and from four months old i could only get her to sleep in it,if it gets her to sleep then its no harm at all,she will grow out of that habbit soon enough...look at it this way,atleast she isnt crying to be in ur arms to sleep 24/7.just be sure that u take her out after she falls to sleep.

Lucy - posted on 08/28/2009

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I wouldn't think sleepin in a swing would be very good for the babies developing spine and back muscles. Have you tried co sleeping?

CONCETTA - posted on 08/27/2009

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I HAVE A 4YR OLD AND ONE ON THE WAY I DEC. MY DAUGHTER SLEPT IN HER SWING WHEN SHE WAS THE EXACT SAME MTHS AS YOUR DAUGHTER. IF THATS WHERE SHES COMFORTABLE THEN LET HER SLEEP SHE WILL BE FINE. I'M SURE IF THE DOCS. TOLD YOU SHE WOULD BE FINE SHE WILL BE. ITS NORMAL TO BE CONCERNED BUT TRUST SHE WILL BE OK.

Courtney - posted on 08/27/2009

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my boy would only sleep in bouncer so i put the bouncer in his crib so i could still reach him at night and he did for about two- three months then one night he decided he wanted to lie flat. in his sleep he arched his back and wouldnt go back in so i put him flat and hes slept that way ever sence. so your little one will let you know when she wants to sleep flat.

Erica - posted on 08/27/2009

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I would try letting your little one fall asleep in the swing and take her out 15minutes after she falls asleep and then place her where you want her to sleep. My daughter was not big on a swing but when she did that is what I did with her.

Kari - posted on 08/27/2009

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trust me on this one.....my 6yr old use to only sleep in her swing......she grew out of it by 6 or 7 months.....i know its not much help but hang in there...:)

Erika - posted on 08/27/2009

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My daughter was the same way! Either she slept on me or the swing. After a month I chose the swing. After a few weeks in the swing I put her in her vibrating chair in her crib. And after a month of that I finally got her to sleep in her crib all by herself. It just takes time.

Alexis - posted on 08/27/2009

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Hi Beth, i am having the same issue with my one month old. I asked my doc and he said that were ever they sleep is ok as long as it is safe. I have been slowly trying to get him into a bassinet by letting him take his naps there during the day. Hope all goes well good luck!

Jamie - posted on 08/27/2009

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My daughter is 5 months old and she will only fall asleep in the swing. But once she is asleep, she allows me to pick her up and put her in her crib. Have you tried moving her. what about rocking her? Sometimes I have to let her sleep for a good 45 minutes so she doesnt wake up. but its well worth it.

Jillian - posted on 08/26/2009

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You could try letting her sleep in the swing for a night or two but dont turn it on so its swings... might be easier to get her into the crib... some babies just get use to being propped up like that though... For First time moms the best thing to do to prevent this is when u see your baby dozing off in the swing move them to the crib so they dont get use to being swayed to sleep.

Crystal - posted on 08/26/2009

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both my children have slept in the swing or a bounce chair and they have both been fine. I think it might make them stronger cause hes almost 4 months and can almost sit up on his own.

Frankie - posted on 08/26/2009

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Hi my son did the same thing the only problem I had was that his head did not round out as much as it should have from being in the swing .

Dominique - posted on 08/26/2009

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that is normal for kids to sleep in the swing, it also a safe thing to do beause of so many crib death both my kids slept in a car seat most of the time only because they had breathing problems my dr recommended it, it helped them breath better when asleep, so don't worrie, infact i worried more when they slept in the crib scared they would stop breathing or roll the wrong way

Britt - posted on 08/26/2009

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My son was the same way but we eased him in to sleeping in our room in a pack and play we are now trying to ease him to his own crib. what we did was rocked him to sleep and than moved him to the pack and play and if he woke up and did not cry himself back to sleep soon we rocked him again their were a lot of rough nights but than he got use to rolling on his side that he wants his pack and play now but at times we still have rock him to sleep if he is not tired by bed time

Brittany - posted on 08/26/2009

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My daughter would only sleep in her carseat for the first 5 months. It didn't really bother me when she was tiny but soon she got to where she could flip herself out if she wanted. At that point I was tired of worrying about her and of her sleeping in our room so I put her in her crib. The first week is the hardest. She cried alot but she got used to it and now LOVES being in her crib. You just have to be consistent and put up with some crying but soon both you and her will be sleeping better! good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 08/26/2009

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My son had a bouncer/bassinet type thing, when he was younger and it was the only thing he'd sleep in. It got to the point where I'd just put it in his crib! I realized it was because the crib was so big and he was so small. If you think about it babys spend 9 months in a very small setting, so the big crib is intimidating. I bought him thing thats ment to keep him from rolling over i just set it so he could lay on his back in between the 2 pieces and nice and snuggly. it took a lil time but he finally got comfy in it.

Alexis - posted on 08/25/2009

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You should check out the book HAPPIEST BABY ON THE BLOCK. It talks about it being ok for younger babies to sleep in swings and when and how to wean them.

Allegra - posted on 08/25/2009

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My daughter is 5 months, almost 6 and she went through a phase like that. They said it's because it feels like the motions when their in the womb and its soothing to them. My duaghter would not go to sleep one night and frustrate, I put her in her swing to give myself a break...well she slept 7 straight hours and woke up a very happy little girl, as did I! Try putting her in her crib once she's sound asleep so it can start to getting used to waking up there, then maybe it will start to get easier for her to sleep there, good luck!

Christina - posted on 08/25/2009

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My sister was the same way. She wouldn't sleep unless she was in that swing. My parents just let her sleep in the swing until she was do big for it. She switched from swing to crib no problem. She will let you know when she is ready to sleep in a crib.

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my 2nd child slept in the swing until she was about 8 months old, she just loved the rocking of the swing..it didnt bother me to bad, about getting her out of your room, try laying the swing back as far as it will go, and let her sleep in the swing, in her room, i did that, and my baby is just fine, when she starts moving around alot then you need to think about the crib, until then, nothing should be a problem.., hope i helped a little..

Ashley - posted on 08/25/2009

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my daughter slept in her swing since day 1 it was very awkward for us too, but i would say just keep trying the bed she pretty much grew out of it

Samantha - posted on 08/25/2009

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Will she stay sleep if you pick her up and put her in her bed? if so then I don't see anything wrong with letting her fall asleep in the swing,then put her to bed.

Brooke - posted on 08/25/2009

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My son did the SAME THING. I used to put him in his bed, then he ended up with colic and acid reflex. The Dr. told us it was okay for him to sleep in his swing, during naps and bedtime. I really wanted him back in his own bed, in his own room. WHen he was 4 months old i started putting the swing in his room. Letting him sleep in the swing, but in his own room. Then we started putting him in his swing during naps, but at bed time we put him in his bed. Eventually we got him out of the swing and in his own bed.
Sometimes i have to admit, i get a little inpatient and just put him in his swing to make it easier on myself, i suppose.
You'll get there. It was rough listening to my son cry, but at the end it makes it so much easier on yourself and your daughter

Rachelle - posted on 08/25/2009

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i wanted my baby to go to sleep in her basinet so i got the local family health care nurse to give me advice, she didnt like it at first and i had to find which technique worked but it was worth it. try getting a book, possibly by a baby whisperer.

Sarah - posted on 08/25/2009

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Sometimes my son is sleepy but will not fall asleep when I hold him or rock him. I put him in the swing for 10 or 15 minutes and when I know he is really sleeping hard I move him to his bed. It has worked well for us and he loves his swing. I agree though - I hate leaving him there to sleep for too long. Good Luck!

Rachel - posted on 08/25/2009

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Hi Beth, my son who is now 4 had to sleep in his swing until about 8 months. He had really bad reflux! Another idea my doctor gave me was to put a pillow under the crib mattress so that he was still at an incline. I don't know if this will help, but I thought I would give it a try, let me know how it works out!

Rachel

Brianna - posted on 08/25/2009

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My son was the same way. We just waited until he was too big for the swing and then stuck him in the crib, it took a few days but eventually he got used to it!

Alicia - posted on 08/25/2009

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hey beth,
my daughter did the same thing... i just made sure that she had her head supported and that i was with her when she was in the swing... i would put the swing on the side of me or in front of me while i watched tv or did something else... my doctor said the same thing but just to make sure she was strapped in and supported where she needed it... hope this helps...

Beth - posted on 08/25/2009

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Thanks everyone for the advice! Luckily, she doesn't sleep on the back of her head. she turns her head to the side. She slept for an hour in her crib yesterday, so we're progressing..we'll just take it one day at a time

Rosa - posted on 08/25/2009

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lol wish mine would have done that my son would only go to sleep by us rocking him in a pillow..>It was horrible and a Huge mistake for us to have done that...LMAO I can still see it now...Every single night my husband and I would take turns laying flat on the bed with a pillow in our arms and our son in the middle lifting away...OMG we had to do this for a year....LoooooL my muscles were huge by the time I was finally able to break him...But my daughter also did sleep in her swing a vast majority of the time...It was great..>I am also an RN nursing student....And everyone will have a diff. opinion on this but in the end you will see it causes no harm...Try and keep her off of the back of her HEAD though as much has possible that will cause the back of her head to flatten out and cause hair lose!!!!!!

Amelia - posted on 08/25/2009

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My daughter was thw same way up until about 7 months i believe. She just slept in it beside our bed. We tried a bassinet for her several times but i found if i rocked her in the bassinet for awhile til she fell asleep helped. But later in the night i was finding myself putting her back in her swing or rocking her again. She finally just took to the bassinet one night and now shes in a crib and almost a year old. If it works it works just keep trying. They will adapt on their own :) Good luck

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My son was colicky for the first 6 months. 24 hours a day! The only places he would sleep were in my arms if I was in the rocking chair, or in his swing in front of the tv with the volume down really low. Even if I had his back to the tv. The doctors said it was the white noise that helped him sleep. He slept during car rides, or when I used the vac. It is okay for them to sleep like this. In fact, none of my three boys really cared for a crib. All of them preferred a playpen. I don't know why! They just slept better in a playpen close to the floor. I wouldn't worry about it. She is young. You can also try transitioning her to the crib or playpen. If her swing is a small one like mine was (a portable swing), you can slowly move it closer to the crib. If you can get her to sleep in her car seat, our doctor had us sit the car seat in the crib. That helped my boys adjust to the crib.

Jessica - posted on 08/24/2009

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if the doctor says it's okay, then what's the problem? and for those of you who are saying that she has to do it your way....why? every child is different, my son only slept in his swing for a few months, and i had no trouble transitioning him to the crib...it was like he didn't even know the difference. don't think that just because you had a problem with it, that everyone else will too.

Brandie - posted on 08/24/2009

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as long as you are not allowing her head to go flat on the back it shouldn't be a problem. Make sure to prop her so she sleeps on the sides of her pretty little head or I guarentee she will have to wear one of those helmets that reshape their heads.

MANDY - posted on 08/24/2009

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MY 1ST ONE SLEPT IN THE SWING, I JUST MADE IT TO WHERE THERE WAS NO WAY OF HIM COMMING OUT AND I PUT IT RIGHT BESIDE MY BED AND CHECKED ON HIM RELIGOUSLY.

Mary - posted on 08/24/2009

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yes my daughter slept in her crib for awhile..and it was easy to transition her too. i wouldnt worry about it

Casey - posted on 08/24/2009

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I have always been pretty strict on routines and think that babies and any children for that matter should be sleeping in their bed as bad habbits are soooooo easy to get into and realllly hard to get out of. my son had a swing as a baby and used to love swinging in it but when he did fall asleep in it I would get him up and give him a bottle and put him in his own bed, he has never slept in our bed and never will, they need to know where they're beds are and be comfortable in them so as they get older you won't have dramas with bedtime, it only gets harder as they get older. I passed my swing on to my sister when she had her baby and she used to let her baby sleep in it all day and even now her baby is 8 months old and a nightmare to get to sleep, you may get peace and quiet now but you'll pay for it later.

Megan - posted on 08/23/2009

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my daughter slept in a swing for quite a while. when we decided to make her sleep in her crib she cried the first few nights, but she got used to it. it's always hard to hear them cry, my husband had to keep reminding me that it was for the best, but she has been doing so good, we recently got her a toddler bed and she transferred over just fine. when you want her to start sleeping in a crib then make the transition, i'd say if she cries every night for longer than a week then you might want to look at different ideas, but a little crying from change is normal

Jane - posted on 08/23/2009

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my 1st baby spent lots of time in her swing, she loved it. My second baby (who was born with a nice round hear) spent 6 hours in it when he was 4 weeks old, and omg just like that his head went all too one side. So f**k the swing.I will never forgive my-self for that. he`s 4 years old and still has a good size bump on one side of him head.

Jen - posted on 08/23/2009

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Quoting Becky:

Hi Beth! I'm a mom of 2 and 1 one the way. my oldest would only sleep in her carseat or with me, so i got a boppy to put in the bed with her and used it as her pillow. it worked wonders. she liked the surrounded feeling. hope this helps, i tried everything with her and this was the only thing that worked for me. I bought one right away for my son and will for my next.


Glad to know I'm not the only mom who let their child sleep in a boppy lol. My daugter slept in one every night until she was 8 weeks old. :)

Jen - posted on 08/23/2009

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My daughter took all of her naps in her swing until she started day care at 4 months. It was hard trying to transition her into sleeping in a pack-n-play for nap at day care. I don't think it took any longer than a week before she was fine with sleeping in her pack-n-play. I made sure to have a blankie and a stuffed animal for her to snuggle up with and suck on. We also put her to sleep with music. She's 20 months now and sleeps on a mat at day care, but they rub her back to get her to go to sleep lol. Good luck.

Melissa - posted on 08/23/2009

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Hi. As the owner of a very well known infant and toddler program, I have to say that you do not want to get her into the routine of sleeping in a swing. It is a horrible habit to start, because when she is too big for the swing what are you going to do? Stand and sway her back and forth? Try rocking her a little bit and then putting her in the crib. I know that it is hard to hear your child cry, I have two children and it hurts me a lot at first. They do get into a routine of sleeping in their crib and it doesn't take that long. Good luck!

Betty - posted on 08/22/2009

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Just be glad she isn't wanting to sleep in your bed. You could always move the swing to her bedroom. As long as you have a good baby monitor she will be just as safe as she would be in your bedroom.

Ceeg - posted on 08/22/2009

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Your baby is young enough she can be taught to sleep in her crib. I felt horrible when my baby would cry when he goes down for naps in his crib. But he only cries for 10 mins and pauses during that 10 mins. Sometimes crying helps them go to sleep. I would start by waiting till she can hardly keep her eyes open and then take her out of her swing and put her in her crib. It may take 2 or 3 days of crying but if shes tired enough she will sleep.

Jamie - posted on 08/22/2009

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Heres my question, is it working? if so i dont see the need to move her to a crib right now. My son slept in a bouncy seat until he started rolling over. As long as she is safe i say keep going.

Becky - posted on 08/22/2009

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Hi Beth! I'm a mom of 2 and 1 one the way. my oldest would only sleep in her carseat or with me, so i got a boppy to put in the bed with her and used it as her pillow. it worked wonders. she liked the surrounded feeling. hope this helps, i tried everything with her and this was the only thing that worked for me. I bought one right away for my son and will for my next.

Beth - posted on 08/22/2009

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Thanks for all the advice so far! I have talked with my husband and he has seen your comments and we agree that we will just let nature take it's course and when she's ready for her crib, she'll let us know!!!

Jessika - posted on 08/22/2009

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Hi Beth, I think it's fine to let a baby sleep where they feel comfortable. The swing obviously makes her feel safe and secure; I guess the only thing is when she grows out of it.. Does she sleep with it actually swinging? Because if she slept without it swinging it'd be much easier to transition into a crib. My baby would only sleep in our bed for the 1st 3 months, i took the step to put him in his own crib one night.. It was a rough week, but they get used to the change. Just be consistant. :)

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