Sleeping in swings, help

Stacy - posted on 05/27/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I have a set of almost 5 month old b/g twins who currently sleep in swings, I know I should never have started it !!! I did it with my 15 month old too and she slept in hers until she was 7 months old, then I used the cry it out method and within a week and currently she sleeps in her crib for 12+ hours a night. With that said, I need to get the twins in their cribs, I think they would be more comfortable and my son has plagiocephaly and will be getting his helmet on June 3rd.The dr said before the helmet comes off he needs to be in his crib.. How do I get them to sleep in the cribs. They currently are sleeping 10 to 12 hours a night in their swings and i'd like to have them do this in their cribs... HELP any suggestions would be great.. I have started them napping in there during the day and they do ok just don't sleep long...

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Rebecca - posted on 06/01/2011

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Oh and it will take a while for them to get used to not having the motion of the swing so try turning off the swing right after they fall asleep in it to train them to be able to stay asleep without the motion.

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Rebecca - posted on 06/01/2011

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My twins slept only in their swings for the first 5 months. Acid reflux was the problem and our neonatologist always shunned us for doing it. But it was the only way to get 3 hours of sleep in a row. By the time they were around 6 months old they were getting too big to be in the swings so we had to switch to cribs but they also got on meds for the acid reflux around that time so they were able to sleep laying on their backs. Start getting them used to being in the crib when they are happy and awake. after they get a feel for the space and feel safe there they should fall asleep there without too many problems. Keep the crib a happy place to be with interesting crib toys. The first few times stay with them and after a while you will be able to leave the room for a few minutes and return to comfort them next thing you know they will be comforting each other.

Angie - posted on 05/31/2011

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Good luck with the helmet. Our dr told us only 2 to 3 months and it ended up being 8!

Stacy - posted on 05/30/2011

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My son will only be in his for 5 to 8 weeks at the most so I dont have a huge amount of time and I dont want to have to go through the transition twice or have her bother him when he is transitioned either so I will be doing it at the same time...No his helmet is not covered by Insurance at all they claim it is cosmetic so they won't pay. We are going through Cranial Technologies they do the DOC band. I did check into the hanger helmets but I didnt care for them, I know its alot of money but I also know in the long run it will be worth it.. I am sure that the transitioning will go smoothly they are currently sleeping 10 - 12 hours so even if they only slept half I would still be pretty lucky :)

Angie - posted on 05/30/2011

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Also your dr said by the time his helmet comes off so you still have a while. Mine was in hers for 8 months. I would tackle one thing and one baby at a time. Good luck!

Angie - posted on 05/30/2011

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Maybe just try one at a time. My baby who didn't need the helmet is the one still in her swing. By the way did insurance not cover your helmet? Ours was orginally 1500 from hanger orthotics but we only paid 300!

Stacy - posted on 05/30/2011

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Angie, with the one needing the helmet the Dr said he needs to be in his crib before the helmet comes off.. See sleeping or spending to much time in swings, bouncers or carseats all have a way of causing a misshappen head so therefore since I will be spending $2500-$5000 to fix his head I do not want it to get bad again..Also they seem uncomfortable they like to move around alot and cant. Gonna tackle the challenge of crib transitioning next week. Will be a long week but I know it will be successful in the long run..

Angie - posted on 05/30/2011

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Im not understanding why you need to switch if they are sleeping. My girls are 20 months and one of them still sleeps in her swing during naptime so not to wake her sister. Good luck with the helmet. I think I saw your other post on that and commented. He'll do great and you will be so pleased with the result!

Rebecca - posted on 05/30/2011

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We did the same as Heather. We put the bouncer inside the crib to start (our boys had reflux, our Dr actually suggested this)... and then at about four months we started laying them down in the crib. Our boys NEVER slept 10-12 hour nights though... they woke up every few hours to eat until they were at least 7-8 months old

Heather - posted on 05/28/2011

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One of my twins would only sleep in her swing, I switched her by putting her either in the travel swing or the baby bouncer INSIDE the crib so she could get use to it. Then eventually just put her directly into the crib. It was actually a pretty easy adjustment.

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