Hello, does anyone have advice on how to get a 6 mos old out of a bouncer seat when he sleeps at night? Since 2.5 mos my son has been sleeping through the entire night in a bouncy seat but he is just about to grow out of it and will not sleep on his back through the night. Any advice?

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Gail - posted on 02/01/2009

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Quoting Cara:

Hello, does anyone have advice on how to get a 6 mos old out of a bouncer seat when he sleeps at night? Since 2.5 mos my son has been sleeping through the entire night in a bouncy seat but he is just about to grow out of it and will not sleep on his back through the night. Any advice?




if you are about to put him into a proper cot  try try putting a couple of pillows under the matress to raise it  but not  2 high i have had 6 children  and got  8 small granchildren and this  worked for one off mine who had the same and it as just worked with my youngest granchild who is 14 months old it is also good when they have colds  hope this workes for you good luck  you could also try rolling a couple of smll blankets up and put them behind his back if he dont like lying on his back hope this will help good luck with your baby enjoy all the ups and downs because they are not babies long

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User - posted on 01/30/2009

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Would recommend the website that Karen mentioned.



www.babysleepanswers.com



Really commonsense advice that suits your bubs,and a bit of support from online. BTW we don't work for them or anything!!!



Tried lots of different books with my first, had a look at this one for my second - definately the most adaptable advice.



Good luck.



kx

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The advice about a chiropractor is the best advice, it isn't just about getting your baby to sleep, it's about finding out why your baby doesn't like to sleep on his back. Better to rule out any problems first.

Ashley - posted on 01/29/2009

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hi i have a 10 month old baby girl and i had the same problem. she used to sleep in her carseat and wouldnt sleep on her back in a crib or anything but her carseat. i tried sleeping her on her tummy. she loved it and i never had a problem since i just rub her back for a few minutes and she falls asleep. i hope i could help

Lina - posted on 01/29/2009

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I think your son may like being in the upright position for now. There are sleep wedges in the store that will elevate either your baby or the mattress. I would try going to a thrift store or consignment shop and try one out under the mattress first. If the baby is use to the feeling of the bouncer being kind of like a net around him then maybe switching to cosleeping for a little bit to get him use to a mattress. Or try a sleep positioner and see if you can place him on his side.

Karen - posted on 01/29/2009

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Ana - posted on 01/28/2009

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I think you just have to put him in his crib and when he wakes up, tend to him. Not all babies sleep through the night. My son was still waking up once a night after he turned 18 months. It was a bad idea to get him accustomed to sleeping in the bouncy whatever in the first place. It can't be very good for his back.

User - posted on 01/28/2009

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I would start with naps, thats how i did it. I started by just not letting my boy sleep during naps in his chair. Then once he stopped fighting sleeping on his back during naps, i started doing it at night, it took a few nights. But i know we all need that extra time to get stuff done at night, and want to be able to just put them in the bed sleeping and not worry that they'll be up in ten mins because they are uncomfortable, And the sleep right pillows dont use them they are just as bad and bumper pads for babies that cant move away from them. Ive also used nap time to get him use to putting himself to sleep then once he'd do it for two or three naps then i started at night. Along with the bedtime bottles, i'd just let him hold it well he sat on my lap and looked at books that i was reading him.

Sandy - posted on 01/28/2009

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Quoting Cara:

Hello, does anyone have advice on how to get a 6 mos old out of a bouncer seat when he sleeps at night? Since 2.5 mos my son has been sleeping through the entire night in a bouncy seat but he is just about to grow out of it and will not sleep on his back through the night. Any advice?




Do the tough love for 3 nights. It's hard but you have to let him cry and on the 3rd night should be fine. We did this for our baby boy at 4 months and he has been sleeping thru the night ever since and he is now 9 months old. good luck

Nina - posted on 01/28/2009

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Quoting Stephani:



My Dr. had us put a phone book under the crib mattess. He said our son liked the angle of the car seat because of acid reflux,it help to keep it down. I did it and it worked. We didn't take it out until he was about 11 mos old.





I agree with Stephani.  Whether it's a phone book or a pillow under the crib mattress; try elivating the mattress at your baby's head.  He might just like that he's not flat on his back.

Stephani - posted on 01/28/2009

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My Dr. had us put a phone book under the crib mattess. He said our son liked the angle of the car seat because of acid reflux,it help to keep it down. I did it and it worked. We didn't take it out until he was about 11 mos old.

Sonja - posted on 01/28/2009

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hi cara. my daughter never liked her back either but we used a sleep positioner which also elevated her upper body and we also put a blanket underneath the mattress to raise it up even more. but this was only til she could roll over and then we started letting her sleep on her tummy and she is much happier. i know you get advice from so many people about the stomach sleeping so i would say just trust your gut feeling as to whether it is right for you and your family. good luck.

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I would suggest start putting him in his crib once he's asleep. That way when he wakes up he will associate sleep with his crib. If you're brave, you can do what the Baby Whisperer suggests and take a few nights and just keep putting him back in his crib as many times as it takes until he falls asleep. Sleeping on his side is a good option too...rolling blankets sometimes worked for my son but if they weren't rolled just right, it didn't work! Although it's still not advised to put 6 month olds on their stomachs, if he can roll over it's tons safer so you might want to try that too. Good luck!

Tiffany - posted on 01/28/2009

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I'm not sure if your son is still small enough for a sleep positioner which could help, they make really good ones now that have memory foam and an angle to them which might would help. But the ones I have seen are generally made for newborns.



I would recommend a bed wedge. The big triangle wedge pillows you lay on top of the bed mattress and then put the crib sheet back over the top. The upward angle will not be as much as the one he is use to in his bouncer but he will definately not be lying flat on his back.



 

Jennifer - posted on 01/28/2009

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I would always try him out in different things throughout the day. To try to get him out of being use to just one thing. I would probably lie him on his bed maybe inclined at first. Even if he only takes a little nap. I'm sure he won't be happy at first. But eventually he will get use to it.



Good luck

Michelle - posted on 01/28/2009

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Have you tried placing a blanket underneath him and when your ready to put him in bed use the blanket to lift him up into a swaddle position. I do that if he falls asleep on the floor and want to put him in his bed

Jonie - posted on 01/28/2009

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Have your tried to move him after he is sleep?  ? I did that for my daughter and now she falls asleep as soon as she hits the crib... But she loves her tummy and a light blankie over the side of her face.. ... Good Luck!

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honestly, my daughter slept in a bouncey seat, inside a co-sleeper, til almost 7 months. she was sleeping thru the night at 6 weeks and exclusively breast fed, so this all seemed too good to be true and i was so terrified to mess with it. for a breast fed baby, who normally has to eat every 2 hours, to sleep thru that young, it was unheard of! i didn't even think it was "allowed"! haha. i know everyone and their mother will tell you its not good for them, but no sleep isn't so great for them either. do what works for your child. you can also try elevating the one side of the crib if your baby has a tendency to sleep still.

Kelly - posted on 01/28/2009

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Quoting Cara:

Hello, does anyone have advice on how to get a 6 mos old out of a bouncer seat when he sleeps at night? Since 2.5 mos my son has been sleeping through the entire night in a bouncy seat but he is just about to grow out of it and will not sleep on his back through the night. Any advice?




If he is flipping himself over on his own there is nothing u can do. Let him sleep that way. If he flipped one way he'll flip the other if needed. I left my son in the bouncer seat a little too long. He was definately too big for it & he flipped it over with him in it. All is well but it gave us a trip to the ER.

Jessica - posted on 01/28/2009

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My son has slept on his stomach since he was one month old--I know it sounds scary.  I was against it at first.  My daughter never had trouble on her back as long as she was swaddled.  My son was just completely different.  He was like a turtle flipped onto it's shell when he was on his back.  So during the day for his naps I started putting him on his belly so I could watch him.  He did great and almost immediately he started sleeping!  Certainly at six months your baby can lift his head well and has probably rolled, right?  If that's the case, just remove EVERYTHING from the crib and try his belly, if you feel comfortable doing so.  The only thing my son has in the crib is a breathable bumper so he doesn't constantly stick his arms and legs through the sides.  He's nine months old today and I wouldn't do anything differently!  Good luck!

Cara - posted on 01/28/2009

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Both of my kids slept in a seat for a few months also. They don't like to lay on a flat surface because they don't feel secure. I got a thing that they sleep on that was elevated and had two things on the side that velcro to it. That worked for me. And also, swaddling them works too...it's all about them feeling secure.



Do they still make it?

Cara - posted on 01/28/2009

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it will be difficult at first but you'll just have to get through it. the same thing happened w/my son. he slept through the night from about 4 weeks til 4 months in his bouncy seat. then we decided it was time to move him to the crib. the first month he woke up several times during the night (well two) then it moved to once for awhile and now he sleeps from about 8 pmto 7 am all by himself in his crib and he's not quite 9 months old. you just have to have patience and make it through those first long nights.






So, did you let your baby cry it out?  Or feed him back to sleep?  What worked for you to put him back to sleep when he woke up?

Cara - posted on 01/28/2009

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Hi Sue-  Can you tell me where I can get a head hugger or which one you used?  Your idea with the head hugger and boppy pillow sounds like it may work. 

Maria - posted on 01/28/2009

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Quoting Cara:

Hello, does anyone have advice on how to get a 6 mos old out of a bouncer seat when he sleeps at night? Since 2.5 mos my son has been sleeping through the entire night in a bouncy seat but he is just about to grow out of it and will not sleep on his back through the night. Any advice?




dear cara.



 my daughter is nearly 6 months old and she will only sleep on her side. so you cud try that good luk watever you do.xxx

User - posted on 01/28/2009

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My SIL told me that babies are so used to being in a confined space when they are born. They like the swaddling but when you put them in a big open space, like a crib, it still scares them. They feel insecure because there is a lot of room around their head. She suggested to put them in the corner of the crib, not up against the corner, just closer to the corner rather than in the middle. That way they feel more secure. I did this with all 3 of my kids, it worked very well. If you can do that with an inclined mattress, maybe it will seem similar enough to the bouncy seat. Good Luck :)

Rebecca - posted on 01/28/2009

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My youngest son, Gabriel, would not sleep in his crib until he was almost 7 months old. His doctor said he had acid reflux and to let him sleep in the swing. Almost to the date of his seven-month birthday he began napping in his crib and now sleeps in his crib all the time. I would try naps in the crib first so it doesn't interfere with your sleeping at night.

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If he won,t sleep on his back, I would take him to a chiropractor, find a Palmer College graduate who sees lots of kids.  He may have a kink in his neck that makes it uncomforitable to lay down, and can lead to toher problems.  So ask your friends for a good referal.   Being born is hard on a baby and his neck.

Laura - posted on 01/28/2009

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Dear cara,

I know the hospitals tell you not to put babies on there bellys but i slept like that as a baby as well as most of the members in my family at 6 mos babies have fairley good head control so if hes not comfortable he will move into a position that is. Try giving him a larger feeding at night time and after rocking him to sleep place him on his belly or back and continue to pad his bum or whatever and see what happens.

good luck :)

Kelly - posted on 01/28/2009

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my daughter slept in her chair until 16 wks, i started putting her up to bed in her cot for her nap at 15wks to get her used to it and then gradually put her in at night in a sleeping bag as she slept with her knees in the air and didn't like being swaddled! she ejoyed watching/ listening her mobile and had a little blanket nxt to her face for comfort.

Erica - posted on 01/28/2009

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Like everyone else on their side, i know they say no tummy but your son is almost 6 months old he move his head fine try his tummy

Amy - posted on 01/28/2009

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Try laying him down on his stomach..I know doctors say not too do that, but my son would never sleep on his back..I put him on his stomach one night when he was 4 weeks old and he passed right out and slept throughout the night with no waking up...At 6 months your baby should be fine..

Caryn - posted on 01/28/2009

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I had the same problem when my daughter was born. She would only sleep in her boppy and then she got to big for that fast. She does not like to sleep on her back. Most nights we would end up on the couch and she would sleep on her tummy on my chest. My grandmother suggested to me to put my daughter on her tummy. She moved her head from side to side and now can lift it up pretty well. I tried her tummy and she sleeps anywhere from 7-9 hours a night. I was scared the first night I tired it but I thought it had to be better than not getting any sleep at all. (Like my grandma said she had six children and they all slept on there tummies and are all fine) My daughter is now five months old and I would say I started putting her on her tummy around two in half to three months old.  Good luck to you in whatever you try.

Alyssa - posted on 01/28/2009

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I used a sleep positioner for my son for about a week. He'd wake up because he'd get hot and sweaty! I actually moved him from the bouncy seat to a crib with no problems AFTER I used a couple of blankets to raise the mattress up a few inches. He got used to sleeping with his head elevated and the blankets did the trick!

Jennifer - posted on 01/28/2009

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If your baby can roll onto his tummy, and you keep moving him back, to his back he may be getting frustraighted and amped up.  Which will make him not want to sleep at all.  Try rocking him, to the point of almost sleep, and then put him on his back, if he rolls over it should be fine.  Limit the blankets and toys in the crib and get a heater to keep the room comfortable instead.  Baby's naturally want to sleep on there tummys, especially if there tummy's are upset.  I say if he easily rolls, then let him try it.  You may never sleep well again, but believe me he will! :)  Good luck!

Jaime - posted on 01/28/2009

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Maybe you can put the crib on an incline, that way the baby isin't laying so flat on his back.

Paula - posted on 01/28/2009

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Both of my kids slept in a seat for a few months also. They don't like to lay on a flat surface because they don't feel secure. I got a thing that they sleep on that was elevated and had two things on the side that velcro to it. That worked for me. And also, swaddling them works too...it's all about them feeling secure.

Amanda - posted on 01/28/2009

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it will be difficult at first but you'll just have to get through it. the same thing happened w/my son. he slept through the night from about 4 weeks til 4 months in his bouncy seat. then we decided it was time to move him to the crib. the first month he woke up several times during the night (well two) then it moved to once for awhile and now he sleeps from about 8 pmto 7 am all by himself in his crib and he's not quite 9 months old. you just have to have patience and make it through those first long nights.

Michelle - posted on 01/28/2009

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Quoting Heather:

My daughter will only sleep on her side. I bought a "The First Years" sleep positioner and it's worked out great! Here's a link: www.amazon.com/First-Years-Air-Flow-Back...


oooooo do they really work? i wanted to get one with my 1st baby but i did not know if it was a good idea being that everyone makes a stink about how you let you baby sleep ..should you put them on the back tummy or side ...



So i should get one for the next time ?

Sue - posted on 01/28/2009

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I had the same problem, ds would only sleep in car seat or bouncy chair for first couple of months. To transition him to his bassinett, I put a wedge pillow under him to keep him elevated slightly, used a head hugger, and put my boppy pillow around his feet. It did work and I gradually took away the props. Before getting rid of the wedge, I switched it for a smaller one before doing away with it all together. The head hugger I kept for awhile, using it to transition him to his crib from the bassinet so he would have something familier to go with him. Good luck!

Kristin - posted on 01/28/2009

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I know that all of the books tell you NOT to put babies on their tummies....however, my daughter can roll her head back and forth, and since the age of 2 months, she has been on her tummy, and sleeping 9 hours a night. If your son can move his head , try him on his tummy. Books are not always right...and your baby will tell you what he likes!!!

Sarah - posted on 01/28/2009

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You can get a wedge (or a rolled up towel works too) to put under the crib mattress so it is angled up like a bouncy seat... not as high an angle, but not flat

Michelle - posted on 01/28/2009

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hi cara,



my son slept in his bouncie seat for a while then I would put him in bed with either a stuffed animal or a blanket.I also found out that no matter which way you lay your child they will move in the middle of the night the way we do..so tummy sleeping,back,or side  in my opinion it doesn't matter however you prefer the baby will get comfortable on his own just keep checking on him/her.And as a mothers instinct you can usually tell if anything is wrong before you are close to them.(ie same room.)

Michelle - posted on 01/28/2009

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try his side... i would not put him on his tummy yet ... just roll some blankets up and put one on each side

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