Hanging out in swing too much....bad???

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Hanging out in swing too much....bad???

Postby babyhelstrup » Tue Feb 16, 2010 3:50 pm

My LO loves her swing. So much that she falls asleep in it and when she is fussy she will just chill in it. It is like magic.. When ever I hold her she always wants to eat. So we have been putting her in it more. Is this bad? If she is sleeping and it stops swinging she will wake up and start to fuss. I have had a hard time getting her to sleep in her bassinette. So I havce let her sleep in the chair. I hope I am not making her dependent on the chair. she used to love to sleep on someone but not as much anymore..
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Postby BrettsBaby6907 » Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:44 pm

I can't wait to see the answers to this! My lo is exactly the same, she sometimes sleeps through the night in it!!
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Postby babyhelstrup » Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:51 pm

I feel bad doing it but I need my sleep also. I feel selfish but a functioning mommy is much better to have. A friend told me that she is not fond of the swing because it does not teach them how to sooth themselves. Which makes sense to me. But at 2 wks is it really something to worry about.....??? I really think that part of it has to do with that she likes to site up more than lie on her back.
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Postby jodilynn » Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:20 pm

IMO I dont see the big deal at all. People worry to much about if the baby will be able to soothe themselves. We are there mothers, what is wrong with soothing them? I know I love being able to soothe my little guy to sleep. He loves being rocked in his bassinet, just be thankful yours is automatic and you dont have to keep pushing it yourself :wink: I think your just fine. Plus, your LO is 2 weeks old, WAY too early to be concerned with stuff life this. Whatever works, works!
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Postby Wishingandwaitingnomore! » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:34 pm

Gabriel loves his swing too. Loves to watch me do house chores from it, take naps in it, and sleep at night there as well.

I personally don't see anything wrong with it. He gets a lot of time outside the swing too, exploring his world, looking around at different rooms and playing with momma or daddy.

The only downside (but this could happen to any baby) is that lying down rubs the back of their head and makes a bald spot lol. Poor Gabe has a bowl cut with lots of hair up top, bald in the middle back of his head and then lots of hair on the lower back of his head.

About self soothing... for us personally he doesn't like his crib to sleep in at night because he's not moving. With that said, he will sleep in his pack and play on a flat surface for naps... Kinda wierd.

I agree with a PP though. Whatever works, works!
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Postby MotoX Mom » Thu Feb 18, 2010 7:39 pm

In the book "Happiest Baby on the Block" (HIGHLY recommend for the 4th tri time) Dr. K suggests that swinging on the highest speed helps soothe babies who are transitioning into the world since that is what they have been feeling for the last 9m inside you! He then suggests that as the baby gets older to reduce the speed as they will not need it as much once they have been out for a while.

The swinging is actually part of the 5 S's for helping to soothe babies in the womb to world transition time. Its a great book! I wish i had it before R was born :( I didnt start til she was 2m, but still helped me learn where she was coming from :)

So I say, swing away! DD only sleeps for naps in the swing still. If it works, do it.
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Postby babyhelstrup » Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:44 pm

Moto..

I rented the DVD as I am not a big fan of reading. Plus figure that the DVD will actually show me things.. And i am more of an auto person. I need to really watch it.

The swing has abt 5 speeds. Right now she is on the lowest speed and it has a good swing to it. I actually slow it down a bit.. But good to know. I am going to keep on it... I am able to move her IF she is knocked out.

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Postby MotoX Mom » Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:03 pm

Its GREAT. I wish I would have got the DVD too :) I never used the swing on high because ours swung pretty dang fast on the lowest speed. DD was only 5.14 when born, so that didnt help either. Let us know how you like the DVD!
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Postby Sparkycat » Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:50 pm

Just wanted to share that my first two children practically lived in either their vibrating bouncy seats or swings. Seriously they loved it.

They don't seem to have any long term effects from it. :P

I agree that it's a wonderful way for them to be reminded of the sensation of being in the womb.
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Postby mom2abandkb » Fri Feb 19, 2010 8:40 pm

I have a preemie with severe reflux and we would DIE if we didn't have the papasan starlight swing that has music and swings both ways. Very often that is the only way to get her calm. She takes most of her naps in it. A couple times a week we put her to sleep in it and then transfer her to the crib for the night.

I say do what works and gives you sanity.
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Postby mom2abandkb » Fri Feb 19, 2010 8:47 pm

I have a preemie with severe reflux and we would DIE if we didn't have the papasan starlight swing that has music and swings both ways. Very often that is the only way to get her calm. She takes most of her naps in it. A couple times a week we put her to sleep in it and then transfer her to the crib for the night.

I say do what works and gives you sanity.
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Postby MotoX Mom » Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:40 pm

:hi: Lisa! Nice to see Kiran is doing good and HOME! :) What a nice Christmas present!

I agree...what keeps you sane is GOOD :)
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Postby Cindy » Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:21 am

As a mom who had a very addicted swing child for the first, I was super excited to get a swing with a plug in this time :D They`ll grow out of needing it.
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Postby Nikkijames » Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:00 am

I just wanted to add you are so LUCKY your LO even LIKES the swing! Harley cries if I put her in it..... :roll:
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