I am feeling stupidly guilty about putting my 7 week old daughter in a baby swing. She loves it, falls asleep in it, and I am able to get some stuff done around the house. But, whenever I put her in and start doing other things, I have this terrible anxious guilt over it - thinking like I really should be holding her all the time, I should be wearing her instead of putting her down, this is a precious time that only lasts so long, I should be appreciating it to it's fullest... but the fact of the matter is she likes it and there are a lot of things that are easier done without wearing her! And I know these things, but somehow I still feel bad. Should I? Someone tell me it's okay, I guess! Thanks.
Someone reassure me...
I agree with the above poster. If she is happy for short periods in that swing then you are not a bad mommy. My first choice was to hold DS or wear him, but I couldn't always do things with him in the Moby. AP is about listening to our babies and following their cues and their lead. I think a big trap to AP mommies is to burn themselves out. Your little girl will tell you when she's ready to be picked up out of the swing. Just listen to her cues.
I think it is delightful that your young infant is soothed by the sling and can drift peacefully off. If she accepts other means of comfort, great. You might find that it works for a short time or a longer time but either way, I wouldn't have a real issue with it. I assume that she is getting plenty of mama time otherwise.
Both my kids hated the swing...
My daughter hated the swing, the vibrating chair, everything when she was new. I had to wear her pretty much all day and she slept with me at night. I would have given my right arm to have a few minutes out of the day when I wasn't attached to her to just shower or unload the dishwasher or just be an independent being again.
Being able to put her down would have allowed me to really cherish the rest of the time more, instead of feeling resentful and overwhelmed much of the time. Remember, babies respond to healthy and happy moms too. Swing time lets you both get a break and recharges you to love her even more when you're back together.
Thank you all sooo much, your responses have really helped, especially skycheattraffic, I like the way you put it as meeting a different need of hers. As soon as she wakes up, looks hungry, or makes a protesting squawk, I pick her up and get her what she needs. I suppose I should count it as a blessing that's there when we need it! Thank you thank you, I really do feel better.
Don't worry about it so much. Your baby will be fine. Appreciate the time you get to do things you need to get done when she is enjoying her time in there. My kids are very happy and spent plenty of time in an infant seat and then in a jumperoo. Judge me all you want, but I just can't wear all the time like some of you. I did baby wear some though. Baby wearing was especially helpful for the first month or 2, then we were able to do it less.
So interesting that as AP moms we feel a lot of guilt over not doing EVERYTHING attached. I think the most important message from all the posters here is that AP is not about following the 7 B's necessarily but listening to your child and being responsive 100% of the time. I happen to be a baby wearing maniac bc it is what my son needs a lot, but I too had guilt over other areas, and still do to some extent over co-sleeping.
I wanted to co-sleep and planned to do so, but for some reason probably the combo of my Ds sleep personality and his extensive time in the NICU he prefers to sleep alone in his own space. He happily sleeps through the night in his own room on a floor bed. He is welcome in my bed anytime and sometimes we do just for the love, but neither of us sleep as well. This is similar to you using a swing.....it is hard for me, but at the same time it is what works for him!
Most Attachment oriented cultures have lived inter-generationally. Few Americans (including me) have anyone around to help on a regular basis. It may be some specific kind of "ideal" for a baby to be in constant contact with a human being but it is *not* good for all mothers to be required to be in 24/7 contact with their kids. (Deliberately saying that without saying ALL or NONE or anything like that because people vary. Don't flame me. )
Moms are allowed to have needs to. And if baby is happy and content while mom is meeting her own needs that is a God-send in my opinion. So there.
I called my daughter's bouncy chair "baby's first vibrator" because she uhhh really liked it. I felt weird but grateful. And oh I loved the swing. From months 3-10 the swing was the only place my daughter would take a nap other than on my body. It was horribly overwhelming.
Bless the swing.
I had the same experience. DD was a fan of the swing, but I felt like I was ignoring her when I would put her in it and do chores. I decided to set a time limit - and set the timer - and use it that way. I think I said 20 mins or something, and I worked super hard those 20 mins, then would take her out once the timer beeped and pay attention to her. That was a good solution for me. It helped me get things done, and I knew exactly how long she'd been in there, and didn't feel it was so long that she was neglected. I knew I hadn't lost track of time and ignored her for an hour or something....
You're giving your infant the gift of sleep, which is critical to their development.
(I felt the same kind of guilt when we started using a swing to help Little Miss nap at about the same age as your darling is now.)
Here's mine at 9 months old... truth to tell, mine is 14 months old now and is in her swing napping at this very instant. She's nearing the weight limit, so we're going to have to move her nap soon, but for right now, she's happily snoozing.