My girl is almost 11 weeks old. She sleeps pretty well—she'll do 6-8 hours each night, which makes for very happy parents and a bright-eyed baby in the morning! Our eat-wake-sleep cycle is a blast; bottle (can't bf due to medical issues), play/chat, then a 1-3 hour nap, depending on what's going on.
Overall, she's a great baby.
But here's where my concern is: she can only sleep well on me, in a carrier, or in a swing. And she's constantly spitting up.
I don't mind her sleeping on me; if I am sitting quietly somewhere, like by the television or finally putting my feet up, I let her do it. I know these days won't last forever and I don't want to look back and regret not holding my girl enough. Usually I'm up until midnight/1am prepping baby items for the next day so I like to have some rest after her first feeding when she wakes up (between 7-9 usually), and I don't mind letting her into bed with me. Sometimes she sleeps on the mattress but usually she will wake up after 20 minutes, so I just let her recline on me and I just sleep lightly.
Putting her in the carrier is great as long as I'm moving; I live way up north so going outside and walking isn't an option in the winter due to how chilly it is, and if I am doing chores I am pretty much up, down, up, down, which wakes her up. Pacing/bouncing is the best thing while she's in the carrier.
But the swing—if I have her swaddled, binkie'd, and in a swing when she's ready to nap, life is grand!
I just worry about when she gets older. Laying her flat is a challenge since she spits up frequently. My pediatrician says that spit-up isn't going to hurt her when laying flat, and I don't think it will either, but when she spits up in her sleep, especially if she lays flat, she starts coughing and wakes up. Poor baby!
The swing is great because it keeps her head up, she's cozy and rocking and sleeps longer than she would either in arms or a carrier... and she's learning how to sleep independently, it getting a start. (We can't co-sleep; my husband moves around in his sleep all the time and I don't think it's worth the risk.) but I worry about the future when it's time for her to sleep in her crib.
Does anyone have experience like this? What did you do? Could you transition to a crib eventually? When? I'm hoping I'm not screwing her up for life, here?
I know it's a long-winded post; I just wanted to be thorough!