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my daughter has GERD. in her co-sleeper i had the head of the mattress elevated like a wedge. but when she slept with me in bed, honestly her reflux symptoms abated ... perhaps the closeness sets off healing chemicals for the baby and helps with the reflux at night? i'm not sure. i slept with her by laying my left arm out, putting my body pillow alongside me starting with the top on my left bicep, and then put her on top of the body pillow. she was swaddled, i used the "Happiest Baby on the Block" swaddle which was secure enough to keep her in. then i'd curl my left arm around her and sleep with my right hand on her tummy. so she was elevated, wedge-style. also, i tilted her towards me on her side, which has helped with her reflux tremendously. she only spit up a few times, and a very tiny amount! and showed no pain or discomfort from reflux. even after she was no longer swaddled, this sleeping position works great for her. perhaps you can practice at home and find a comfy position during naps? then when you sleep elsewhere you'll already be comfortable with it.
in addition, try side-sleeping even with the wedge, you might find it works for your daughter. Willow is now almost 8 months old and her reflux is mild at night and during naps. something about being on her side is working wonders, especially her left side. (but be sure to use both sides equally to avoid plagiocephaly/skull problems).
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