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Mama to my beautiful Ana Carolina (2/07), Isabel Cristina (6/10), and #3 on the way in August 2013!
Babies like motion....the uterus kept on hummin' and jigglin' and vibratin' when she was sleeping in there
That being said, it's good for them to have some good sleeps. Many mamas here have their babies nap in their slings, which is great if it works for you. I don't find it easy for me because I have a preschooler and toddler to pick up etc some of the time and I tend to bump into stuff a lot anyways (I'm just klutzy).
To get my baby to sleep for longer when it's a newborn, I make sure that the surface it's sleeping on is as comfy as possible. Flannel sheet over a mattress pad on a crib/cradle is good. I'll even securely tuck a thin fleece blanket right on the sheet to lay the baby down on, because it never feels cold. Then, tuck baby in nice and snug. They love that. And swaddle the baby! You have to imagine lying on a plain crib mattress with just a percale sheet between your angel soft cheek and nasty plastic, and you can imagine why they wake up! Additionally, once baby is laid down and tucked in, keep your hand on her for a minute. She'll fall into a deeper sleep thinking you're still there .
I guess it all boils down to me wanting my hands free for a while to fold laundry, do housework, etc. DD doesn't like the Moby wrap I have. She loves the traditional sling. It doesn't give me enough mobility. If only I had a third hand, she could sleep all day in the sling and we would both be happy.