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Old 02-26-2007, 01:12 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Can someone please advise the best way to do elevated sleeping for a 2 month old? I would guess she is too young for a pillow? She is very congested, and I am trying to figure out how to elevate her head without having to hold her in my arms all night.

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When my guys were babies and congested, I used to put something under the mattress/cushion that they were sleeping on to elevate the head. Usually a few fat pillows or rolled up blankets did the trick. Hope that helps!
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We always used a car seat.
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I've done both the carseat or folded blankets under the crib/bassinet mattress methods depending on baby's age.

Sitting in the bathroom with hot only shower steaming up the air can help too.
Wrapping up warmly and sitting outside in cool/cold air (if you're in a place with such) helps too.


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I second the bathroom steam. That always helps.

And you could try putting blocks under the feet of the head of the bed (crib or bed). Just make sure they're stable and safe.

Good luck.
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Thanks for the replies - will try a pillow/blanket under the mattress. I had been worried that baby would just slide down because of the angle but will give it a go! Thanks again.
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DD used to sleep in her bouncy seat - strapped in - when she was congested.
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I had been worried that baby would just slide down because of the angle but will give it a go!
You can try rolling up some blankets and putting them under her bottom to help prevent sliding. My son was hospitalized at 2 mos and that's what the nurses did to keep him in position.
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My dd wouldn't sleep in a swing or carseat, so we rolled up towels underneath her bassinet mattress.
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DD's had a cold off and on for two months now [she's four months old]. I discovered a solution in my sleep: when she can't breathe I just rest her head on my upper arm. I sleep on my back, she sleeps next to me on hers with her head on my upper arm. I am sure it's causing the neck pain I have, and perhaps this is just what you wanted to avoid, but it's what my sleepy self does when she starts mouth breathing at 4am every morning and it seems to work. I like it because I roll her from one side of me to the other when nursing and this way her support is always there. But the neck pain, oy.
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Simply put some pieces of wood (2x4's), blocks, or books, under the legs by the head end of the crib.

Or raise the mattress frame by a few notches at the head side of the crib.
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