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who uses swings, bouncers, excersaucers...what do you use them for? how long do you leave baby in them?<br>
i use my swing for my sons naps...he only will sleep if he is moving, except at night (he is a champion sleeper at night). he only takes 20 minute power naps so he is never in it for long. i use the flutterby i was given to do the dishes every morning...but he won't stay for more than 15 minutes anyway. i take him out before he fusses because i don't want him to associate it with being somewhere he doesn't want to be. the rest of the time we are doing floor play together or i am holding him in arms or a sling. i do cherish those little power naps though, so i have to say i like those gizmos. i also like them for those chores that are unsafe for front carrying a baby, like cooking or washing dishes in scalding water.<br>
i have seen babies left in them for hours though. wow, even if i wanted to my son wouldn't let me. why do you think some babies are into those? do you think that its maybe because they have been put in them since the beginning? i was so enamored with my son that he literally didn't get put down for the first 6 weeks, he was either in my arms, my boyfriends or my moms. he even slept in my arms because i was so paranoid of him suffocating (weird first time mom fear i had <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ). so i wonder if thats why he will not tolerate any gadget for more than a little bit.<br>
just interested in your thoughts.
 

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I have a bouncy seat in the bathroom and it stays there. I use it if I shower and he's not on the bed, or if I need to pee. And I use it if we bathe together as a safe place to put him so I don't drop him getting out of the tub (lay the towel on it and wrap him up while I wash my hair and get out).<br><br>
In a few months, when he's too big for it, I'll put the exersaucer in its place and use it the same (except for maybe the bathing together thing...).<br><br>
We haven't had a swing since DD was teeny. Oh and we used the bouncy seat as a ramp up to the bed when she was little too, so that she could get on and off by herself. Our bed was lower then.<br><br>
That's it. I do use the high chair in the kitchen (it reclines) if I need to deal with the oven. But he hates that so it never lasts.<br><br>
Babies are meant to be held - that's why they don't like those things. I've seen people "stroller-train" and "exersaucer-train" etc their kids and it's basically a form of CIO - at least the babies I've seen. Truthfully, I think that a lot of the new ones on the market are so overwhelming for babies that they actually scare them more than stimulate them.<br><br>
Although I'm lucky because I have a 9 yo and a 7 yo. They help out a ton in a pinch and love doing it.
 

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I have a bouncy seat that I put A. in while I shower and do not-baby-friendly kitchen things, and that's about it. He's spending a lot more time awake at ten+ weeks now, so we do a fair bit of playtime on the floor, but for the most part he's in arms/sling. He sleeps in the crook of my arm at night too - I can't imagine NOT cuddling him during sleep - I snuggled with him for 42 weeks after all.<br><br>
He's just such an interesting and engaging personality that I find it hard to not have him within conversation range - such BIG stories he tells! And I have to hear them all!
 

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I have an bouncy in the kitchen that DD2 gets plopped into for a few minutes here and there, mainly when I want to attempt to cook or eat with two hands for a minute. Our house is big so I also have a saucer thing that I found when we moved, that is upstairs in our bathroom, DD2 gos in there when I shower. other then that, she is always held.
 

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I too believe that babies are meant to be in arms. When ds was born I had nothing but a sling... he didn't much like it though! I guess he was what you would call a bit 'high need' as far as sleeping (never slept more than an hour at a time, etc) so we pretty quickly purchased a swing. One of the best things we ever did! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
He was only really in it for naps, but it did help him stay asleep. He was over it at about 5 months, and that is when I got my wrap. That is the only gadget we use these days, I don't know how I would survive without it. He falls asleep in it, I clean the house with him in it, grocery shop, garden, etc.<br><br>
I know that some babies are content to be put in a playpen and stay there for hours, but my ds isn't one of those, and that's fine by me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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yeah, thank god for the swing is a sentiment i can share. my son seriously will only nap if he is moving...which is fine if i am busy around the house or out and about, he'll sleep peacefully in his pouch...but if i try and sit down he wakes right up. our swing came with this little "entertainment" lap guard thing with all sorts of rattles and what nots, which i promptly took off because he only sleeps in it. the one time i put him in it when he was awake was when i was having a really stressful moment and needed to put him down for a minute so i could deep breathe <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">, and when i saw him sitting in it, wide awake and staring at me it gave me the creeps, and i had to take him out. babies are definitely meant to be held! thanks for your thoughts!
 

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Another swing addict here! She's not in it that often at 5 mo, but it used to guarantee us a calm or napping baby! We've got a houseful of slings but a baby who doesn't like to be slinged...or is that slung???...oh, well!
 

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We have a bouncy seat that lives in the bathroom. These days she plays on the floor while I shower.<br><br>
We have a swing that sometimes helped settle her when her tummy hurt or she was overstimulated. If she fell asleep in it, I took her out and held or slung her. I also used it on the rare occassions that I wanted to eat and she wasn't latched on <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
She sits in a high chair at the table while we eat now.<br><br>
DD naps in arms or in a sling, and sleeps in the crock of my arm at night.
 

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I use and abuse all baby containing devices. . . . .in moderation. (almost gotcha didn't I!!)<br><br>
My first hated the swing and bouncy seats that vibrated but loved his excersaucer (for 15 minutes a day). He really likd his high chair too, because I could set it to the floor, he would crawl in, and I would latch him in and raise it. . very fun.<br><br>
My twins also hated bouncy seats. But they LOVED SWINGS!! They still love swings. They also enjoyed their saucer and the jumperoo was the BEST.<br><br>
But all my kids spent tons of time on me or on the floor, the other stuff was for naps(swings) or distraction at cranky times or containment.<br><br>
I never bought any of it new, I can't imagine how much money is spent on all of this stuff new. All of it was begged, borrowed, or bought very cheap at garage sales.
 

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I have to say, I use them alot more now that I have baby #2... I never used the bouncy or swing with DD. I napped with her, didn't cook most of the time... But with DS, I have to help DD and although he is in the sling much of the time, I sure do appreciate the swing! He's not a big fan of the bouncy chair since the vibrating thing broke, likes the swing though. It's my "help DD get dressed/cook dinner/shower/use the bathroom" device. Although, he still isn't in it for more than an hour, tops, each day (and that includes naps).
 

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We used the swing for the once in a blue moon nap<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: and the exersauser when Kailey was 3-7 months old quite a bit. Very sad, but when Kailey was that age, and in pain (reflux) she preferred to be standing in the exersauser then being held<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> . I'm so happy she prefers to be held now<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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My dd was one of those kids who never cared to do anything but sit in your lap or nurse every 45 min. the first 3-4 months. Even after that she would sit for hours in my lap while I read my forums <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. I was prepared for my ds to be the same way, but he is the complete opposite. I found myself crying when he was 2 weeks old because he didn't want to be held all the time. His favorite "holding" position is his head propped on a pillow on the couch and me or dh holding his feet.<br>
That being said, at 4 months he wanted to get down and GO! so we started using the walker that my dd had hardly used (she hated it). Now he will fuss to be in it and will actually RUN in his walker and chase his sister (we have hardwood floors). I hate to leave him in it for an hour, but if I pick him up to love on him, he'll let me for a couple minutes and then he fusses to go play with his sister in his walker. Snuggling at night is so special when you have a kid who's too wiggly to do it during the day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb">.
 
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