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Just wondering how many of you mamas let your babes sleep in their swings. My 10 week old ds has just started being a restless/light sleeper. If I place him on the bed, he'll sleep for about 15 minutes, but in the swing, he could sleep for hours! This is mosly for naps, at night he does a little better sleeping on the bed. Part of my feels guilty for letting him sleep in the swing, but I'm not sure why! Do any of you regularly let your babies sleep in the swing?<br><br><br>
THANKS!<br><br><br>
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I did/have/am letting my son wherever he can--cause he has such a hard time with sleep...I'm scared for when he outgrows it (which is VERY soon)...
 

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My almost-5 month old loves to take his long morning nap in his swing. Won't have anything to do with it any other time of day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> but it's all he wants in the morning. Won't nurse down, won't sling down, won't walk down, bounce down, rock down...he ONLY wants his swing in the morning. I have no problem with it - he is in arms almost all of the rest of the time, sleeps curled up next to me at night, so an hour or two of him contently napping in his swing is perfectly fine with me!
 

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My 12 week old son is napping in his swing right now - it is the only place where he can nap peacefully. He has gotten too big for the bassinet part of his playard - he wakes himself up by hitting the sides when he moves in his sleep. I don't feel right about having him nap in the swing either but he seems to prefer the swing to anything else.
 

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My 13 mo old has always taken day time naps in the swing. I could never get him to stay down for very long anywhere else. I either carry him in the wrap and keep him there as he sleeps or put him in the swing. If I try to put him down on the bed, crib, etc he wakes up after 15-20 min. Since he sleeps in our bed at night, I don't worry much about it. I only worry about the day he won't fit in the swing.
 

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My ds slept in the swing for a good long time! I started putting him in there at 2 or 3 weeks, all bundled up like a burrito and ghettoed up the straps to keep him in. He slept the better part and longest stretch of the night, 7pm-11pm in there while dh cleaned up and watched tv, and I SLEPT! Then we would bring him to bed. I was afraid of putting him in there while no one was watching in case hi head flopped or he got caught up somehow. Oh how I miss the easy sleeping days! I think whatever works is great!
 

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my 9.5 month old still naps in the swing...he is probably already too big for it (25 pounds) but I'm gonna use it as long as I can!!!
 

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My 10 week old sleeps in the swing next to my bed most of the night. She wakes up at about 3:30 am and comes into bed with me. She will only sleep in the Sling or while swinging. I do what works!<br>
How long can a baby fit in the swing?
 

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My ds has been a challenge, sleep-wise, since day one and his swings have saved my sanity over the past 8 months. For months, he took all his naps in his cradle swing (that moves side to side) and I often use a little portable one upstairs in the bedroom to get him to sleep between 5-8 in the morning when he 'thinks' he's awake for the day, but I need us to get just a little more sleep. I have often felt guilty as well -- without really knowing why. I suppose because some of the sleep training books warn against a dependency on motion, and Weisbluth for one, says that they don't sleep as well in a swing. But that makes no sense to dh and I. If my son will nap for 1 hour in his swing, but 15 minutes any other way...well, he's definitely getting more sleep. And I guess if you use the swing as a replacement for your own care, it's a bad situation. My dr says there is no harm (to his posture, to his sleep) other than perhaps him "needing" it to fall asleep. But from all I can tell, babies grow out of the need at some point (ds takes naps at daycare without the use of a swing), so I'd take advantage of it and get some sleep yourself.<br><br>
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I let my dd sleep in her swing and it was the biggest mistake I have made as a parent. She slept in her swing until she was 11 months old!!!! It took me 4 months to break her of the habit and it made our nights long and miserable with very frequent night wakings.<br><br>
I let her sleep in the swing for the very same reason as you, she actually slept for hours and I was able to get a good nights rest. Honestly though with my next dc I might not even use the swing at all because it was such a hard habit to break and I would never want to go through it again.<br><br>
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I just wanted to add that we now have a very happy family bed and we are LOVING it!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I have twins, and as far as I'm concerned, they could have slept on top of the refrigerator as infants if they had actually slept.<br><br>
My son did pretty good in a swing for naps, my daughter hated the swing entirely, but did okay in the car seat. They both had reflux and liked the sitting up position for sleeping till they were about 5 or 6 months old. When they outgrew the reflux, we transitioned to a family bed and it worked great.
 

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don't feel guility. My ds is impossible to get to sleep for naps. The swing worked pretty good, except he already outgrew it. So now naps are non-existent. Honestly if he'll sleep over 1 1/2 hrs a day that's a lot. Of course he went to be tonight @4:45pm, no surprise he's tired..
 

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My daughter could really take or leave her swing, but we let her sleep in the carseat sometimes in the beginning when she wasn't in my arms (which was A LOT lol)... I think she liked the closeness of it or something, because in bed maybe it felt too vast or whatever, dunno... but I think as long as your baby is secure, happy, safe, and you don't abuse the tools at your disposal, it is fine!
 

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Thanks for posting this thread! I often feel guilty for letting my dd sleep in the swing. But someone on here told me once that I'm not neglecting her, she's telling me that is something she is comforted by and I'm meeting that need for her.<br><br>
Her daytime naps are ONLY in the swing or if I'm wearing her. Lately I've been turning the swing off so she'll wake up b/c if she sleeps too much in it she's restless at night. At night we only use it to get her to go to sleep initially. When she wakes up to eat dh brings her to me and she nurses and sleeps in bed w/ me the rest of the night...poor dh is still on the couch b/c our bed is too small!<br><br>
I figure we'll do what works for now and what keeps us all happy and rested!
 

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My dd (now 18 months) slept in her swing overnight from the time she was 2 weeks until about 10 weeks. It was the ONLY thing that calmed her. She nursed on demand, but wanted nothing to do with cosleeping until she was much older and teething. She also napped in the swing until she was about 10 months old. I would nurse her down and then transfer her and she would be out for the count and would wake up so happy. Eventually, she just outgrew it and now I let her sleep in my bed surrounded by pillows after nursing her down for a nap.....unless she's at daycare and then she sleeps on a mat. Either way, I wouldn't feel guilty at all for helping your baby sleep well.
 

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Dd, now 3, slept in her swing...I even put the portable swing beside m bed on tough nights. Later we discovered she had reflux, and it helps to leave baby semi-upright for at least 30 min after feeds...so I guess she knew what she needed....the swing thing probably only lasted 3 or 4 months. Hope you get some rest
 

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Swings, seats, couch, bed, crib or where ever she feels comfortable. Any time DD feels like sleeping we're not going to question the location she's chosen. The swing we have has straps though which I suggest using if you can't keep an eye on your child.
 
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