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what age can a baby nap in a bouncy chair?

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Autumn2014 Sun 17-Jan-16 12:17:00

I'm trying to think of alternatives once baby is too big for a moses basket. It would be for day time naps. I won't have a pram carry cot and don't have the space to leave a pushchair unfolded in the lounge or kitchen.

dementedpixie Sun 17-Jan-16 16:37:08

Once they are too big for a Moses basket then they will be too big for a bouncy chair too. That might be the point that you start putting them in their cot for daytime naps.

dementedpixie Sun 17-Jan-16 16:37:37

Do you have space for a travel cot?

Autumn2014 Sun 17-Jan-16 18:26:43

Gosh, I'm really surprised at that. I thought babies grew out of moses baskets around 4 months, and didn't have enough head control to go into a bouncy chair until then. I presumed that they would fit into a bouncy chair until at least 8 months?

Autumn2014 Sun 17-Jan-16 18:27:19

P's no we don't have space for a travel cot. Tiny lounge.

LillyBugg Sun 17-Jan-16 18:29:11

I used bouncy chair way beyond the time ds would have fit in a moses, if we'd used one. I'd say I didn't put the bouncy chair away until about 7-8 months.

dementedpixie Sun 17-Jan-16 18:29:47

We used a bouncy chair from birth. Once they start to get more mobile and can crawl/pull themself up then they aren't safe any longer

LillyBugg Sun 17-Jan-16 18:29:52

And I put it away because he wanted to sit up, not because he wouldn't fit.

MyNameIsSuz Sun 17-Jan-16 18:33:36

I think they're supposed to come out of bouncy chairs once they can sit up as it becomes dangerous, so about six months. Same for Moses baskets. Size wise mine would have been in his for at least eight months. I'd say that's time to start napping in the cot, but actually mine only ever napped in the (moving) buggy so I don't know! Have never heard about waiting until four months for bouncy chairs, everyone I know put their newborn in them, is yours very upright?

GoldPlatedBacon Sun 17-Jan-16 18:33:56

My dd is 6 months and can still easily fit into her bouncer. I've had to set it as stationery though as she leans forward too much. I've used it since birth b u t she has napped precisely 2 times in the bouncer! Most of her naps are in the pushchair when out our in her crib (which she has now outgrown).

Bouncer was one of my best buys. No idea how I'm going to shower or cook once my dd begins to crawl....

Autumn2014 Sun 17-Jan-16 19:33:28

Thanks for all your replies.I didn't know bouncers were suitable from birth. I presumed the 4 months rule for sleeping in a baby bouncer was similar to sleeping in a car seat for long periods because the windpipe could be compromised by the position. I don't have any evidence just what I thought I'd heard/read about. This is my second child but my experience first time round was very complicated as my son was born with complex health problems and disabled so didn't have good head control, core stability and was non mobile, late with his physical development. For example he didn't sit independently until he was 16 months old. I'm still learning what neuro typical baby development and parenting is going to be like.

fruitpastille Sun 17-Jan-16 19:42:07

I used a bouncy chair for some naps but only quite short ones. I used it from birth to around 6 months when they learn to sit up. I also had a sheepskin laid flat on the floor (you can get nice ones for babies) or laid them under the baby gym. Sometimes I left therm outside in the pram (in back garden, not street!) Or some prams have a removable carry cot or cocoon which you can bring in? Once they were getting nearer to 6 months I put them upstairs with a monitor on.

fruitpastille Sun 17-Jan-16 19:45:45

Are you confusing bouncers (where baby is quite upright hanging in doorway etc) with bouncy chairs (reclined comfy chair)?

dementedpixie Sun 17-Jan-16 19:49:12

You wouldn't put a baby in a door bouncer for a nap though which is what the OP wanted to use it for

dementedpixie Sun 17-Jan-16 19:50:57 - says from birth to 9kg

Artandco Sun 17-Jan-16 19:52:47

I would just get a nice sheepskin rug. Look at 'gabe and grace' they do nice oval ones you can put on the floor to nap, or sofa next to you. But also have slits in for pram straps so you can use in the pram in winter for warmth and summer to keep cool

Bouncers aren't supposed to be used once baby can sit as they could tip them over. So usually 6 months is latest really. Hence very little use for many

Autumn2014 Sun 17-Jan-16 20:11:01

So could you use a moses basket downstairs for 6 months?how long do they last? I'm keen to follow the sids recommendations ie baby sleeps in same room as you until 6 months. Sorry for all the questions like I said this is all new for me in the sense that my previous experience is all skewed.

dementedpixie Sun 17-Jan-16 20:12:49

Depends on the size of the basket and your baby as they might be too big for it by then

Autumn2014 Sun 17-Jan-16 20:15:08

Fruitp and artandco, sheep skin rug is also a good idea. I do have one that I was going to use in the lie flat bit of the pushchair to make it more sung. I like the idea of being able to put it on the floor too but I would also like something a bit more secure as I have an older child who plays on the floor so I'd be worried about leaving a baby exposed.

JarethTheGoblinKing Sun 17-Jan-16 20:18:56

There are bigger, more stable chairs that you might be able to use. DS certainly napped in his. Will find a link.

Artandco Sun 17-Jan-16 20:25:05

Could you fit a mothercare Hyde crib in living room? At the side of sofa maybe? They are bigger than Moses basket and should last over 6+ months if you want something older child can't reach as easy

JarethTheGoblinKing Sun 17-Jan-16 20:40:45

Agg, I can't find what I'm after.

Tbh though, DS mostly slept on the floor at the age. Sheepskin is a great idea

Artandco Sun 17-Jan-16 20:54:31

What about a 'sleepyhead'? It's a breathable insert for baby to sleep on. You can use on your bed, in cot or on floor. It's very potable so easy to move around the home with you.

llhj Sun 17-Jan-16 20:57:15

I'm confused. Why don't you put the baby in the cot?

ApplebyMennym Sun 17-Jan-16 21:01:15

You can get "birth to toddler" chairs - which are also better value than ordinary bouncers as they last longer - which could be a way to go. We have this one which my ten month old is still happily playing in with lots of room. It sits up for play and lies back for sleeping, and also vibrates which my baby likes but some don't!

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