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Advice on sleeping in swing.

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darrenwis Sun 07-Feb-16 21:47:10


We have bought a Fisher-Price Woodland Friends Take-Along Baby Swing for our new born. It's suitable new born - 6 months. He goes on it and within around 10-15 mins falls asleep. The manual says not intended for prolonged sleep. What does "prolonged" mean as he is happy sleeping there but when we move him to the Moses basket he wakes and cries.

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Appreciate any help.

Bounced Sun 07-Feb-16 21:53:35

Both of mine napped in that type of swing about once a day for a few months (from about 3-6 months, iirc) when I desperately needed some time without them feeding / in the sling. One night dd2 spent the whole night in it, as nothing else would settle her so in desperation we put her in the swing and all dozed off.

I'm sure it's not ideal, and better not to, but I thought you might like to know that both mine survived it! And were generally napping in their cot by a year.

TheCaptainsCat Sun 07-Feb-16 21:55:40

I would take that to mean that it was ok for supervised/nap time sleep but not really safe for night time sleeping. Of course newborns nap a lot, so I would probably use for some but not all daytime sleep, but not at all for night time sleep. My newborn hated the Moses basket, but slept like a dream in her John Lewis crib! (Until 6 months wink)

CorBlimeyTrousers Sun 07-Feb-16 22:23:23

As above, we used a swing in the room where we were for daytime naps as our son needed lots of rocking. Not overnight. He's 5.5 months now and we haven't used it for a few months now. As someone else has mentioned our son didn't like th Moses basket but sleeps OK in his crib at night (and has done since early on - rocked to sleep in arms and then put down). We now have the holy grail - into his crib awake for night sleep (with dummy and white noise). He has at least one nap a day in his crib too. It's just time I think.

Caterina99 Mon 08-Feb-16 00:12:01

We used a swing for daytime naps but not nighttime sleep. Transitioned out of it at about 5 months. It was a lifesaver for nap time!

polkadotdelight Mon 08-Feb-16 13:03:33

We used a bouncer for naps and evening sleep until he came up to bed with us. I think it's something to do with the 'C' shape their spine is held in and breathing. I can't really remember anymore, I do remember lining the cot with my t shirt and prewarming it with a hot water bottle (he still didnt sleep!).

Peppapigallowsmetoshower Mon 08-Feb-16 13:10:00

My son napped in his seat/bouncer. It was unavoidable and yes there were times when I just lay down next to his seat and rested instead of trying to move him into his cot/basket. I can remember carrying him in his seat to beside my bed and dozing with my face hanging over the mattress to check on him every couple minutes.

I think if you are near your little one, if it's for a nap (say up to an hour) then that should be fine but never for night time or longer sleeps. I never put him in his seat with the intention that he fall asleep but sometimes if he dozed off I dared not wake him. He was never left alone.

I remember thinking at the time about car seats, they sleep in them so it's not hugely different to a swing/bouncer.

FellOutOfBedTwice Mon 08-Feb-16 13:17:13

I used to let DD nap in that very swing with me in the room and watching her breathing etc. Wouldn't have let her her sleep in it at night.

BertieBotts Mon 08-Feb-16 13:19:12

It means don't leave them sleeping in there overnight because it isn't as safe as a cot in terms of cot death.

BertieBotts Mon 08-Feb-16 13:20:35

They should not sleep in car seats overnight either, Peppa, so it's the same thing.

Peppapigallowsmetoshower Mon 08-Feb-16 17:00:43

My goodness - in no way was I implying that she let her child sleep in a car seat overnight! I never did this (or even thought of it!) and would never encourage anyone to even consider it! I just meant that on a journey most babies sleep for a bit, like a nap.

I know the rules on cot death and of course the best advice is never let them sleep in a seat or swing or bouncer. My post was meant to show that sometimes though, babies do sleep in these products.

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