Your Baby Will Only Sleep in a Swing? Here's How to Break the Habit
A baby swing can calm a fussy child but doesn't provide the support needed to keep them in a safe position as they sleep. These tips will help you transition your baby to their crib.
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Ensure the baby swing is right for your baby's weight. Most models allow newborns to use one until they reach a weight threshold -- normally, it's between 25 and 35 pounds, but it's best to check your device's owner's manual for specifics on your model.
Set the swing to the most reclined position is best for babies aged 4 months and younger.
You should also assess the swing's sturdiness to ensure that it doesn't topple over.
Secure your child with the safety straps. The instruction booklet contains steps on how to ensure you have your baby strapped correctly.
The cradle should be flat when the swing rocks back and forth.
Attach toys to the swing securely to avoid objects from falling and hurting your child.
Stay informed of all recalls relating to baby swings. If you have a model with a recall, contact your manufacturer to determine the next steps.
When a baby falls asleep and they're not in a reclined position, the weight of their head might cause their head to droop forward. In some cases, it could cut off the oxygen supply, resulting in suffocation.
We know that the risk of waking up your baby when they've fallen asleep in a swing might have you on the fence of moving them to another place. But training your baby to sleep in their crib early on will stop them from only wanting to sleep in their swing.
Here are some tips to breaking your baby's habit of sleeping in a swing:
If you notice your baby getting drowsy in the swing, slowly and softly lift them out and move them to a firm, flat surface like a crib or bassinet.
If they've already fallen asleep in their baby swing, take them out as soon as you notice.
If they refuse to sleep anywhere but the swing, limit the time they spend in it.
Keep the baby swing close to their play area and ensure the space is well lit so the baby associates the swing with playtime instead of sleep time.
If your baby still refuses to sleep anywhere but the swing, it may be time to consult your doctor. There may be an underlying issue that makes your baby uncomfortable sleeping in their crib.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.