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How To Break Habit Of Baby Sleeping In Swing?

By Amy A. Vincent | Fact checked by Dr. Leah Alexander, MD, FAAP | Updated on September 12, 2022

What if your child is used to sleeping in the swing? And you know that it is not a good practice for the little one. You want to break the habit of your baby sleeping in the swing. But you don’t know where to start. If that’s the situation, you’re in the right place!

Some parents use infant swings to help their babies sleep, but they may not be aware of the development issues that can arise from overusing swings. Additionally, sleeping in a swing is not a natural way to fall asleep.

While many infants fall asleep in an infant swing quickly, establishing this behavior isn’t a good idea. It’s okay on occasion, but it shouldn’t be a habit.

However, we have shared here several strategies to use when transitioning your child from a swing to a bassinet, a crib or a safe sleeping surface that will help you in breaking the habit. So, let’s get started!

How to break the habit of a baby sleeping in a swing?

How to break the habit of a baby sleeping in a swing

There are a few things you can do to break the habit of your baby sleeping in a swing:

Transition to the Crib as Soon As the Baby Goes to Sleep:

If your baby is younger than 4 months old, once they fall asleep in the swing, transfer them to their crib or bassinet.

This will help them get used to sleeping in their crib gradually. If your baby is over 4 months old and you want to begin sleep training, consider moving your infant from the swing to the crib during nap time. This could create a sleep onset association.

Make a sleeping atmosphere:

If you’re feeling tired but awake, practice putting your baby to sleep in the crib drowsy but awake. To make the sleeping environment as sleep-friendly as possible, employ a white noise machine or a fan and room-darkening curtains.

Keep your baby awake:

Keep your baby’s swing in an area of the house that is busy, well-lit, and/or noisy during the day, reframing it as a spot where enjoyable things happen. This will teach your infant that the swing is for playing instead of sleeping.

Slowly reduce the speed of your swings each day:

When your baby is awake, he/she may protest being put in a still swing by wanting you to rock it back and forth more than before. You can accommodate his/her wishes but try swinging less vigorously each time until he/she becomes accustomed to sleeping without any movement.

Attach the Swing to Baby’s Crib:

By keeping the swing close to their bed, mothers can rock the baby with ease; however, doing so creates a mental divide between the crib and the child.

Shortening this distance by moving the swing closer to the crib will help the baby accept it sooner and make it easier to transition them from sleeping in the swing to their own crib. 

If none of these techniques work or you’re tired, see your baby’s doctor for assistance. If your child is having difficulty sleeping in the crib because of a medical condition like reflux, there may be a medical reason for it.

Why is it not safe for babies to sleep in the swing?

A swing is a sitting device. While your baby sleeps in a seated position, it is very dangerous for your beloved baby.

There are a few reasons why it’s not safe for sleepy babies on swings. First, it’s because their neck muscles aren’t fully developed, so sleeping at a semi-upright angle can cause the weight of their heads to put pressure on their necks and cause them to slump over. If this slumping continues, it could lead to suffocation. 

Another reason why it’s not safe for babies to sleep in swings is that they are often placed on uneven surfaces, like a table or countertop. This puts them at an increased risk of falling and injuring themselves.

Lastly, some swings don’t have safety harnesses, so keeping your baby secure in the seat is nothing. They could easily slip out of the swing and fall to the ground.

According to a study done by the AAP over the course of 10 years, sitting devices such as car seats, strollers, swings, and bouncers were proven to have caused 348 out of 12000 infant deaths. 62 percent of these cases happened with babies seated in car safety seats. The majority of infants affected were between 1-4 months old.

According to the study, more than 50 percent of infant deaths occur at home, often because seats are not being used correctly or babies are left with non-parent caregivers.

However, leaving a device on standby can be beneficial to your baby. When you return home, plug it in and set the timer for 20 or 30 minutes before going out again. This gives your infant ample time to fall asleep while keeping an eye on things. 

Also read: Can baby sleep in swing if supervised

Can a baby get SIDS from sleeping in a swing?

Can a baby get SIDS from sleeping in a swing

The safest place for newborns to sleep is on their back in their own space, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Any time a baby is placed in a bouncy seat, baby swing, or carrier to sleep during his or her first year of life, he or she is putting himself/herself in danger.

The AAP’s policy statement on SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and other sleep-related infant deaths were released in October 2016. The recommendations reflect the latest science on SIDS risk factors and safe sleep practices.

Bouncy seats, infant swings, and carriers are not appropriate for unsupervised sleep because a baby can easily roll into an unsafe position. For example, a baby can roll from his stomach to his back or from his back to his stomach and become stuck in a face-down position. This is a serious safety hazard because it can lead to the risk of suffocation.

If you must use a bouncy seat, swing, or carrier for your baby’s sleep, make sure to:

– Never leave your baby unsupervised

– Always put your baby to sleep on his or her back

– Use the product only for short periods of time (no more than 30 minutes)

– Keep the product close by so you can check on your baby often

SIDS is a rare but potentially fatal condition that can affect any infant. It is most common in babies between the ages of two and four months old. While the exact cause of SIDS is still unknown, there are certain factors that can put a baby at risk, including sleeping on his or her stomach, sleeping in an unsafe sleep environment, and exposure to tobacco smoke.

The best way to protect your baby from SIDS is to create a sound sleep environment and follow the AAP’s recommendations for safe sleep practices. 

How to use a baby swing safely?

For new parents, baby swings can provide some much-needed relief. Most baby swings are designed to be snuggly and rock your swing-loving baby gently, and some even come with additional features like music, shushing sounds, lights or mobiles.

All parents want to provide their infants with the best care possible, but holding and rock them for 24 hours a day is difficult. Some babies don’t need this type of stimulation, while others—particularly those that develop colic or are fussy—require constant attention. Baby swings are a blessing for those parents especially. 

Paying attention to safety precautions is important when using a baby swing. Though not common, babies have been hurt before while playing on swings, and some cases have even resulted in death.

Some safety guidelines for your swing loving baby: 

  • Parents should never leave their baby unattended in a swing.
  • When your child is four months old and under, swing them in the most reclined position. 
  • It is important to keep the cradle of the swing on a flat surface while it is in motion so your baby cannot fall out. 
  • Always use the safety harness.
  • Don’t place the swing near stairs, windows, or other hazards.
  • Inspect the swing regularly for loose screws or other damage.
  • Stop using the swing when your baby outgrows it or reaches the weight limit.
  • Never hang anything else from the swing, such as toys or pacifiers.
  • Don’t place the swing too close to a wall or other surface, as this could cause entrapment.
  • Keep your baby’s swing away from uneven surfaces like kitchen countertops or coffee tables. 
  • Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use.

When your baby is in a swing, always keep an eye on them and stay in the same room with them. If you are using an infant swing outdoors, always anchor it securely to avoid tipping. Be sure to bring the swing inside during bad weather. 

Also read: What to do if baby falls out of swing

FAQs Baby Swing

Wrapping up

We understand that it can be tough to break the habit of your baby sleeping in the swing. But we hope that our strategies will help you out in making the transition. Just remember to be patient and consistent with your efforts. Good luck!

If you have any questions or would like to share your experience, please leave a comment below. We would love to hear from you!

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