Question by RCAU:
Is it safe for a newborn baby (9 weeks old) to sleep in a swing for 4-5 hours? ?

I have the Fisher-Price cradle swing. My baby only falls asleep in her swing during the day. A couple of times she slept in it for 4+ hours straight w/ the swing setting on low. Is it unhealthy for a baby to sleep in this position for that long? Is it safe for them to be rocking in a swing for this many hours? Does it affect their back, head shape, etc.. Thanks in advance.


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Answer by fishes_r_yucky
as long as your holding her it wont affect anything but your sleep at night. my son got addicted to the swing when he was around 2 months old. he wouldnt go to sleep anywhere else and if i moved him to his basinet or his crib he wouldnt go back to sleep unless i was holding him or the swing was. i had to stay up a few nights afterward while i was trying to get him off the swing it was like baby crack!

Answer by Melanie H
It does affect their gross muscle development, spinal development, and yes the shape of their heads. I do not think it is unsafe, but probably not too healthy. Trust me, your going to want your baby to learn to sleep in her bassinett, crib or wherever she is supposed to sleep. She is getting into a bad habit and by enabling her for too long, it could cause you both sleeping problems in the future.

Answer by colettesanders@btinternet.com
Until babies are 12 weeks old they should not sleep in anything (for longer than short periods) where their backs are not absolutely flat. The reason for this is that they may not have the strength in their lungs / chest muscles to fully inflate them properly unless they are flat (when asleep) and this can contribute to cot-death in already vulnerable infants.
Bestw ishes

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