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Seriously. I put her in there, and she's asleep right away and will sleep for hours if it's quiet enough in here (which it never is unless my other two girls are outside playing!). I try to put her down in her bassinet for naps, but it doesn't work. I have to keep going back up over and over again to put the soother back in her mouth, just to have her pop it out again and wake right up. I don't have time to lie beside her on soother duty for 30 min until she falls into a deep sleep (which is what DH has to do with her at night after feedings!) I don't trust my other two girls to stay out of trouble, obviously I can't leave a 4 1/2 yr old and 2 yr old alone while I go lie with the baby for 30 min or whatever.
Is it bad at this point that I can only get her to nap in her swing? She's super awake again today, barely napping at all, and wakes up over any little noise. We went to the store this morning and she woke up as soon as we got there, then again as soon as the car stopped once we were home. She won't go back to sleep after she wakes up either, even though she's super tired. There's no way she's getting enough sleep because her night time sleep sucks too - she's up twice, but then doesn't go back to sleep for like an hour. I just worry about her getting so used to sleeping in the swing, that she will just never nap anywhere but the swing....then when she grows out of the swing, we'll be done with naps. Is that even possible at such a young age??!!!
Neither of my girls ever napped in their crib. Natalie slept in the bouncy seat well past its weight limit. At day care, the only places she would sleep were in the bouncy seat or in the swing. Now that she has outgrown the swing, she sleeps on the couch or in our bed. As long as she sleeps, I don't really care where.
Brock was all about the swing for the first three weeks and now he won't go near it. He naps in his bouncy seat or playpen just about everyday. On occasion I just hold him and we drift of for an afternoon nap together.
At this point, I would say do whatever works to get you through the day! I personally feel that anything that they're doing at this age will change as they get older...so I wouldn't worry about her getting to the point where she will ONLY sleep in the swing when she's, like, 5.
You've got enough going on with your older girls and pumping all dang day; if she naps in the swing and lets you get some much-needed time to yourself or with your other kids, then take advantage! She'll get to the point where she can self-soothe hopefully in the near future.
Claire is the same way, btw. I have to hold/rock/bounce her until she's in a deep enough sleep, and then I transfer her to the rock 'n play for naps. At night, she sleeps in the swing in our room (it's not running, but the incline of the seat is good for her reflux). She has literally never slept flat on her back in the 7 weeks she's been on this earth. I'm hoping that as she gets a little older and figures out how to self-soothe and get back to sleep on her own, that we'll be able to transition her to her crib in the nursery...hopefully before she starts kindergarten! Ha.
I'd say if you're getting her to sleep in the swing, then do it! Especially if she just won't sleep elsewhere, there's not much you can do about it.
One thing you could try, is ask your pedi about chamomile tea. When Ethan was 4 months old, my pedi recommended giving him 2 oz before bedtime.
Ethan was a horrible sleeper, and we did everything we could do to get him to sleep more. And he DID get better. It wasn't until about 10 months to a year that he got better, after I weaned him (he was reacting to my milk), but he DID improve, and I bet you that Lilah will too. How many pounds does your swing go up to? I bet by the time she outgrows it, she won't need it anymore.
PS Does Lilah care for slings? Maybe it would give you more hands-free time if she were in a sling/baby carrier and you could chase after your girls.
Sometimes with Ethan we seriously wanted to duct tape the pacifier to his face! I mean come on, how hard is it to keep that thing in their mouths, anyway??? Ha!
What about a Wubbanub? Some people say that those stay in the mouth better. You can make your own Wubbanub by just sewing a pacifier onto a stuffed animal, too. I did that with Ethan.
Joy - Lilah LOVES the Ergo, but it's just WAY too hot for it right now. She sleeps well once she's asleep - I get a 5 hr stretch every night, then a 3 hr one after that usually (though getting her down after each bottle is a struggle most nights, she wants to stay up and play). Getting her to sleep is the hard part when we don't use the swing (at night).
Lablover - What is your name?? HAHA. I feel so weird typing "lablover" every time. Anyway, yes.....at night time I/we have to hold/rock her until she's in a deep sleep. If we put her down too early, her eyes pop open and we have to start all over.......screaming and crying included.
I'm in the "do whatever you need to do to get them to sleep" camp!
Kaia sleeps through the night most nights now, but the trade off on that is NO naps (before she would cat nap). Sometimes I can convince her to nap on my chest, and then I'll nap with her - hey it gives me an excuse, right?
However, my house is a disaster, my dog gets no one-on-one time with me, I'm lucky if I can shower a few times a week or do laundry, and I have zero "me time" now... but.. for now, I do what needs to be done.
For night sleeping, I have 2 chances to put her down...right when her eyes are just starting to roll back into her head... or about 15-20 mins after she's fallen asleep.. any other time, and she'll be awake and fussing.
Michelle & David - WTTC with PCOS
DD - Kaia, May 9, 2013
Only when the dogs not home unfortunately. My dog is a Velcro dog (always has to be by me when I'm home), and I won't have her on the floor or in her swing when he's around.. I don't trust him with her yet... So its difficult.
he's doing really good with her and will snuggle us, but I won't have her in his reach. And as I said, he's a Velcro dog. We can block him out of the area we're in for a bit, but then he'll bark and cry and K follows suit. Ah well.
Michelle & David - WTTC with PCOS
DD - Kaia, May 9, 2013