I am a first-time mother to a one-month-old baby who has been having trouble sleeping on their back. Every time I put them down, they seem to wake up within minutes and get fussy. I have tried all sorts of swaddles and soothing techniques, but nothing seems to work. I am getting worried as I know that back sleeping is the safest sleep position for babies, but I also don't want my baby to be uncomfortable all night long.
Are there any safe sleep position alternatives that I can try for my baby? I have heard about side sleeping, but I am not sure if it is safe or recommended. Any advice or personal experiences would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
I just wanted to offer my experience with using a baby swing to help with my baby's sleep issues. Like many of you, my baby had trouble sleeping on their back, and we tried every method we could think of to help them.
One day, we decided to try placing our baby in a baby swing, thinking that the motion might help them feel more comfortable and fall asleep more easily. To our surprise, it worked!
The gentle swinging motion of the baby swing helped soothe our baby and helped them fall asleep much more quickly. Plus, we found that our baby slept for longer periods of time in the swing than in any other sleep position.
However, it's important to note that the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against using baby swings as a regular sleep position, as it can be dangerous if the baby rolls or tumbles out of it. Additionally, prolonged use of a baby swing can lead to plagiocephaly, a condition where the baby's head becomes misshapen due to the position they are in.
While the swing worked for us occasionally, we made sure to only use it under supervision and for short periods of time. We also spoke to our pediatrician to ensure that it was safe for our baby to use.
I hope this helps!