Everybody has a different opinion when it comes to newborns sleeping in swings. There are a few precautions to take if you want to leave your baby in his swing. The first one would be finding out if he is he slumps forward while sleeping. While sleeping in a swing is not dangerous, this head position can affect his breathing. Try to slump your head forward and see if you can still inhale and exhale easily. The same applies to babies as well. For this reason, if you want to use a sling to put your baby down, then please pay attention to how he rests his head. If there is something wrong, try to move his head backward, so that he doesn’t have trouble breathing.
Safety should come first
A swing can help a baby sleep faster, but at the same time, it can turn out dangerous. Don’t let him sleep without supervision. We also suggest that you put him back in the crib when he already sleeps. This way, you will no longer worry about his safety. Newborns like to move suddenly in their sleep, which means it is not safe to leave them in a swing no matter how robust the construction is. Don’t let him sit upright for a long time. As said before, this can lead to breathing issues. If you want to use a swing, it should also be cleared out of stuffed animals and pillows. They have been proven to be dangerous especially for newborns. Your baby doesn’t need any of them to sleep well. (Also read: What to Do When Your Baby Won’t Nap)
Use only when needed
It is not a good idea to use a swing as part of the bedtime routine. Many parents use a swing to calm their babies. This does work, but treating a swing like this will make him clingy. He will have a hard time sleeping if you don’t put him in the swing. So, please use accordingly to prevent dependence. We also want to point out that many babies can sleep just fine without it. If yours doesn’t have sleep problems to begin with, the swing should just remain as a complementary tool for nursing. Use it when he doesn’t stop crying.
Try other methods
We know it is normal to see newborns sleeping in swings. But as said before, you basically teach him to be clingy if you really heavily on it. It will form a habit that’s easy to break. Once he feels comfortable with a swing, he won’t sleep unless he’s cradled in the swing. In many cases, patting is enough to put a baby down. Put his back until he gets drowsy. There are many other alternatives, including rocking and giving a pacifier. That’s all you need to know about newborns sleeping in swings.