Baby Sleeping in a Swing - What Should You Know?

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Baby sleeping in a swing is pretty trendy right now. But is this good for your little one? Should you buy one or be worried or stop using the swing right away? There are pros and cons - like in every situation. So what should you know? I have a few tips for you.

Naps only

First of all, a baby swing is not designed for long time sleep. Mostly because it is not flat as bed or cradle is. So if your baby sleeps in it for a more extended period, it may have a negative influence on a baby's growth and bone development. A baby swing is mostly a toy, not a bed, so it should be used mainly for entertainment. Although it may be a place for taking a short nap. However, never for sleeping all night.


The best design is a cradle shape. To use it for playing and naps choose the one that has different incline positions. When you want the baby to get a short rest, use the flat area, for playing - put it up a little bit.

Still, the position in the swing is never completely flat, and it can make it difficult for the baby sleeping in a swing to get oxygen.

Is this for everyone?

Your baby may love swinging but also may not be interested! The lack of stability can cause the baby to wake up at the slightest movements. That is why it would be best to test one at your friend's house before buying.


Baby sleeping in a swing, or at least falling asleep, maybe a great tool to soothe the baby down. If your little one is fussy, use the swing, wait for the baby to fall asleep, but put the baby back to the crib once fallen asleep.


Watch out for baby sleeping in a swing - it is addictive! Seriously, after a few weeks of over-using the swing you can forget about putting a baby to sleep without it. Although, my How to teach a baby to fall asleep alone guide may help. The method is useful for rocking, swings, and sleeping problems in general.

Susan Urban