(Closed) Need advice for weaning a 3 month old from the swing

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

this may seem stupid but do you swaddle him? Maybe he likes feeling wrapped up and the swing probably feels that way? Just a random thought

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@miss.skinner:  I don’t know if this will help at all, because I’m currently struggling with my own naptime issues (she’ll only nap in her infant chair that she is way growing out of, and not in her crib)

However, we have NO trouble at night.  Maybe don’t do a bedtime routine (even a short one) during the day?  DD has a toy that she gets for naptime, and only for naptime.  I put her in her chair, cover her with a blanket, give her a binkie and her baby, and that’s it.  Does your son have consistent naptimes?  It helps a lot, that way, when you see the first tired cue, you can set them up to go to sleep.

At night, we have a 30 minute bedtime routine.  We turn off the TV, play calming music, and leave the room.  (We leave Dirty Delete in her pack and play.)  Then, after 30 minutes, we go in there, change her diaper, give her her bottle, and put her down awake.

She goes right to sleep, probably 6 nights out of 7.  Sometimes we even bat 1000.

Also, FWIW, when Dirty Delete was 3 months old, we used the swing like it was a crutch our lives depended on.  At that point, she was miserable to get to sleep too.  She grew out of that, and grew into her current routine…at about 4/5 months.  But in 100% honesty, 3 months was the WORST for getting her down.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

He’s so little.  Is there any reason to wean him from the swing just yet?  My son loved his swing a lot, too, and sometimes napped there.  I think what you’re doing is right but don’t see any need for rushing it.  By the time he’s 6 months old he should be adjusted to napping in his crib if you keep doing as you’re doing (which is similar to what I did, mainly moving him to the crib after he fell asleep in the swing).  Good luck, these things take time and patience.  🙂

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper

We had the SAME issue. My daughter was an amazing night sleeper and a horrible napper and would ONLY nap in her swing but slept in her crib at night. We ended up having to wean her from napping there because she started outgrowing it. She’s super tall, so it happened early on. 

What ended up working for us was just putting her in the crib to nap as long as she would (at first it was only 30 or so minutes) and just kept putting her down all day as long as she seemed tired. It took about a week and a couple days of some mild CIO but she broke the habit. 

Now she’s a pretty good sleeper all around. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@miss.skinner:  ((HUGS))  You’re not doing anything wrong, it really is a tough thing to adjust to, being a new mom.  Eventually everything will fall into place, it’s a learning process for both of you – you and your little bundle of joy.  🙂 

Most babies do learn to “put themselves” to sleep at around 6 months if handled the way you’re handling him, which sounds perfect.  There’s no need to let the little guy cry too much but a little fussing is ok until he settles down (only for a very few minutes, one or two, then comfort and reassure him you’re there, then leave the room again, but never let him feel that you’re not there, because that will make him cry more).  My little one (when he was little, he’s 20 now) was never a great napper during the day but slept great at night.  They eventually grow out of naps and some babies don’t need them as much.  By the time you get the process perfected he’ll be up all day, lol.

Everything will work out just fine!  🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

honestly your just going to have to go cold turkey babies are extremely adjustable in a day or so (which may sound like an eternity for you) ur LO will change their habit

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