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is it ok if my 1 month old falls asleep in her rocking swing at night?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Sure: Once she does, just gently get her out and put her in her crib. I wouldn't let her sleep the night in the swing.
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Miller commented
Family Medicine 10 years experience
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You're welcome.
Mar 20, 2012
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
I'd advise against: Infants are not aware of sleep until well into the 2nd yr.They drift into sleep like u do listening to a sermon that goes too long. They need a comfortable sleep zone;enough light to be visually recognize the setting, simple background sound and a mattress to be lain on.Reading to the tired kid from a distance helps them settle.Kids rocked to sleeep have 3-4x sleep disturbences for the first 4 yr.
Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Pediatrics 25 years experience
No: Depending on the type of swing you are using the danger is if she slips down and is strangled by the belt on the swing. Also reflux and breathing problems can occur. The recent guidelines (http://tinyurl.Com/72amzj4) on baby sleep are very strict (firm mattress, no bumper pads, no quilts etc.). Link to the full sleep guideline http://pediatrics.Aappublications.Org/content/128/5/e1341.Full.

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