Is it okay to let a colicky baby sleep in a swing or carseat?

My swing is upstairs, and as much as I would love to hold her all day, I simply can't. I can't hold her 24/7! She sleeps well in her swing, and of course if I take a drive. Sometimes after a feeding, I can get her to sleep in her crib. I'm horrible at swaddling, but I do my best. God help me, I do. I'm worried that if I leave her in her swing, even though she's sleeping, I'm neglecting her. I want her to get interraction, and feel my love. I'm at a loss here...please help.


Asked by Lillysmomma1024 at 4:26 PM on Nov. 22, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • ofcourse your not neglecting her if thats how she likes to sleep then thats great! sometimes you just gotta do things the way they want it

    Answer by Kamarias_mommy at 4:28 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • You are doing everything correct. My daughter was colic and she would only sleep in her swing and car seat. My doctor said that was great for a colic baby. You are not neglecting her you are being a great mom by helping her to feel better. Enjoy your baby!

    Answer by haveahappyday at 4:39 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • I felt the same way, mine would sleep in the swing but not for long. so I got a sling she sleeps in it and I can take care of my other two. Even when she is awake I would put her in the sling because she always cryed. It is and was a life saver. I dont feel guilty, my ears and arms get rest, and I dont feel like I am neglecting my other two.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:49 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • No youre not neglecting her. My son had bad bad colic and if he could find comfort from a swing or anything it was a blessing because he was comfortable.

    Answer by gemgem at 4:59 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • When you say "colic" do you have a specific diagnosis of reflux or milk allergy, or is she just a fussy baby? If you think she is overly fussy, get her checked out by her pediatrician. My baby had reflux and a milk allergy, which ended up causing her a lot of problems before she finally grew out of it. There may be some dietary changes or medications that can help her.

    In the meantime, I recommend the miracle blanket if she is younger than three months. My daughter would not sleep for more than two hours or so at night but slept through the night at seven weeks the first time we used this swaddler ( It truly was a miracle for us. Other than that, do whatever works to keep her (and you!) happy and rested--Good luck!

    Answer by LaurLaur623 at 5:13 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • Nope your fine..My twins had reflux and slept in their swings 24/7 for 3 months.It's the only way they could get sleep and we could sleep..Don't be so hard on your self:)

    Answer by twotwinsmom at 5:48 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • You're not neglecting her by letting her sleep where she wants to sleep. I have a picture of my son so relaxed in his swing and asleep that it almost looked like he was a baby doll. It would only be neglect if you left her in there 24/7, never checked on her, never played with her, etc. From what you say here, you're doing fine just the way you're doing it.

    Answer by tropicalmama at 5:50 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • Colic is horrible...I know. The swing is a life saver for when you can't hold her. And trust me after the colic is over there will be lots of time to play.

    Answer by RenaeMom3277 at 6:43 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • My son hated the crib and until he was 8 months old he slept in his swing. I went through so many batteries. I just made sure he was dressed warm.

    Answer by cowboygal at 7:22 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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  • No dear, it is not neglecting her. You do what ever makes her comfortable and keeps you sane. The only thing I'd say is Don't put her on the dryer. I actually know someone who did that and it didn't end well. My children slept in their swings a lot, ecspecially my middle one who had reflux. I hope her colic eases up soon:)

    Answer by momma_2_three at 7:41 PM on Nov. 22, 2008

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