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Swing Your Baby Down

Posted by: Andrew on November 21, 2011 | 3 Comments

Like, “wearing down” that was discussed in the previous baby sleep tip, “swinging down” is another good strategy to help your baby sleep.

“Swinging down” is a proven method where you swing your baby in a wind-up or battery powered swing to get them to become sleepy or even fall asleep.  If you have a baby that will be soothed by swinging, the mechanical substitute of your own arms can be a welcome relief for you (and for your baby, who probably senses your tiredness and tension if you’re frustrated).  For some babies, it is simply too difficult to relax in the arms of a familiar caretaker like Mom or Dad because they associate this person with fun playtime, and not sleep.  If you have a baby like this, investing in a swing might be a true lifesaver.

However, because swings are not cheap, it is probably best to see if you can borrow one from a friend, or try one out without buying to see if your baby likes it before spending your money.  Some babies love swings, and will relax almost immediately in one - however, some babies hate being strapped into something so mechanical.  The only way to tell if your baby will be soothed by a swing, is to try it out.

So, just like “wearing down,” the practice of “swinging down” can be very useful to get your baby to sleep.

Andrew Dolbin-MacNab

About the Author:

Andrew Dolbin-MacNab is a father, web developer, and one of the founding members of Pediasleep, a leader in the production of white noise and other soothing sounds to aid the healthy sleep of infants, cosleepers, and parents. Having successfully survived his daughter and son's early sleep problems with the help of white noise, he is also an expert on infant sleep problems and their solutions.

Pediasleep can be found online at

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I have a baby who will only sleep for long periods of time in her swing.  What should I do?  I try moving her from the swing to the crib, but she wakes up.  Any suggestions?


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Darcy, I’m not sure that there’s a great solution to this unfortunately.  Baby swings are not made to be places of long-term sleep for your baby since you really shouldn’t leave them in the swing unattended.  So, unless you want to watch your baby all the time in the swing, as much as you might want to (and believe me, the idea has crossed my mind) you can’t just leave them in the swing and let them sleep while you do something else. 

I guess I would suggest just doing your best to make the transfer from swing to crib as smoothly as possible, or give up on using the swing if you can’t make the transfer well.  Many babies will settle in the swing and almost fall asleep, but then the parent can easily transfer them to the crib.  For your baby, this might not be the case…  Not all babies are alike so if this is the case, you have to look for something else that will do the trick. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or need other ideas.


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Thanks for the detailed reply.  I’ll try what you suggested and let you know how it goes.

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