Swing low, sweet baby

So I have a confession to make. Both of my sons have slept extensively in swings for the early part of their lives. Simply put, both of them really liked their swing and slept well in it. This is especially true when they have a cold and their poor little nosykins are all stuffed up. And when your baby is sick and sleeps better in a swing, well, you stock up on D batteries and put the baby in the swing.

I was reading an article about SIDS, though, and wondering. The conjectures are that SIDS happens when CO2 gets trapped by a baby’s mouth and nose, and instead of stirring to wake themselves and shift position like a grownup would do, they simply keep breathing it until they suffocate. In a swing, the air is moving much more than it does when the child is still. Has anyone ever done a study of SIDS incidence in swings versus cribs? Might it not actually be better for the baby?

Call the doctor, mommy puts me to sleep in a swing!
Call the doctor, mommy puts me to sleep in a swing!

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Brenda currently lives in Stoneham MA, but grew up in Mineral WA. She is surrounded by men, with two sons, one husband and two boy cats. She plays trumpet at church, cans farmshare produce and works in software.

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