You may have heard that it is not safe for your baby to sleep in a swing. But is that really true? Or is it just an old wives’ tale? In this blog post, we will take a closer look at the science of babies sleeping in swings and whether or not it is harmful to their spine. We will also provide some tips on how to safely swing your baby to sleep.
What is a baby swing?
A baby swing is an apparatus that helps parents keep their babies calm and content by swaying them back and forth. Modern swings come equipped with sophisticated electronic controls that allow parents to choose from a wide range of swinging speeds, as well as pre-program the swing to automatically start swinging at intervals. Some swings also play lullaby music, vibrate and project images onto the wall.
The first baby swings were patented in 1928 by Harold E. Edgerton (US patent no. 1774733) and Arthur A. Coffin (US patent no. 1834100).
How old is too old for a baby to sleep in a swing?
Some children like to sleep in a swing. However, most pediatricians and child development experts suggest that it is fine for your baby to sleep in a swing once he or she is too big for the infant bouncer. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) recommend not using a baby swing as a place for your baby to sleep.
Why is sleeping in a swing bad for spine?
There is no evidence suggesting that children can suffer from neurological damage or spinal deformity by sleeping in a swing. However, there is some concern about the pressure points formed when your child’s body weight is distributed unevenly across the seat of the swing. Sleeping in a swing could alter the natural curve of your child’s spine, but this is unlikely to cause any long-term problems. It is also not known whether swings may interfere with the development of your baby’s back muscles and bones, but scientists believe that these effects are minimal if present at all.
That being said, there are a number of effective ways to safely swing your baby to sleep. Make sure that the swing is placed in a safe location where it is unlikely to tip over and keep your child from rolling out on his or her belly. It’s also important that you use a safety harness on your child when he or she sleeps in a swing. A good rule of thumb is to do what you would normally do when your child sleeps in a crib.
Is it really bad for the spine?
We checked the internet and most of the information found was saying that sleeping in the swing is not harmful, but can alter or change the natural curve of the spine. We are sorry that we are not able to provide any more information about this topic
Matan Feldman, Dad & Swing Expert
My Name is Matan Feldman and I am a dad of a toddler and an infant based out of Atlanta. I manage this website, Baby Swing Hubs, and mostly blog here about baby activity gear including swings, walkers, bouncers, and jumpers, among others. From what I have learned being a parent for over 7 years now, I am very excited to share good tips with other parents especially if it can improve the safety of kids. I work with a baby products testing and review company and over the past 2 years, I have gained deep insight into baby products and am happy to recommend them here. When I am not wasting time learning one or two tricks at home with my two kids, I spend a lot of time blogging on this site or on other sites to assist parents looking for first-hand insight or feedback on different baby products – especially from a dad’s perspective. If you have any questions, you can reach me using my email, firstname.lastname@example.org.