1. Are swings ever bad for a baby’s legs, hips, or back?
No. Inside the womb, your baby was twisted like a pretzel. His supple body is incredibly flexible, which is why he can be placed in a swing without any concern for his legs, hips, or back.
2. I sometimes worry my baby’s neck is too doubled over in the swing. Is that possible?
In the swing, your baby should be reclined back as much as possible. His neck should not be doubled over. That could make it hard to breathe especially if he is premature or sick.
3. Should I avoid rocking my baby vigorously right after he has eaten?
Believe it or not, jiggling doesn’t make babies spit up more. In fact, keeping him from crying may even make your baby less likely to throw up. Bouncing can also loosen a gas bubble and help your baby burp.
4. Can a baby get dizzy or nauseous from the swing or the Windshield Wiper?
No. Jiggling motion does not set off the nausea center of the brain. Dizziness and nausea are triggered by big wide movements like driving down a curvy mountain road. Swinging makes fussy babies feel more comfortable, not less.
5. If I put my baby in the swing too much, will it lose its effectiveness?
Some babies love to suck, some need white noise to stay calm, and others are only happy when they’re swinging all day. Luckily, what babies love, they love all the time! That’s why they never tire of milk, cuddling, or swings.
6. What should I do if my baby cries more when I rock him fast?
Your infant may keep yelling for a few minutes after you begin jiggling him, since it can take a little time for him to realize you’re doing something he likes. If, however, your baby continues crying despite vigorous jiggling, check your technique. Make sure your moves are fast and tiny, you’re using loud white noise, he’s tightly wrapped, and, when he’s in your lap or arms, that he’s on his side or stomach.