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My premi hates sleeping in her crib or cradle

She slept so well in the incubator and crib in the NICU but now that we are home she will not sleep soundly in her cradle or crib. She sleeps really well when she is being held or in her bouncy seat, but I don't want her to get used to sleeping in the bouncy at night. She was 34 weeks I day and is now 2 1/2 weeks old. Am I crazy to worry about her night sleeping habits this early? She is super fussy between 12 p.m. and 2 a.m. We were never at the hospital in the middle of the night so I don't know if this is normal for her. The nurses never mentioned that she was fussy at night. Also she was always swaddled at the hospital but now that we are home she fights being swaddled. She likes having her arms out and kicks her little legs like crazy.  She wiggled out of a pair of pants last night! 

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Re: My premi hates sleeping in her crib or cradle

  • My DD never liked being swaddled and would houdini her way out of even the best NICU nurse swaddle - when we brought her home she wouldnt sleep anywhere at all except on top of DH or I for weeks - We tried everything, swing, PnP, bouncy chair, co-sleeper bassinet and crib - it wasnt until we got ourselves a Fisher Price Rock n Play Sleeper that we were able to put her down, she slept in her RnP for a while until about 2 1/2 or 3 months adjusted when she started to go into her basinett no problem.  We simply kept trying to move her from her RnP to other sleeping places until she was ok with it - I dont know if you really need to worry about her developing "bad sleeping habits" right now - just make sure shes comfortable with a full belly and a clean diaper and let her work the sleep schedule out....I would suggest you try a Rock n Play if you can - i didnt know about it until other preemie moms told me about it and it saved our sanity!
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  • We have a Snuggabunny Rock n Play.  My daughter looks like Princess Bunny in it--so cute.  We are moving our cradle and our Snugabunny bouncer to the inlaws who live a couple of hours away--we will visiting them a lot this summer. 
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  • I second the rock and play sleeper suggestion.  When we brought her home from the hospital we tried for a week to get her to sleep in her PNP bassinet.  Then we bought a RNP and it is a life saver.  She now naps in her swing or crib and sleeps thru the night in her RNP.  It's the best piece of baby gear we own.  
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  • This is exactly how LO ended up in our bed most of the time. Early on we took turns having him sleep on his chest while the other one slept. It was miserable. He was also a fan of the RnP as well. Also sometimes they are just loud and snorty in their sleep but they are actually sleeping fine!
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  • RnP sleeper was the only thing that got my son to sleep longer than an hr at night.  He still will not let me transition him to his crib.  He loves that darn RnP sleeper!  haha

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