The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies always sleep alone while flat on their back. The three recommended places for them to sleep are a safe crib, a bassinet, or a pack-and-play. This means a baby swing isn’t considered a safe place for babies to sleep. Swings often come with ample padding, posing a risk of blocking the baby’s airway. Babies in swings can often get into a position of compromised breathing, and then lack the strength to get themselves out of it since their neck muscles aren’t developed.
- When sleeping in a swing, an infant is at risk of having its airway blocked.
- If a swing’s buckles, straps and belts are not properly secured, the child could slide into a dangerous position.
- Because they aren’t meant for sleeping, swings aren’t regulated as closely as cribs or bassinets.
“With any of these swings or sitting devices, if they fall asleep in one of them, the parent should move them as soon as possible to a crib, flat on their back.”