Posted on Jun 09, 2009 | Comments 0
If you use a mechanical swing for your child, make sure that the family dog isn’t around.
Many parents find their infants are soothed by the back and forth motion of the swing, which makes them a popular tool for getting fussy babies to calm down and sleep, or for keeping them occupied when mother is otherwise busy.
That back and forth motion that is so soothing to crying baby, however, can trigger a prey/predator reaction in your dog.
The constant movement can make your dog want to chase and attack pray, and that instinct can overcome its otherwise family-friendly behavior.
To avoid this problem, keep the family pet out of the room when the swing is in motion.
For proper swing safety, always make sure child is strapped in securely. Never leave your child unattended while in a swing, and always make sure the swing is sitting on a flat, level surface.
Once your child is old enough to roll over or lift herself, you should stop using the swing. [Baby Swing]
You should also stop using the swing when your baby reaches the maximum recommended weight limit, even if your child can’t sit up on her own yet. Headrests can prevent your child’s head from becoming slumped over to one side.
Limit the amount of time your baby is actually swinging to about 30 minutes or less per session; longer periods of movement can cause dizziness. Do not let older children push the baby back and forth in the swing; they can accidentally tip over the swing.
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