We all know that babies “spit up,” and it’s something that we’re accustomed to regularly dealing with, especially with very young infants.
While messy, some “spitting up” is perfectly normal and is to be expected. There’s a simple reason for this: People are born with a sort of “valve” at the top of the stomach. Nature designed it to permit food in and, then, to prevent it from going back out.
However, it takes time for this valve to completely mature and, in the meantime, whatever was swallowed has a tendency to move up from the stomach through the esophagus and then out of the mouth. This can be extremely unpleasant for the baby, particularly if the material includes a lot of stomach acids. Any adult who has experienced “acid indigestion” can attest to the burning, searing pain.
When the situation gets even more severe and the baby just can’t seem to “keep anything down” and constantly spits up, it’s more than likely a condition known as reflux. This can be difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to control. It may even be accompanied by coughing and other symptoms.
It is absolutely essential that a baby in this state be thoroughly examined and the proper tests must be performed. But the most obvious symptoms of the problem – whether it’s normal “spitting up” or the more worrisome reflux – can be dealt with at home. That’s where baby swings and other products can be a godsend.
The idea here is to not only keep the baby as upright as possible (good old gravity will keep things from “coming up!”) but also to find an appropriate gentle movement that tends to make the baby feel calmer and less queasy.
Here are a couple of products that come highly recommended by actual parents who have had to deal with the problems associated with reflux:
Arm’s Reach Concepts Beautiful Dreamer Cocoon Swing
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This unique device is not only functional and helpful, it also looks beautiful, particularly in “natural/cocoa.”
It isn’t like most typical, rigidly set mechanical swing. Rather, its hammock-style design allows the baby to control the swaying movement himself. Not only does this help with normal muscular development but babies will naturally use their own bodies to find the motion that is most soothing for persistent digestive problems.
The seat back is adjustable so that babies can use the product in the proper upright position. It allows for important changes in position as the baby grows. It’s recommended for babies and infants weighing up to 15 pounds.
Regardless of weight or age, if a baby tries to roll over in or climb out of a device such as this, it’s time to stop using it.
The swing is not too hefty at 16.5 pounds. It measures 49 x 8 x 8 inches.
Batteries required? AC power?
No on both counts – this device is all baby-powered.
The metal frame, while quite sturdy, easily dissembles for travel and storage. The Beautiful Dreamer is a bit pricey when compared with other swings but its unique design and serious benefits make it worth each and every penny.
Fisher-Price Cradle ‘n Swing
The Cradle ‘n Swing (in both its Papasan and Moonlight Meadow motifs) is a more traditional baby swing,but with an important distinction. It’s a swing that can move side-to-side, which has been shown to be the most effective action to control reflux and, hence, settle babies down for
It’s a swing that can move side-to-side which has been shown to be the most effective action to control reflux and settle babies down for their nap. It should be obvious. A side-to-side motion is like rocking in the cradle. Rocking has been a tried-and-true technique for many, many years.
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This sturdy, well-made product from long-popular manufacturer Fisher-Price features six speeds. You are almost certain to find that “sweet spot” at which the baby’s tummy will settle down.
It also designed to keep the baby upright although it can recline as well.
For your baby’s entertainment and amusement, there are 16 songs and “nature sounds.”
The swing weighs in at 20.5 pounds, and its dimensions are 12.5 x 14.5 x 30.2 inches.