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Is using a vacuum to lull baby to sleep a bad habit?

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teaforthree
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Is using a vacuum to lull baby to sleep a bad habit?

DS is 12 weeks old and I'm curious if using a vacuum to lull him into a sleep is a bad habit? Most times we put the baby down to sleep (night time or nap time), he cries and we put the vacuum cleaner on and he instantly stops and soon falls asleep.

Is that cheating? Or is it friggin' awesome? lol.

It was friggin' awesome during his peak colicky period, but now at one point do I start letting him soothe himself to sleep without the vacuum?

There have been a few times when he's fallen asleep without crying, but usually that's when he falls asleep during his bottle. I hate it because I know he's tired, but he just fights sleeping every step of the way!

When would be the earliest time that CIO advocates say it's okay to start with that method, if that's the way we choose to go?

ETA: Sound machines don't cut it to get him to FALL asleep. The vacuum is our magic wand. We keep sound machines on WHILE he's sleeping, but they don't work to get him to fall asleep.

Message edited 11/3/2011 10:49:54 AM.

Posted 11/3/11 10:37 AM
 
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LoveyQ
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Re: Is using a vacuum to lull baby to sleep a bad habit?

Personally I think it's a bad habit - more for you than anything. Why run the vacuum and waste all that time, effort, and electricity, when you can just use a sound machine and get a similar effect. AND you can leave the sound machine for the entire nap or for the entire night.

Posted 11/3/11 10:45 AM
 

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Re: Is using a vacuum to lull baby to sleep a bad habit?

Posted by LoveyQ

Personally I think it's a bad habit - more for you than anything. Why run the vacuum and waste all that time, effort, and electricity, when you can just use a sound machine and get a similar effect. AND you can leave the sound machine for the entire nap or for the entire night.



this.

I'm to lazy to do that Chat Icon

Posted 11/3/11 10:46 AM
 

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Re: Is using a vacuum to lull baby to sleep a bad habit?

Hmmm....I used to make sure to do my vacuuming when babies were already asleep. Not to lull them into it, but to get them used to noise when they were sleeping so little things wouldnt wake them up. With #3, I didnt need to because my older kids made plenty of noise.

I agree with PP though - I would just get a sound machine if its to help putting them to sleep.

Posted 11/3/11 10:47 AM
 

teaforthree
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Re: Is using a vacuum to lull baby to sleep a bad habit?

Posted by LoveyQ

Personally I think it's a bad habit - more for you than anything. Why run the vacuum and waste all that time, effort, and electricity, when you can just use a sound machine and get a similar effect. AND you can leave the sound machine for the entire nap or for the entire night.



The sound machine doesn't do the trick. We run TWO of them in his room for when he sleeps at night, but to GET him to sleep, the vacuum is the only way to do it.

At night time, I go in after I see on the video monitor he's been sleeping soundly for about 20 minutes and slyly drag it out of the room, but the two sound machines are still going at full blast.

When I do this during naps, he wakes more quickly.

Posted 11/3/11 10:48 AM
 

Kelly9904
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Re: Is using a vacuum to lull baby to sleep a bad habit?

I am going to say no only because we used to do it for DS 1. It worked like a charm! it wasnt the only way to get him to sleep but it was hte quickest. Now that I think of it though I didnt use it for bedtime only for naps.
LOVED IT!

DS eventually grew out of it, we discovered it at 3 months and he was done with it by 6 or 7 months.

DS was the perfect sleeper from brith until 9 months and the bad period had more to do with learning to walk, crawl, stand, sit etc, all in a short period (He started pulling to stand, crawling, and pulling to a sittin position all in 1 week, and 4-5 weeks later he was full on walking) so I think all the milestones and me giving in set for a bad sleep pattern, not the lack of using the vaccuum to put to sleep!

GL!

Posted 11/3/11 10:51 AM
 

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Re: Is using a vacuum to lull baby to sleep a bad habit?

Posted by teaforthree

Posted by LoveyQ

Personally I think it's a bad habit - more for you than anything. Why run the vacuum and waste all that time, effort, and electricity, when you can just use a sound machine and get a similar effect. AND you can leave the sound machine for the entire nap or for the entire night.



The sound machine doesn't do the trick. We run TWO of them in his room for when he sleeps at night, but to GET him to sleep, the vacuum is the only way to do it.

At night time, I go in after I see on the video monitor he's been sleeping soundly for about 20 minutes and slyly drag it out of the room, but the two sound machines are still going at full blast.

When I do this during naps, he wakes more quickly.



In this case I would still not do it. He will probably become dependent on it and then how will you break the habit? Remember, a habit is broken easier the sooner the better. For example, we know of a baby that would only fall asleep if you were pushing them in the stroller OUTSIDE or riding in the car. So out of desperation his parents took him out for walks at all hours of the day or night and would put him in the car and just drive around the neighborhood. When they would stop the car, baby would wake up and cry! Guess what, at a year and a half old, they still have to do this. Baby never learned to sleep on his own without the movement. It's much harder to break it for a child that has gotten used to it for so long.

Try different techniques for your son. He's still little, right? My son didn't fall asleep on his own until 6 months old. Before that, we tried anything and everything, but not ONE specific thing over and over because we didn't want it to be a habit.

Posted 11/3/11 10:57 AM
 

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Re: Is using a vacuum to lull baby to sleep a bad habit?

I say no because eventually it doesn't work anymore!
I did this (or the hair dryer) with all my kids, but after awhile they stopped falling asleep when it was on!
Do what works for now, you can come up with other techniques later.

Posted 11/3/11 11:31 AM
 

summerBaby10
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Re: Is using a vacuum to lull baby to sleep a bad habit?

I don't think it's a bad thing to do because I used a blow dryer when DS was a newborn. The kid would fall asleep in 10 seconds. He eventually outgrew it around 2.5 months.

Posted 11/3/11 11:54 AM
 

teaforthree
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Re: Is using a vacuum to lull baby to sleep a bad habit?

Posted by SweetTooth

I say no because eventually it doesn't work anymore!
I did this (or the hair dryer) with all my kids, but after awhile they stopped falling asleep when it was on!
Do what works for now, you can come up with other techniques later.



Watch this Godsend technique stop working the night before I go back to work. lol. (which is next week... Chat Icon ).

I think I'll milk it as long as I can! People are amazed when they see him quiet down as soon as the vacuum cleaner goes on! lol

Thanks, ladies!

Posted 11/3/11 12:16 PM
 

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Re: Is using a vacuum to lull baby to sleep a bad habit?

I think its like swaddling, at some point it will stop working.

The reason why it works is because the vacuum sound reminds them of the sound in he womb. Eventually they get over it.

Sounds machine work because they block out sound, not because they make sound.

JMO

Posted 11/3/11 1:06 PM
 

MayBbaby21
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Re: Is using a vacuum to lull baby to sleep a bad habit?

I did it here and there when DD was a NB and didn't nap so well. I mostly did it when I actually did need to clean up (when company was coming over) and she needed to nap. Eventually it stopped working and she learned how to fall asleep on her own anyway.

Like pp said, I think the novelty will wear off at some point. But I do think it's important to eventually teach DC how to fall asleep on his/her own.

Message edited 11/3/2011 1:22:18 PM.

Posted 11/3/11 1:21 PM
 
 

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