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Aug 21, 2008
Rebecca, mama to Claire born 6/11/08. Dx with GER 7/1/2008. Taking 1.5 ml Prevacid 1x day. Exclusively breastfed.
Need help with sleep positions
Hi. I'm new here and need some help with sleeping positions. My baby girl is 2 months old and was diagnosed with reflux when she was 3 weeks old. She has had several choking/gagging episodes when feeding and spitting-up (she even had one during the upper GI exam). Anyway, her doctor advised that she not be placed flat on her back to sleep. He suggested that we elevate her crib mattress at one end or let her sleep in the infant car seat since she sleeps so well in there. I have tried putting a wedge under the mattress of the co-sleeper, but this doesn't seem to help and disrupts her sleep. She will still vomit, even 2 hours after feeding. The only place she can sleep for a long period of time is in her infant car seat. She is very comfortable in the seat, I'm guessing because she is at a ~30 degree angle. She often sleeps for 8 hours stretches at night in the car seat. My question is what to do when she outgrows the car seat? She is a good sized baby (12.5 lbs., 25 inches) and will be too big to sleep in the car seat soon. What is the best way to angle the mattress of the co-sleeper? How do I keep her from rolling down when she becomes more mobile? Does anyone have experience with the Tucker Sling or Guardian Sleeper, or any other products that will help keep her at an incline? As a side note, she sleeps in our room in the co-sleeper. At the moment, we are putting the car seat in the co-sleeper so she can still be close to me. Thank you all for any ideas or experiences you are willing to share!
Aug 21, 2008
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
Welcome! A lot of the moms have had good luck with the Tucker sling. For the squirmers, elevation is tough. Our MD also recommended using a bouncy seat or swing that has the incline, though my dd HATED to be strapped in. We got the okay from both the ped and GE to position my girl on her left side, which did the trick for us.
Aug 21, 2008
Coyle Eagan. One Year Old. Doing well on Cow's Milk flavored with juice :) Drinking two bottles of Go&Grow daily. Eating solids better but still have rough days. No More Silent Reflux-that I can hear anyway.. but puking again. Zantac 2ML 2X daily.
My kiddo slept in the Fisher Price glider until he was able to roll over @ 3.5 mo. iIt is wonderful and nice and big. then he tummy slept (i'm not telling u to do this) on me or my husband for several weeks until he was transition to his crib when he could roll both ways. the tucker sling, tho, i've heard is great until they get to big.
Aug 21, 2008
Worry Wart mom to
27 mo. reformed "happy spitter"
34.8lbs , 37in tall(oct)
Diagnosed A/R at 6 wks
Zantac until 1yr then Prevacid
Med free since February 08
peanut & egg allergies...still
Zoo Boo Trick-or-Treating (pic).
My son's "baby bucket" went to 23 lbs. He outgrew it at 6 months. Hopefully your LO will have at least 4 more months in her seat. Can you elevate the cosleeper? Put something under it instead of under her. Or you could raise your bed by putting blocks under the top posts. FYI: My son's GI said, "Many babies with a/r sleep better on their tummies." The Docs can't come right out and recommend that so it's a personal choice one makes. We were already doing that with my son so I just kept doing it. It was the only way he would sleep. We got an Angel motion monitor so that I could sleep at night (detects their breathing/sounds alarm). I am not telling you what to do just what I did. I have no experience with the sling but from what I have read here, they outgrow them when they start to sit up.
Aug 21, 2008
Our 1 year old daughter has silent reflux, hypotonia as well as benign external hydrocephalus. We are currently weaning onto whole milk (we'll see if it works) and she is also on Prevacid 15mg per day.
My daughter slept in her car seat till 4 months of age and then we bought the ARPillow ( and she was in that till I think 8 months? Now she sleeps flat because her reflux is mostly under control. She loved her AR Pillow and now they give you the codes to call your insurance and see if they'll cover it. I liked it too because she slept in our room until almost 7 months and I put it in her pack and play right next to the bed. And when we went to stay anywhere else I could bring it and she slept fine. NOW I'm in trouble as she won't sleep just anywhere flat. LOL.
Aug 21, 2008
Donnessa, mom to Halley born 3/10/07
Reflux (mostly) resolved at 14 months
and Addison born 8/17/09. Currently exclusively bf and on 7.5mg Prevacid
Something that we found that worked great for elevating my dd's bassinet were the plastic risers that you put under bed posts to make a bed look taller. They look like this:

We just put one under each leg at the head of her bassinet. When we put her in the crib, we put rolled up blankets and pillows under one end of the mattress. If you have a crib that has adjustable heights, you can lower the bottom and keep the head higher (didn't work for us - stupid crib!). What we did to keep her from sliding to the bottom was roll up some large towels and put them in a U shape under the sheet. That helped keep her corralled until she started moving around - then nothing worked :-)

Aug 21, 2008
I am Jacky, mommy to Joslyn Olivia (April 2008) and Katelyn Isabel (November 2009).
Joslyn was dx'ed with Silent Reflux with breath apnea at 5 days old. VERY SCARY!
Katelyn is a spitter reflux baby. Started at 3 days old as well. (Both were/are breast fed.. symptoms came on when my milk came in).
Joslyn has been reflux free since she was 12 months (suffered poor weight gain for a few months) and Katelyn is now on Zantac... waiting to see if it works.
we use a boppy sleep positioner. Joslyn has not had any problems at night sleeping... so I am no help. Our GI Spec. said not to use her cars eat to sleep in..... He said it was due to them being compressed. Isnt it funny how different docs have different ideas? Makes you wonder which is correct! Sorry I am no help... but I know there are alot of helpers here! Good luck and WELCOME!
Aug 21, 2008
Rebecca, mama to Claire born 6/11/08. Dx with GER 7/1/2008. Taking 1.5 ml Prevacid 1x day. Exclusively breastfed.
Thank you all for the warm welcome and for your suggestions. It sounds like we have at least another month before she outgrows the car seat. My older daughter slept in her car seat until about 3 months. At that point, she was able to scoot herself out of the seat. I also think we will look into the AR pillow. It looks easier to use than the tucker sling, and it is less expensive.
Aug 21, 2008
Melissa - Mommy to Sebastian, born 9/28/07 @ 7 lbs 7 oz and 20.75 in. At docs at 12 months: 27 pounds and 32 in! Good grief! GERD - currently on Prevacid suspension (liquid equivalent of 45 mg a day). Allergic to dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, all treenuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, peas, sesame, bananas, barley, coconut, dust, dust mite, dog, cat, latex. Seasonal allergies. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). Neocate only - no solids - until further notice (drinks and loves water, too). Loves his doggie, our rescued Treeing Walker Coonhound, Louise, even though he is allergic to her. Louise will make your doctor a homemade pie if you would like her to. PHOTO: We couldn't do a cake on Sebastian's birthday, but that didn't stop him from tossing around the contents of a big bowl of popcorn! He now tries to eat it when we play with popcorn, so no more of that game.... :(
Hi there. I just wanted to pop in and say that we had NO luck with the Tucker SLing, although it seems to work for everyone else! Sebastian was so pissed that he was strapped in. I ended up selling it on ebay. That might actually be a good place for you to start looknig just in case your LO ends up like mine! We ended up making a U under the crib sheets with a few rolled up blankets and then elevating the head of his crib - a great suggestion from some mommies on here. The only problem was that Sebastian was a very early sitter, so you can imagine we couldn't keep him rigged up in this contraption for long!
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