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A heaven for a while that turns into hell
on May 16, 2012
I am writing this review with the screaming baby in the crib right now. This rock and play sleeper was super awesome for us. We bought the RNP sleeper when she was one month old and we were having hard time having her sleep.. This saved our lives and sleep. At that time we thought this was the best baby purchase we have ever made. She also has GERD and this has been a blessing for us since she can sleep in an incline. Now she sleeps like an angel in this rock and play sleeper. She sleeps through the night-sometimes over 9 to 10 hours-now and all she needs is a pacifier to fall asleep in the rocker sleeper. (She is 4.5 months now) Sounds like heaven, huh? Nothing can be more awesome, except,
Our daughter was not born with a flat head. Then her left side became flat because she would only look to one side. We made the correction by putting rolled blankets underneath the bunny flap. Then her entire head became balanced-flat. We thought doing tummy time and having her exercise her neck would help. But no, her head is still flat. I can see why this can be a problem because the older she gets, the more pressure she asserts on her head backwards, arching her back as her back gets stronger. I feel so guilty that we may have caused it because having her sleep in the rocker sleeper was so easy and convenient that we didn't think of the consequences. Her pediatrician has recommended that we transition her to the crib. The problem is, she associates lying flat as play time, since the only time she lies flat is when she is on her activity gym. She cannot rest her legs stretched out all the way comfortably when she is lying flat. The way the sleeper is positioned, she does not have to stretch her legs out flat, and I am thinking sleeping like that all the time could also be a problem in terms of her muscle development. That makes it even harder for her to sleep on flat surface. May be if we had her sleep in the crib from the beginning and endured a bit more sleepless nights, she may not have ended up with a flat head? I am not sure. It's been two weeks since we got back from her Pediatrician, but still, we weren't able to transition her because we needed sleep and we were too scared of sleepless nights. The temptation was too great. We should've done this earlier, making her sleep in her crib...
So go ahead. This RNP sleeper will save your sleep when the baby is still at a newborn stage. I would still recommend it because it is the greatest invention ever for newborn parents. But be aware that this could cause positional plagiocephaly. But also, maybe not everyone has the same problem. Nevertheless, I cannot bear the thought of having her wear the helmet if she doesn't transition to the crib and the flat head continues.... and of course heartbroken that she is screaming in her crib right now not being able to sleep... Transitioning the baby to the crib won't be easy for a lot of you. If you have any pointers on how you made it easier, please share. And also read the review for the other rock and sleeper, cuz out of 700 something reviews, there are some one star reviews who share the same view and some people who had to have helmet fitted and some who say that even the helmet was not able to correct the problem.