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Old 26.06.2011, 07:56
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has anyone used a "dondolo" to soothe their baby?

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If so, what is your experience? Our pediatrician reccomended it but wanted to know what others thought before investing in it

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If so, what is your experience?
Yes I have one of these, it's a 'kangarooh' brand I think. We were given it when baby was a couple months old and she always screamed the house down when we put her in it. Only if she fell asleep first could we put her in it but she would scream when she woke and try to get out. Now she is a little older (6/7 months) she will go in it for a few minutes entertainment swinging but she soon tries to escape and is getting too big for it.

However we never used a Moses basket with my daughter she went straight into a cot, and she always screamed if she was swaddled. I've always wondered if she had been more used to a confined environment for sleeping or we had has the hammock from birth that it would have been more successful.

So I would really recommend trying one of these out with baby before buying as they certainty ain't cheap! Our doc has one in the reception or if you are near Zurich Kreis 11 you can come and try ours :-)
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So I would really recommend trying one of these out with baby before buying as they certainty ain't cheap! Our doc has one in the reception or if you are near Zurich Kreis 11 you can come and try ours :-)
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Old 26.06.2011, 09:03
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Re: has anyone used a "dondolo" to soothe their baby?

Yes - we had one for no. 3. It was brilliant, one of the best investments we made. High re-sell value too.
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Re: has anyone used a "dondolo" to soothe their baby?

They use them at the Krippe my daughter goes to. They swear by them there and we will be getting one for our next baby for sure.
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Old 26.06.2011, 19:04
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Re: has anyone used a "dondolo" to soothe their baby?

A friend of mine had one of these for her daughter from birth and she slept really well in it, down side was she wouldn't lay and sleep flat so they struggled getting her to go in her pram.

We had a moses basket and then at 4 months he went into his cot, we also swaddles from around 6 weeks till around 5 months - he loved being swaddled and I sometimes do it now for a day time nap if he's really over tired. I considered getting one of these hammocks but in the end i decided not to as I knew we'd need him to be used to laying flat in a pram more often than not - but I think he would have liked it considering he loved being swaddled
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Re: has anyone used a "dondolo" to soothe their baby?

For us it was one of those little magic things parents just love - little one really liked it and was calm in a second.

But as mentioned by other ones: if you have a chance to rent one for a while, I would definitely recommend this way.

One never knows which baby you have, some of them really hate it.

And it's quite an investment to get one.
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Re: has anyone used a "dondolo" to soothe their baby?

I figured to sooth my baby was to wrap him tight in a blanket. He loves it and sleeps like a baby!
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I figured to sooth my baby was to wrap him tight in a blanket. He loves it and sleeps like a baby!
Swaddling? yes that's what I did too - works a treat. I highly recommend those little swaddle me or swaddle pod blankets by kiddopottamus
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Re: has anyone used a "dondolo" to soothe their baby?

A friend swore by this thing, she was very happy with it (only worked with one of her kids, though somehow it didn't with the younger one at all). We had an old ragetty basket with wheels (I sewed new inside lining, just to make that 100yr old thing look a tad better) that worked really well, way past 4-5mo, even, when I wasn't around to nurse the bub down when I took classes, daddyo rocked our dd over the old uneven parkettes and carpet ridges and it rocked her to sleep in a sec, they both really liked it. I usually found one sleeping inside and one on the floor by it when I got home. After that I used it as a toy basket, too.

When our kiddo had a trouble to settle down to sleep cca 2-3mo, there was this colic period, I held her and sat on a giant gym ball, slowly rocked, up and down, laying her flat in my arms, and slowing down the bounces. That worked like a charm, too. I think it was difficult for the little one to reset from awake mode into the sleep mode, she was busy being so allert that settling down was a task. When they grow up a tiny bit, they can tire themselves, I took our kiddo out 2-3 times just to tire her down, looking at things, getting dressed and undressed, changing scenery..

They do more things these days, hanging cribs, hammocks, etc. I think I would go for a hammock instead, just to keep the back more straight, although it is probably the same thing, but it looks more spacious..



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Something like this:

http://www.erisana.ch/en/index.html

If so, what is your experience? Our pediatrician reccomended it but wanted to know what others thought before investing in it

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The maternity wing I was in had a few to soothe the babies to sleep so they could do the hearing test so I guess they are a tried and tested thing to get them off to sleep as easily as possible.

The midwife recommended one but I couldn't remember the damn name of them (kept thinking of Domodossola ) so we ended up not getting one.
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Re: has anyone used a "dondolo" to soothe their baby?

We have a dondolo that was given to us as a gift, which I must admit, I was skeptical about using. But my husband insisted on installing and trying it out, and now I am very glad we did. While our baby very rarely sleeps in it (he is still in a Moses basket and will later move to a cot), it does work like a charm to calm/relax him when he is fussy and he does tend to fall asleep in it if left long enough. It also buys me a bit of time to get things done when I need it as he is very happy to swing or bounce around in there for quite some time. I should also add that he WILL NOT be swaddled - guess he enjoys his freedom to kick and move about too much - but he does like movement/bouncing a lot, so this option works great for us. And as the other posters have said, every baby is different and would definitely be worth testing out first.
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I should also add that he WILL NOT be swaddled - guess he enjoys his freedom to kick and move about too much - but he does like movement/bouncing a lot, so this option works great for us.
I had an anti swaddler too

Although the first few days I had my baby in our traditional wrap mom made


since it was so much more practical to move a wiggly noodly newborn.
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Re: has anyone used a "dondolo" to soothe their baby?

Hello!

Thought I would give news

Managed to borrow one from a friend and it works wonders to instantly calm baby when he is in a strop

However for now he does not stay long as he starts crying as soon as the dondolo stops bouncing

We will see how it continues!

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Hello!

Thought I would give news

Managed to borrow one from a friend and it works wonders to instantly calm baby when he is in a strop

However for now he does not stay long as he starts crying as soon as the dondolo stops bouncing

We will see how it continues!

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Kri have you tried swaddling?
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Kri have you tried swaddling?
Hi!

I did but he hates it...

Turns out he is a tummy sleeper and things have imrpoved dramatically since this discovery

I am a bit worried about it but guess not much I can do as otherwise he does not sleep (and nor do we...)

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Re: has anyone used a "dondolo" to soothe their baby?

I've just bought a Bumbo

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I've just bought a Bumbo
I bought one but he didn't like it! also his physio said no to all forms of baby seats, best place for baby during the day is on the floor on tummy or as much tummy time as possible - all very well but he hated being on his tummy until older

Kri I have a friend who's baby was a tummy sleeper from new born - I can imagine it's a bit of a worry
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Re: has anyone used a "dondolo" to soothe their baby?

My friend had one for her daughter and she loved it. Every time we went round I tried my son in it and he hated it. Definitely try it if you can before you buy one!
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Re: has anyone used a "dondolo" to soothe their baby?

I have a colic baby and a friend of mine said I could borrow her KAENGUROOH hammock which works wonders. Its great, instantly I have a calm and quiet baby, however he also likes to be swaddled. I use it during the day for him to sleep in and he feels so at ease that he can sleep for longer periods than in his crib or in my arms
I would recommend it but as I have heard not all babies like it. Perhaps you can try one out first.

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