7 weeks old

Liz - posted on 12/14/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I keep reading that a baby shouldn't be swaddled after it is a month old, but it seems like this is the only way my 7 week old son will sleep. Should I stop swaddling him and only do it at night?

We are also feeding him 3-3 1/2 oz every 3 hours and he seems to be doing fine with that, but my mother in law insists he should be eating 4-5 oz. each time. Sometimes when we feed him 4 oz. he spits a good bit of it up, should we just stay with the 3 - 3 1/2 for now?

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Erin - posted on 12/14/2009

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My son is also 7 weeks old. He never liked to be swaddled so I can't help you with that. But feed him what he wants to eat. Sometimes my son only eats 2 ounces... then sometimes he eats 6 ounces. It all depends on him. When he goes through a growth spurt he eats more... and sometimes he doesn't need as much. Noone knows your son better than you do.

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I swaddle my son as it comforts him to go to sleep, but like clockwork two or three hours later when I check on him, he's wriggled and kicked his way out of them and is sleeping soundly, no matter how securely I wrap him (this did worry me a bit in Winter, but I'm okay with it now it's Summer, I even unwrap him gently if I feel it's too hot).
I've never heard of not swaddling a child for developmental reasons; if a child doesn't want to be wrapped, they'll wriggle out of it. My sister could never be wrapped, and reached her developments, and I loved being wrapped and still do love the covers around me hot or cold, and I reached my milestones at the same rate, so it's really opinion and baby's preference, I think.

Misty - posted on 12/18/2009

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I think you can swaddle as long as the baby can tolerate it and as far as feeding we seem to forget babies are human and not all the same stomach sizes can you eat as much as your spouse mine eats small ammounts frequently if a baby is hungry you will know lol :)

Crystal - posted on 12/17/2009

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Yeah I had not heard not to swaddle before then either, just the usual case of hearing something different everywhere you go.. like Eleisha said, always just go with what you feel is right :-)

Renae - posted on 12/17/2009

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I have never heard that a baby shouldn't be swaddled until after a month and in Australia all mums are told to swaddle their babies from birth. Most mums here swaddle for at least the first few months, sometimes longer.

What you are feeding him sounds perfect for a newborn. A common cause of spitting up (apart from the fact that's its just something babies do) is over feeding. If he starts to get hungry sooner than 3 hours then give him a bit more, but if he is happy to go 3-31/2 hours he is getting what he needs.

Eleisha - posted on 12/16/2009

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Quoting Crystal:

Babies should be fed til they are full.. every baby is different and with all good intentions your mother in law can't really dictate what your baby needs. You are his mum, so you know what is best :-)

As for swaddling, I was actually told by a sleep consultant that swaddling is not great because babies practice their latest developments in their sleep so restricting the arms is not good for development.. but hey, if it is the only way your baby sleeps then you need to ensure he gets his sleep!


 



While I am in total agreement with the feeding comment, I would also like to point out that swaddling is really a matter of opinion.  I too spoke with a sleep consultant, as my daughter was having trouble day sleeping.  She encouraged me to swaddle her, for as long as necessary.  While there is differing opinions on the benefits associated with swaddling, I think the overall consensus is that the benefits of swaddling can be very good.  As long as they are getting plenty of floor time while awake (particularly tummy time) then their development is really not affected by their swaddling.  My daughter is 6 months and is still swaddled but has infact reached her milestones quite early.



Rolling over - 3 months



Sitting up unassisted for 20 min - 5.5 months.



 



Just go with what works 

Crystal - posted on 12/16/2009

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Babies should be fed til they are full.. every baby is different and with all good intentions your mother in law can't really dictate what your baby needs. You are his mum, so you know what is best :-)

As for swaddling, I was actually told by a sleep consultant that swaddling is not great because babies practice their latest developments in their sleep so restricting the arms is not good for development.. but hey, if it is the only way your baby sleeps then you need to ensure he gets his sleep!

Eleisha - posted on 12/15/2009

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My daughter is swaddled still, and she is 6 months. Her legs NEVER stop, from the time she wakes till the time I swaddle her. If I don't swaddle her, she kicks all night and wakes herself up. My sister in law swaddled her son until he was 2.

Liz - posted on 12/14/2009

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Thank you :) My mother in law was really starting to drive me nuts with the "you have to feed him 4-5 oz." she got online and read an article that said by this age he should be up to that amount, and because someone put "M.D" behind their name she believed it to be true. luckily my husband stands behind me on this one, I just hope that when she watches him while I'm at work she does as I ask and only feeds him 3-4 ounces. As for swaddling him I'm glad to hear that its ok to do that longer, because it is the ONLY way he will sleep without being held and the ONLY way I can get him to sleep at night. I just recently bought one of those "kiddopotomus" swaddle blankets and its been a lifesaver!!!

Cassie - posted on 12/14/2009

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Hi, my son still is swaddled and he is 3 months old that the only way he feels safe, as for feeding stick with what your baby wants to take, some feeds will be more than others and sometimes they dont take as much, it just like us we snack throughout the day babies do it also xx

Lauren - posted on 12/14/2009

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yeh i'd stick the what your giving him, you'll know when he wants more. He's spitting it up cos he's full and doesn't want it.

With the swaddling i was talk you can do it till there like 14wk old but my daughter grew out of liking it when she got the idea of kicking etc. she now hates having covers over her cos shes sooo active with her legs! Go with what you think cos i had loads of advice with my mum but i just went with what my daughter wanted!

Lauren - posted on 12/14/2009

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yeh i'd stick the what your giving him, you'll know when he wants more. He's spitting it up cos he's full and doesn't want it.

With the swaddling i was talk you can do it till there like 14wk old but my daughter grew out of liking it when she got the idea of kicking etc. she now hates having covers over her cos shes sooo active with her legs! Go with what you think cos i had loads of advice with my mum but i just went with what my daughter wanted!

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