Help please routine changes backfired

Amy - posted on 10/24/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My baby was always a good sleeper 6pm - 6:30am with a bottle at 10pm & 3 am. He has always hated the swaddle but has lately been getting out of it so the last 3 nights he has slept in a sleeping bag. First 2 nights were perfect he may have woken himself a few times though as he seemed a bit tired during the day.
It also has become unsafe for him in his bassinet as he moves to the side & puts his face in it.
Last night he decided he didn't like the sleeping bag & woke every 2 hours crying.
I don't want to swaddle him again but how can I make it easier?
He is also going in his cot tonight how can I make this as easy as possible?
I know it's not great to make too many changes at once but I can't really see any way around them.
He is 11 weeks old & the most easy going baby ever so these last few days have been extremely hard on all of us.

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Katherine - posted on 10/25/2013

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We had to stop swaddling around the same age and it was a rough transition for us as well. Have you tried swaddling him with one arm so he can slowly get used to the freedom of moving his arms? This didn't work for my son but I know a lot of people swear by it. We went cold turkey on the swaddling and it was about two weeks of hell!! Like you said, he was up every 2 hours because he kept hitting himself and waking himself up. But after those two weeks, he learned to roll on his tummy and snuggle in and has been fine ever since. It is a big adjustment for them - and for you! The only thing that really worked for us was to tough it out. Those two weeks felt like forever while we were going through them but now, looking back, it wasn't that bad.
Also, if you are moving him from his bassinet to his crib, is he now in his room where before he was in yours?? If so, maybe try moving the crib into your room temporarily so it's not so many changes at one time. Then, when he's used to not being swaddled, you can gradually move the crib farther away until he's in his own room. Good luck!!

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Amy - posted on 10/25/2013

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Thanks :)
I thought about putting him in his own room but decided against it since he still wakes at around 3 & to be honest I am not ready for him to be that far away.
So far so good tonight he has woken himself a few times but then has gone back to sleep. I have put socks over his hands tonight as I was told that might help so fingers crossed.
We keep giving him his dummy when he wakes which is a bit worrying as well I don't want him to rely on that to sleep but it helps settle him almost instantly in most cases.
I didn't try the only swaddling one arm I might try that tomorrow if tonight doesn't go well.
Thanks for the reply I think it helps me to know its happened to others as well.

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