Swaddling

Laurie - posted on 12/09/2014 ( 7 moms have responded )

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So, this is my baby number 2, but my first child never let me swaddle her after we got home from the hospital. My new little one, however, cannot sleep unless he is swaddled. He has just recently learned to roll from his back to his tummy. I'm not worried that he will roll as long as he is in his bassinet, but I am concerned about when I move him into his crib. I have tried to leave his arms out recently, but he wakes himself up either from jumping in his sleep or from trying to suck on his hands. Anyone else having this dilemma?

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Wanda - posted on 12/11/2014

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I would wrap my baby up then roll two blankets and tuck them along each side of her. Not near her head, just around the armpit area. Works great!

Sarah - posted on 12/10/2014

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It is tricky, if you don't swaddled snugly enough they pop their arms right out. My kids are older so I never got to use the swaddling clothing that is made for babies today. Maybe someone with younger kids can chime in?

Laurie - posted on 12/10/2014

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I am not worried about him learning to settle into sleep on his own when he is bigger. He does have an older sister who was sleep trained at around a year. I am a fan of snuggling with my babies until they fall asleep. I do not co-sleep, and I know the cuddling years do not last forever (my almost three year old daughter has already stopped wanting to cuddle). He currently only wakes once through the night to be changed and fed (on occasion he will wake a second time). I typically use nap time through the day to start my sleep training, my daughter was able to put herself to sleep at nap time on her own by the time she was 7 months, if not sooner, and I fully expect that my son will be able to as well. I was hoping there might be some ideas for making the transition from swaddled to arms free a little easier on him. He is currently in a wearable swaddle blanket, and I hope to switch him to a wearable blanket by 6 months.

Sarah - posted on 12/09/2014

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I know how nice it is for baby to be cozy and swaddled, two of my four loved it! Ironically those are my huggers and snugglers as they grew up as well. As he milestones, he will naturally flip to his tummy for sleep and he will have the head control to get himself back over to his back.
One great gift you can give your baby is the ability to settle himself to sleep. This site is posted with dozens of moms wondering how to get their baby to sleep through. Because baby has become accustomed to nursing, rocking or walking and has no skill to self soothe. I believe you cannot spoil a baby with love and comfort, but I also believe that a 14 month old should sleep through without nursing every two to three hours.

Laurie - posted on 12/09/2014

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He hasn't rolled in his swaddle blanket yet, but I think that is because he is still in the bassinet. After Christmas I may try to nap him without swaddling in the crib just to see how he does...he currently naps in his swing, car seat (if we are out and about) or on me.

Sarah - posted on 12/09/2014

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They make foam wedges to prop babies on their sides. They are not popular due to the AAP recommending that baby should sleep on his back. I am not sure if it is a good idea though, to prevent your baby from moving in his crib. Yes, you want him safe, and comfortable. I understand that you worry if he is snugly swaddled and rolls over he will be face down. Have you seen him do that? Usually baby needs an arm or both to get from back to belly. Maybe if you leave him be and he wakes himself, he will learn to settle himself back to sleep?

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