Need Sleep Please Help

Jessica - posted on 11/09/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son is 3 months and 1 week old and currently i'm wrapping him to go to sleep at night. The problem im having now is that we are currently experiencing 38 degree heat and at night we are having to keep the air con on and it can get a bit cold.



I'm dressing him in a thin cotton jumpsuit with no legs but with sleeves as when i wrap him i have to leave 1 arm out of the wrap or he will wriggle right out of the wrap completely and start waving his arms around and waking himself up. I then put him inside a thin cotton sleeping bag. (i'm wrapping him once the sleeping bag is on first)



I think he may be getting too hot with then me wrapping him also, and i'm up and down all night adjusting him as he is constantly fussing all night!!!! so i'm not getting much sleep



My question is this, I have a thin cotton sleeping bag with longer sleeves would it be okay to put that on him with just a nappy underneath but only 1 arm in one sleeve and the other arm that is normally in the wrap leave inside the sleeping bag so he doesnt wake himself up with both arms flying everywhere!?!? i'm just not sure whether this would be safe, i figure it would be the same as being wrapped but this way he wont be too hot.



Just so you know i put him in a short sleeve jumpsuit last night and wrapped him and his little arm was freezing all night and he fussed constantly, he fusses less when his arms are covered.

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Heather - posted on 11/10/2009

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I thin the long sleeve onsie and the sleeping bag would work. If this doesnt work try just swaddling him in the blanket without the sleeping bag.

Alula - posted on 11/10/2009

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My daughter had the same problem as she got older. What worked for us was finding another form of comfort for her e.g. a blankie and a dummy and using the sleveless sleeping bag for her to sleep in so as not to get too warm or cold.

Heather - posted on 11/09/2009

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Hi Jessica,
My little girl has just turned 4 months. I had the same problem about a month ago. The weather here has changed from 38 degrees to cooler nights and my girl was getting out of her wrap every 2 hours or so and then thinking it was a very funny game to try and get out of the wrap whilst I was trying to wrap. I then decided to get rid of the wrap. I thought I would be in for a tough time but was amazed how quickly Claire responded. I just got rid of the wrap cold turkey and tucked a sheet tightly around her under her arms. I didn't have a sleeping bag so didn't use one and on the cooler nights put another layer of clothing on her. First night she woke twice and she took a while in the daytime sleeps to stop waking herself up with her hands. I just got her up when she woke during the day then tried to extend her a little at the next nap time and then eventually she slept more than one sleep cycle. All in all it only took 3 days for her to be back to usual sleeping and the tranistion wasn't as bad as I thought.
Not sure about the safety of wrapping and long sleeve sleeping bag, but it sounds like he is giving u the indicators that he doesn't need to be wrapped anymore.
Good luck!!

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my boys were born sept and oct down here in tx, still pretty warm, even through night.. when they were little little, i used to use those long sleeve night gowns, then wrap them from chest to feet, usually they would get their feet out but were still warm enough, newbies tend to feel the cold quicker when not wrapped at all

Melanii - posted on 11/09/2009

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I wouldn't use the sleeping bag in any way other than it's intended, you just can't be sure it will be safe.

My little one also was a Summer baby, and I found I had to leave his arms out too or he would get very sweaty. It took two nights for him to get used to it (which were pretty sleepless for me) but since then he won't have his arms under ANY blankets! Even now it's getting warm again I dress him in long sleeves at night as his little arms seem to get cold first. He hated the sleeping bag, as he is a VERY restless sleeper.

Hope some of this is helpful!

Jessica - posted on 11/09/2009

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Quoting Lindsay:

why don't u try a long sleeved onesie and the sleeping bag. And try and see if that helps at all. They also make the sleeping bags that have no sleeves it is open so they can move around easier. My son seemed to sleep well in those and it kept him comfortable too. Or try a sleeper with him wrapped in a cotton blanket instead of the sleeping bag. Just a suggestion.


thats what i want to do but i need to keep 1 arm inside the sleeping bag or he will wake himself up waving them around. i'm just wondering if this would be okay to keep 1 arm in the sleeping bag?
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Lisa - posted on 11/09/2009

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i used to have a problem like that with my daughter. she is a wriggler in her sleep. like you i used to put a long sleeve vest on her and then her snuggle bab over that . i eventually left both her arms out and after a a couple of nights she seemed to find her own comfortable postition. it was hard at first because i wanted to be fixing her all the time but leaving her for a couple of nights seemed to help her settle herself. dont know if this heps . hope it gets better for you

Lindsay - posted on 11/09/2009

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why don't u try a long sleeved onesie and the sleeping bag. And try and see if that helps at all. They also make the sleeping bags that have no sleeves it is open so they can move around easier. My son seemed to sleep well in those and it kept him comfortable too. Or try a sleeper with him wrapped in a cotton blanket instead of the sleeping bag. Just a suggestion.

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