First time mom looking for help

Andrea - posted on 07/12/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hi all,
My daughter is three and half months old we been having some problems and just wonderig if anybof you ladies could help me.
My daughter used to sleep from 8:00 to 2:30 am and then up for 10 mins and after that she was up again at 6:30 7:00. I swaddled her because she has a very strong moro reflex but since sunday it has been completly impossible to swaddle her.
Not only it takes me from 7:30 to 10 to put her to sleep but she just wakes up as soon as i put her down, this is brcause (of course) she is not swaddle. I have tried to do it when she is in her deep sleep but it doesnt work she is up and starts to cry.
If she sleeps from 10 to 1 im up until 4:30 because she doesnt fall as sleep.
She hasnt been a good napper since she was born but i have tries to always have her nap when insee the first signs.
Last week she was napping 3 times a day one nap was almosy two hour the reat 45 mins.
I also took her to the ped on wednesday and she has gained two pounds since two weeks ago, she is weighting 17 pounds, so i dont think hunger is an issue.
What can i do if she doesnt want to be swaddle? We also tried the car seat and she startled there too :(
Any ideas as to why she is doing this?
Thank you :)

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Lacy - posted on 07/16/2013

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Some babies simply don't like swaddling, which makes them distressed. As infants get older, sometimes they like going to sleep swaddled, but don't like staying asleep in swaddling, so they kick and struggle to escape the swaddling blanket, but then want to be reswaddled to fall asleep again, which can mean the parent will be up and down a lot during the night. Swaddling a baby during non-sleep hours can inhibit motor development, since he will have less time in which to practice skills like rolling and sitting.

Swaddling is linked to hip displacement in places where an infant's legs are stretched out straight before swaddling. Swaddling can also lead to overheating, making it especially important not to cover the baby's head or face with the swaddling blanket. If a swaddled baby is placed on his face, the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome increases. Tight swaddling can lead to a greater risk of respiratory infections. Swaddling is also sometimes linked to delayed weight gain.
Swaddling a newborn infant can give the child great security and help him learn how to sleep. After about one month, you should stop swaddling your baby when he's awake, and he will probably be ready to sleep unswaddled by three to four months. Your baby will let you know when he doesn't want to be swaddled by kicking away the swaddling blankets. You should certainly stop swaddling by the time your baby is ready to start turning over.

If you choose to swaddle, watch out for overheating, and switch from a blanket to a lightweight sheet or shawl if your baby's chest feels hot to the touch, or if he starts to sweat.

GOOD LUCK! :)

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