Originally Posted by snoopy5386
oh yeah! we swaddle for all sleeps that we are home for. If I'm nursing her in bed and she's not swaddled and happens to fall asleep, she won't sleep for more than 5 minutes. In the carseat or in the beco (when she's not swaddled) she will only sleep for 30 mins max, I can almost set a watch by it - moving or not, 30 mins and she is awake. We're roadtripping next week and I'll be swaddling her in the carseat for the drive in hopes she'll sleep longer than 30 mins (the swaddleme has a hole in the butt for the crotch strap to go through for carseat swaddling). Swaddled she naps for 45 mins - 2 hours + at home and at night she sleeps for an 8 hour stretch and then 2-4 hour stretches after that. We swaddle her in a swaddleme and underneath she wears a sleeper at night and whatever her clothes are during the day (usually a onesie).
With DD1 we didn't have a swaddleme and only swaddled her for maybe a week after we brought her home from the hospital.
Doh, we've been using the swaddleme for months (LOVE them, total lifesaver, I'm sure they have saved me countless hours of sleeplessness trying to reswaddle with a regular blanket!) and I had no idea what that hole in the butt was for. I even asked DH and he said "so that their diapered butts don't get too hot?". Ha ha, we are obviously overtired here!
Wow, I am trying not to be jealous that your LO sleeps for an 8 hour stretch! Mine has done a few 6 hour ones but mostly it's 4-5 hours at night, and still at barely 45 minutes, tops, for naps (longer if I sleep with her and keep her jammed in my armpit).
Anyway. Tried the woombie once but it felt weird, and although it kept her arms locked in well, when she was waking up in the morning and couldn't get her hands free she SCREAMED much louder than usual and I felt like, well, yeah, I would too if I couldn't get my hands out no matter what! I think it was mostly my perspective, though, and sometimes I wish I hadn't given it away. I still feel kinda weird about the baby straightjacketness of the swaddleme, but at least with those she can work her hands free if need be. And actually the last few nights it seems to be helpful that she can get a fist out to suck, and the swaddleme keeps it next to her face - when she's tired she can't control her hand at all and gets really upset that she can't suck on them in her sleep, so maybe the swaddleme helps keep it up there.
Well, so far she still needs the swaddle to fall and stay asleep at night. I'm hoping she'll get over it soon because she can find her hands in her sleep, but we're not quite there yet.
I did swaddle her for a nap today because she couldn't stop flailing and it seemed to help, but she still only slept for a half an hour. Power napper! I had a fantasy that she was going to do a nice 1.5-2 hour nap (haven't had one of those in literally months) because she was so tired and sacked out so quickly after swaddling, but, nope, she was up after 30 minutes
Sometimes I wonder if she really needs all of the feedings that she gets at night. Lately it's been just 1-2 feeds (not including bedtime feeding around 9pm, and wakeup feeding at 7amish), and she doesn't even wake up all the way. Sometimes she doesn't even open her eyes! I can't imagine not feeding her at least once in the night, though, since she's so young still. Perhaps if I was more mellow about it she would occasionally sleep through the night?
Ah, I'm not too worried about it (and I know that 6 hours is considered "sleeping through the night", it just sucks when that's a 9pm-3am "night"). I don't mind the middle of the night feedings too much, since I barely wake up - it's the 6 or 7am crying that I hate when she can't find her hands, can't wake up enough to poop, and needs me to coach her awake and help her poop and change her diaper
Could be a lot worse (and sorry for blathering on, can you tell I didn't get enough "grown up" time today?).