swaddling baby - Page 2
I swaddled DD1 till she was 4 months! I wonder if this baby will want to that long.
Because R's problem is startling himself awake with flailing arms, we tend to wrap him snuggly on top and loosely at the legs. This strikes me as a reasonable compromise for overnights.
I do check in the middle of the night, to make sure he's not got loose or anything.
We swaddled on and off the first week and he always seemed to squirm his way out of it, but it did seem to work to calm him for a bit. We really wanted to do the swaddling thing but Gabriel has just ended up nursing and sleeping on me, then at night we side nurse/sleep a lot which is working quite well. He has spent about a total of 3 hours in his cradle by the bed (and those were not continuous and were in the first week during the day). I would like to try swaddling again though to free me up more in the daytime. I feel like I'm a really nice pillow for a big portion of the day;D
I should probably try to stop this daytime sleeping on me thing before it becomes too much of a routine. It's so hard though because as soon as I'm done nursing, burping him, I try to put him down for a nap without me and he usually only lasts about 5-10 minutes before the crying starts... I can sometimes get an hour here and there, especially when he's with Daddy (who has all kinds of tricks up his sleeve)... He's better in the early evening and will usually be alright for a 2-3 hour nap without me but it's not working in the daytime yet...
At our 2 week check-up, our midwife said that you can't spoil them, etc. for the first 6 weeks, so I feel like we have a little more time to work out a better system:)
I'm glad I'm not the only one nettle! It gets so frustrating but at the same time it's sweet and I love having him there and LOVE that he wants to be there:)
I am going to try harder today to get him settled after nursing off of me... I've tried it before but wasn't very diligent about it, here's what I'm doing:
Nurse, wait until he's done and has fallen asleep, gently move him off of my breast and either higher up on me or more on my tummy, let him mellow there for a bit. Then, gently move him to another sleeping area off of me (depending where I am... either move him to the cradle, prop him safely on the bed or in the newborn seat thingy ). I've done this and it's worked a little here and there but I'm really going to be more on it this week and hopefully succeed! Wish me luck!!
Any of you experienced mamas have tips on this kind of thing (other than just letting them cry it out - I'm clearly not able to do that)?
I also sometimes put him down with my arm underneath him. I let him get a bit more comfortable that way, then ease it out.
One more thing: I'd make sure the sheets in the crib are not cold. My babies always hated that shock and it would wake them up. A hot water bottle in the bed for a minute or less makes it pleasantly warm for them.
Thanks cmu204, I will try that. The limp limb thing sounds key as does the only transferring once. I love the hot water bottle tip as well!
Tilly - these babies sure are smart aren't they - preferring to sleep on a warm body... going to be a hard habit to break! I've tried swaddling just the arms and he seems to like it and it's easier to do:)
How are you feeling serena?
We also swaddle, mostly at night but we leave the legs loose and the arms tighter, like someone else said. We also have to leave her right arm out of the swaddle, she can't stand to have it pinned down. Sometimes in the middle of the night she'll fuss until I take her other arm out and let her sleep just wrapped from the chest down. She doesn't seem to need to be swaddled constantly, but it does help if she's particularly tired and having trouble falling asleep because she keeps jerking around waking herself up!
ya know we didnt swaddle at all the first 2wk but after his serc we started just like once or twice to help calm him and now i do it almost everynight because he will sleep at least 6hr witch is awesome!!! but we only do it at night. but how long to do you swaddle for? like is there an age you should stop?