Sunday, 13 December 2009

Swaddling here to stay

We experimented again on Friday night with putting E and A to bed without swaddling them. Cue two hours of screaming! A eventually settled, but E just got more and more worked up until she actually made herself sick. As soon as we swaddled her she calmed right down and we were able to put her to bed five minutes later. We weren't keen on the prospect of repeating the experience after every night feed so we swaddled A as well after the 11pm feed and the rest of the night went better.

I think we'll be sticking with the swaddling for a while longer. A manages to get his arms out of his, but it's pretty clear that they both need to be swaddled to get themselves off to sleep, and I don't see any harm in it for now.
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  1. I used to swaddle my daughter and wondered how I was ever going to stop it. I began by swaddling with one arm free, then both arms free but only on the daytime naps. Then after about a week I put her in a grobag for the her daytime naps which she seemed to take to quite well. After a week of daytime naps I then tried her in it or the first night and never looked back. She stayed in grobags until she was 12 months and then she progressed to her quilt with a fleece sleep suit and she still is a very happy sleeper! Good luck xx

  2. That's so encouraging, thanks MM! I was really wondering how to tackle the swaddling issue. Mr E gets himself unswaddled every night now but it wakes him up and he won't resettle. Your approach sounds very sensible - we'll give it a go and I'll let you know how we get on...


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