I tried the one armed swaddle approach and wanted to shoot myself.
‘Member I was telling you that last week Logan had started to break out of the swaddle more and I was thinking about starting the no swaddle transition? Well, after 2 days, we’re back in the full swaddle.
I started the process at night. Put him down for bed with one arm out of the swaddle and actually didn’t have much of a problem. He slept his normal sleep and I got super excited. So the next day for naps I did the same thing, one arm out. Within ten minutes of putting him down, he was wide awake. The arm was the culprit. I thought he would stick his thumb in his mouth and suck on it to soothe himself back to sleep. WRONG. He was using his arm to rub his eyes, flap up and down, pull on the other side of the swaddle, everything but soothe.
I kept trying through the rest of that day’s naps. They were all only 15 minutes long. I coulda died.
Nighttime came and I decided to hold strong and stick to my guns. I left the arm out, not knowing I was in for the night from hell. Every 45 minutes on.the.dot. my child was waking up crying. At about 2 am it got 100 times worse. He woke up crying, so I would go in and pick him up, he’d fall asleep, I’d set him down, and as soon as I was climbing back in bed he would be crying again. This happened until 5 am. When he finally gave up and fell asleep until 7. I felt like a zombie and almost like I did when he was a newborn.
The next day I tried two more naps with one arm out. Again, they were only 15 minutes long. And that’s when I gave up. I swaddled up that second arm, gave him his paci, did a little rockin’ and he was out like a light. I laid him in the crib and he took a two hour nap! Swaddle = heaven.
I’ve decided that he is not ready yet for unswaddling. And actually since I started re-swaddling him all the way he has slept from 8 pm to 4 am. He’s never done that before! [Not to mention that I’ve started trying to pump him up with more milk right before bed. I feed him about 4 oz at 4 pm, then at 6:30 pm, and then bed time at 7:45.] Whichever one of these it is that’s getting him to sleep through the night, I don’t care. I’m just happy to be getting some sleep! I’m thinking though about looking in to the Magic Merlin suit and maybe trying again in a few weeks.
Other than that little hiccup in the week, this little man is turning in to a ball of laughing energy! It seems like he has started to learn that laughing is funny, so he just likes to do it all the time. I love it!
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