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Where, oh Where Have the Sheep Gone….

Posted by on January 3, 2012

Where have my counting sheep gone?!

You know the ones you count and fall fast asleep……
I’ll tell you where they have gone.  They bailed when they saw me try to remove the swaddlewrap.  Yep, he’s almost 6 months and still semi-swaddled!  I’m beginning to wonder if he will go off to college and still need it!!!

He loves sleeping in this swaddle.  From day one he has slept in his co-sleeper, swaddled, right next to me.

Fast forward to 4.5 months old when he got TOO long for the co-sleeper and had to be put in his crib.  Since he was still swaddled we didn’t want to move him to the nursery which seems like miles away from the master bedroom (thank you architects).
Our solution — move the crib to OUR room!  Totally rearranged our bedroom and now we have our bed & dresser, his crib, & my nursing recliner…… HAPPINESS!!!!  So many people warned me “don’t do it”  but we did and we were thrilled with the results until now.

A month ago he broke out, but wasn’t happy about it and we figured out we needed to leave ONE arm out.  It HAD to be the left arm!  Now he breaks the right arm free and wakes up crying/startled/scared every 2-3 hrs.  This has gone on for almost a week now.  When I try to leave both arms out from the start of the night I get the same results.

I’m one tired mommy and I know the swaddle has to go!  He can roll over, break out, and is completely capable of napping without the swaddle.  It needs to go, but sleep deprived nights make for a really cranky mom, dad, and baby.

We don’t do “cry it out.”  I’ve taken too many neuroscience classes to think this is positive for brain development.  Plus, I’m not convinced that it doesn’t cause long term damage.

Read & form your own opinion:

My favorite book is the “The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night.”  My breastfed baby has slept through the night (5-8hr stretches) since he was 4 weeks old.  Sure he has his off days, but who doesn’t?!

Did you have a swaddle loving baby?



3 Responses to Where, oh Where Have the Sheep Gone….

  1. Sabrina c

    My son did the same thing. He slept all through the night from 8 weeks to 6 months swaddled. At 6 months he started turning over in his swaddle and getting stuck. We had to take him out and has not slept through the night in his bed since then. Once when we were travelling I let him sleep in the bed with us and he slept through the night which started a trend. He seems to have trouble when learns a new “trick.” Our ped said that’s common. Good luck!

    • Suzanne

      It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one to experience this! I have considered sleeping with him. We’ve done it before and it did work great! Very useful during growth spurts when I get tired of getting up every hour.