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to swaddle or not?

To swaddle of not?  This had never been a question in our house.  We swaddle.

Coen has been growing like a weed and sadly, has already grown out of his 1st swaddle.  I thought we could just jump right into the large version, as long as it was done tight enough, we shouldn't have a problem, right?  Well, after the first two nights of finding him like this, I was done.  I thought I needed something else or this just wasn't going to work for us and no one was going to get any sleep.  I looked into buying a woombie with leggies that I had read about first on Leah's blog.  I put off ordering it and then after a few days, things got better and he wasn't ending up like this every night.  The second night that I found like this, he also had his hands out and was trying to eat them.  That's when it really scared me because I could just see him wiggling enough to get it over his face and I just didn't want to even go there.

I have found, after an experiment that failed, that Coen has to be swaddled.  He won't sleep soundly (at home in his bed) without being complete swaddled, tight tight tight.  I tried to let him sleep without it for one night and well, that was the end of that.  He was up one extra time that night because he whacked himself in the face and couldn't find his sleep again because he was so squirmy.

The brand of swaddle that we use is called Summer Swaddleme Blanket and it's been working great for us, other than the (mentioned) above incident(s).

Did you swaddle your babies?  Do you plan on swaddling?


Allison said…
We swaddled until E was about 5 months old. We tried the half-swaddling (just arms, just one arm, etc.) to transition her and that didn't work. It took a couple of nights, but she ended up doing okay in a sleep sack at that point--her feet were together, but her arms were free. We tried to transition her before 5 months and that just wasn't happening, so we got another set of the fleece swaddles (the jersey ones stretched too much) until she was ready to be unswaddled.
Sarah said…
Jocelyn hated being swaddled. So, nope...never really did. If I remember right, we did for maybe a week or two, but not after that. I'm thinking her first week in the NICU she probably wasn't swaddled too much, so she just got used to being free!
Tina said…
Grant hated being swaddled, but my friends swear by the miracle blanket! They swaddled for quite a while and it made their babies sleep like the little angels they are. :)
abkdesign said…
we swaddled and will again and had the same issues you are having... a friend recommended the "miracle blanket". we ordered it... it came... it seemed so strange to keep wrapping and wrapping him up...but it was a miracle! i heart this blanket and will use it again with our next. check out their website
my first LOVED being swaddled and was swaddled until she was over 6 months. we had to continuously fine-tune it..slowly releasing body parts (starting with her legs) from the tight hold. i figured if she liked it and needed it to sleep, we were going to give her what she needed! she basically let us know when she was done. her younger sister never really took to swaddling. and now, the older one loves to be curled up on her side to sleep, the younger one spreads out as wide as she can go ;) if he likes it and needs it, keep at it and let him get the good sleep his little body (and brain) needs!
we swaddled and then the weaning from the swaddle was quite a process for us. Here is our story if you are interested. happy sleeping to you all!
We swaddled both of our little ladies for a long time with miracle blankets. Lila was done swaddling by about 3 or 4 months.

We stopped Vivienne last month. (She's 7 months old and uncontrollable arms.)

We ended up only swaddling he arms with the miracle blanket and keeping her feet out -- if her feet were in, she'd kick out of the swaddle. We'd try every week or so to see if she was ready to be un-swaddled, and holy wow -- she wasn't. :)
Em said…
We swaddled occasionally with a large lightweight blanket but mostly with the Miracle Blanket, which was wonderful for Ben. It helped him sleep & was a lot easier to rewrap in the middle of the night than the blanket. I think he finally grew out of it/learned to escape around 6 mos, then we moved to the sleep sacks. I need to order a 2nd one for DC #2 so we don't have to do panicked laundry if the first gets dirty!

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