Monthly Archives: January 2014

Sleep(suit) Regression

Yup. I’m back with more sleep issues. It is sad that I yearn for the days of newborn sleep, but it is true. I’m mean not brand newborn, as she was eating every 3 hours at night. But by 6 weeks Muppet was sleeping 6-7 hours at night! That went on for a blissful 10 weeks. Now I miss it dearly.

The Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit worked…at first. For about a week we went back to 5 hours of sleep and I was so sure we were and the beginning of sleeping through the night. Then everything went back to how it was before the sleep suit. She is waking every 1-2 hours, by moving her arms around and pawing at her face. The only thing to get her to go back to sleep is to put the binky in her mouth. Something I hate doing because I don’t want her to feel like she has to have a binky to sleep. That would be another sort of nightmare. J took the night shift last night because after 4 days of this new schedule I was dead on my feet. Yet here I am, early in the morning, with Muppet by my side, far earlier than she should be up.

So I don’t know what to do. He thinks the suit isn’t working anymore and that we should go back to swaddling. I think that won’t help as she was wiggling with the swaddle as well and she has to get used to controlling her arm movements eventually. Part of me wonders if this is 4 month sleep regression hitting a bit late (she is 20 weeks). I’m also questioning if I am putting her to bed too late. I usually put her down around 9pm. I don’t know now, though, if I should be trying for earlier and maybe she is over-tired. But her last nap is at 5pm and usually lasts a few hours…

So now the question is…what do I do from here? Do I sleep train? Do I wait it out? Do I stick with the sleep suit? I just don’t know anymore. Anyone with any insight will be loved forever.

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Sanity has been restored

A HUGE thanks to everyone who commented on my last post. I was desperate, sleep deprived, and starving for a bit of support and you guys made me feel so loved. I really miss being active in this community so I may need to rethink how I’ve been doing things. But more about that later.

After reading all your advice I finally decided to put aside my pride and look into some of the products being recommended to me. I’ll admit I was stubborn and was so sure that I wouldn’t need to use any of these new contraptions to help my child sleep but I fully admit I was wrong. After doing my research I settled on what came most highly recommended: Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit. Yup, the marshmallow man suit was what I yearned for. I got lucky and was able to get in contact with a woman who was selling one for cheap as her son used it only twice and hated it.

Best. Decision. Ever.

I was really nervous about it thinking it couldn’t possibly work as good as everyone said. So that night after it had been purchased, I wiggled Muppet into her Michelin Man suit and J and I cracked up laughing. She looked so ridiculous! She is the type of baby that like to be laughed at so she immediately started laughing along with us. Good times. I put her down with a prayer and left the room.

That night was the first night in weeks that she didn’t fuss during the night other than her 2 night feeds. It was also the first night in weeks that she slept in her own bed all night. AMAZING. The next night was even better when she dropped her 2nd feed. Now she is sleeping from 9pm-7:30am with 1 feed at 3am. If she does start to fuss I just have to stick her binky in her mouth and she immediately falls back asleep. I’m a believer folks.

She wakes up happy and well rested which equals a very happy Mama.

So again thank you for the help. You guys rock my socks. But I am going to ask another sleep related question. I’ve always been the type to follow Muppet’s sleep ques and let her nap when she wants to nap. But now as she is getting older I’m starting to realize her naps are kinda messed up. She naps 5-6 times a day for 30-45 minutes. I’m wanting to get her into a set schedule of fewer, but long naps a day. So I think I’m going to start putting her in the sleep suit for naps as well (she has never been swaddled or anything for naps). Any thoughts or tips on how to make this work?

I’ll leave you with favorite photo of mine taken from a photo shoot we did over the holidays. This is my happy well rested girl!

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Calling all Swaddlers!!!

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a joyous holiday!

I’m really struggling lately because there are things I want to post about but this still doesn’t feel like an appropriate forum as they are all to do with Muppet. I really miss the sense of community I had when going through infertility on this blog. I wish I had a place equally as supportive to help along this path of motherhood.

That being said I REALLY need some help I don’t know where else to turn. So this is a question for all mothers out there who have swaddled their babies. Muppet has been swaddled since she was born, and in turn she has always been a great sleeper. Up until recently she was sleeping 6-7 hours at night before taking a bottle and going back to sleep for another 4-5 hours.

Then the ear infection hit. Double ear infection to be more precise. It’s greatly affected her sleeping. But I can handle getting up more than once to feed her during the night, and she is getting better. My problem currently lies in swaddling. At 3 1/2 months Muppet learned to roll from her back to her tummy. A week later she rolled from tummy to back so she is on the move. I’ve always heard that you should stop swaddling when they start rolling as they could roll to their tummy in their sleep and then not have their arms available to push themselves up if their face is in the mattress.

I put off the transition because we were traveling and every time we’ve tried to unswaddle her at night it has been a disaster. But now I’m running out of excuses. We are home, her ear infection is fading, and we want to be able to move her to her own room at 6 months and I don’t think I’d feel comfortable doing that if she is still swaddled.

So last night I decided we were gonna do it. Instead of her swaddle I put her in a sleep sack and off we went to bed. She went down easy and the first hour and 45 minutes she slept great. Of course this was the time that J and I were still up though. We went to bed and within 15 minutes she was squirming and startling herself awake and clawing at her face with her hands. I tried to comfort her by putting her in bed with me but it did no good. The longest she slept after that was 10 minutes and it was with her binky in her mouth. If it fell out, all bets where off.

I gave up around 1 am. I hadn’t gotten a wink of sleep, my child was screaming because she was so tired and could figure out how to sleep, and J had to work in the morning. So with my head held low like a defeated dog I wrapped her in her swaddle, gave her a bottle and straight to bed she went.

Now I have no idea what to do and I’m terrified to try again. At this point I will be swaddling her when she is in kindergarten. I should mention I really don’t want to spend money on all these fancy sleep suits or stuff like that. We are kinda minimalist that way which really puts us in a rough spot.

So any mothers have any suggestions on how I can ween her from the swaddle while still getting a little sleep? How did you do it?

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