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?