Last night, we tried to not swaddle Henrik for bedtime. He found his hand over the weekend, and now will stop at nothing to get it in his mouth, including busting out of the Halo sleep sack swaddle. Problem is, in doing so, he pushed the blankets up over his mouth, which made us both a little nervous.
So, we decided to see how it would go without swaddling him in the sleep sack.
Big mistake. Let’s just say, I experienced true sleep deprivation today as I am now back at work and unable to sleep when the baby sleeps.
It’s not the security that Henrik likes about the swaddle – he needs something to pin his arms down. Until he got here, I thought babies slept like normal humans – still. Boy, was I wrong about that! He could be a black belt with the kung-fu he practices in his sleep!
Don’t me wrong, I consider us pretty lucky when it comes to his sleeping habits. He’s on a fairly decent schedule. Like clockwork, each night at 6:30, he starts showing all his sleep cues, including being super-fussy. He is usually in his crib, asleep by 7/7:15 and will sleep until 3/3:30, eat quick and go back to sleep until 5/5:30 am, when both my husband and I get up.
I put out a plea on Facebook this morning for Houdini-proof swaddlers. I got a lot of great suggestions and I plan on trying them all to see which one works best for him. Tonight, we tried the Happiest Baby on the Block swaddling method with an Aden + Anais blanket. A good friend of mine even swung by my house after work to show me how to do it. We will see how long my swaddle holds. In case that doesn’t work, I stopped by the store after work and grabbed a couple of SwaddleMe swaddlers. Finally, my cousin is sending me her Miracle Blanket, which I have heard really good things about.
All this talk on swaddling, got me thinking, how long am I going to need to swaddle him? Of course I consulted Google and could not find a concrete answer. I talked to some friends at work, but all of their answers varied as well. On that same token, when should we start getting serious about sleep training? We have loosely been following the EASY sleep method by the Baby Whisperer, but we could be doing things better. For instance, I would like for him to get up around 12-1am for his midnight feeding, rather than 3 am. That way I could get a solid four hour block of sleep, rather than just getting back to sleep, only to have my alarm go off.
I am guessing the answer is every baby is different and you have to find what works best for you. But right now, my sleep-deprived brain would love to know when we could expect a full eight hours again!
What tricks and tips do you have to get a new-ish baby to sleep? When did you stop swaddling and/or start sleep-training?