I can totally relate! We swaddled our LO for about 3 and a half months and I thought it would never end but like you said, she was actually a good sleeper because of it. I didn't really believe she would give it up on her own as I thought she was an addict! LOL Funny thing is, she TOTALLY did. I think I started to do it slightly looser around the time she started to find her hands and seemed to find them more reassuring than frightening. For her, I thinkit helped that she started to suck her thumb around that time so all of a sudden she was ok with one arm out during a nap etc when before she had freaked out with that. We were away when all of this started to change and when we got back from our trip, it was a total fluke.... I put her down when she had fallen asleep with the bottle- unswaddled. I had never done this and thought she'll wake up in am inute but in the mean time I'll unpack... She slept for 12 hrs without a peep. I never swaddled her again and she never missed a beat over it... Weird! :)
7/14/07 9:11 A
We swaddled Brandon till he was 7 months old. It was a life-saver and he loved it! I was afraid I'd be swaddling him till he was 10 years old!! He started to sleep on his belly and his hands were tied down - that scared me. I tried to swaddle him loosely but that made him mad, so one night I didn't do it at all and he adjusted great, flipped to belly and had no problems all night. I will swaddle my next one till they don't need it anymore as well. My doctor said to do it as long as they will let you. Good luck!
April 16, 2006
January 11, 2008
7/11/07 12:22 P
I'd say do it for as long as she likes it, if it makes her happy. One day she'll let you know she doesn't want to be swaddled anymore. Probably once she start having more ability to move on her own, which won't be too far down the road.
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