Getting rid of the swaddle

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Registered: 09-15-2007
Getting rid of the swaddle
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Thu, 11-29-2012 - 3:39pm

I need some advice.  Eric has been a great sleeper, but has needed a swaddle in order to not wake himself up by startling or scratching (he has eczema on his head).  As he is now approaching five months, we though we would try to break him of being swaddled at night.  It is not going well, to put it mildly.  We finally got the eczema to be a little less severe, so he isn't scratching as much, but he still rubs his eyes and wakes himself up screaming or flails.  We tried doing one arm alone first, and that didn't work.  I've tried giving him his pacifier when he wakes, shushing him with my hand on his chest while rocking his body a bit, but it has been hard to resettle him.  Getting him to go to sleep in the first place is also taking close to an hour without the swaddle.  I really need help.  I would say ok, maybe he isn't ready and we will try it again soon, but he has almost completely outgrown his swaddles (he is almost 20 pounds) and they don't make them any larger.  If I swaddle him in a blanket he gets right out of it and wakes himself all over again.  I'm sleep deprived now and so upset that I can't help him get restful sleep, so any suggestions or advice are welcome!

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Registered: 10-15-2001
Fri, 11-30-2012 - 10:02am

We never swaddled after the hospital, so I can't offer advice.  But I want to just say hang in there.  Being so tired is overwhelming, and we've all been there for one reason or another.  I hope this transition is short-lived and everything is smooth again soon.

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Registered: 08-04-2003
Sat, 12-01-2012 - 3:17pm

We swaddled Teddy for what seems like forever.  He just didn't sleep well unless he was swaddled; honestly I can't remember when we officially retired the swaddler.  I know when he got bigger I ended up ordering him a Wombie (that's the brand name) and I got the convertable one and we worked on slowly going from swaddled to  one arm out to both arms out.  And we did the transition starting during the day with not swaddling at night the last step.  To this day (he is 21 months) he will not sleep unless he's in a sleep sack (what we moved too after the Wombie).  Good luck!!!

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Registered: 11-01-2005
Sun, 12-02-2012 - 8:55pm
Try a sleep sack! Maxim lived in his until he was 2 and we cut the swaddle pretty early. The other thing is that Aden and Anais makes HUGE muslin swaddlers and Maxim still likes to use his as a blanket and it covers him up well as a 2.5 year old. Plus they are just so cozy and nice but breathable for naps so even when you stop the swaddling technique, they make nice blankets :)

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Registered: 03-29-2008
Fri, 12-07-2012 - 10:28am
  • Katja- Grey was big into being swaddled as well.  When he started really rolling is when we stopped having him sleep swaddled.  We also didn't swaddle for naps after about 2 mos.  Anyway, we 'weaned' in steps.  First, we liberated legs, then after a few nights, one arm, and then both arms.  Like Ruby, we are big fans of sleep sacks.  We love the Halo brand and Aden and Anais.  Halo makes one sleep sack (I can't remember the dimensions on it) but its called a swaddle sack where the legs are just in the sack part with room for kicking and then the arms are swaddled.  I'll bet Erik will respond well to something like this.  Good Luck!  I hope you get some sleep soon!

-Suzie :)

 

 

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Mon, 07-28-2014 - 11:00am
Hi, I’m Katy! So glad that I came across this chat room. I’m looking forward to talking with other moms.