Sunday, May 18, 2008

the return of sleepless nights?

I think I'm off to bed for a sleepless night.  At five months old our baby has sadly outgrown the swaddle blanket that I believe helped her to sleep through the night beginning at such a young age (6 weeks!).  It's called The Miracle Blanket and it kept Sydney snug and warm while she slept so soundly.  We are big fans of swaddling around here; it helped sooth both of our children very well.  I'm so thankful my friend Jessica recommended the book "The Happiest Baby on the Block" because it introduced us to some fantastic infant soothing techniques, swaddling being one of them.  None of the techniques are earth-shattering.  In fact, they are quite simple.  But when you aren't used to being in "baby mode", and when you are sleep-deprived, it's nice to have a great source like this book to lay out soothing techniques that really work.

So, what do we do now that Sydney has outgrown swaddling?  She's kicking her way out of blankets (even tight swaddles) so it's certainly no longer safe to wrap her.  I remember being in this position with my son too but how can I forget what I did to get past it?  I suppose I probably wasn't getting any sleep and therefore don't remember it.  Anyway, tonight I have put Syd in one of those SleepSacks to at least keep her warm, but without that snug swaddle I worry she'll not sleep soundly.  And anyone who knows me knows that Mama needs her sleep!

Wish me luck,


1 comment:

Shannon said...

Leah didn't like to be swaddled, ever, strangely enough. So we used a sleepsack from very early on. I find lately she sleeps on her tummy (*gasp* I know that is so bad!) b/c she rolls over sometime during the night. I don't know if that's why she sleeps well but she certainly does . . . I bet that Syd won't take long to adjust to the sleepsack. P&D both did pretty well - I think a good sleeper is just a good sleeper so even if it takes a night or two she will be fine. And thus so will you :-)