August 10, 2011

To swaddle or not to swaddle...

Tyler and I have been asking ourselves this question for a good month or so now.  We have always decided that we shouldn't mess with a good thing...

Kyla currently sleeps about 11 hours every night (9:00 pm-8:00 am).  Our routine up until today was a walk, last feeding, bath (every other night), massage with bedtime lotion, PJ's, read a book, swaddle, and hold her to sleep.  I know a lot of you are thinking...we were asking for trouble by holding her to sleep.  We've done it since the day she was born and just haven't broken the habit yet.

We knew the time would come where we needed to stop swaddling her AND let her fall asleep on her own.  We just couldn't decide if we should do them both at the same time, not swaddle her but still hold her to sleep, or let her fall asleep on her own but still swaddled.

Since she was sleeping so well, we thought we'd wait for her to "tell us" when the time was right.  Well, this morning when I went to get her out of her crib, she had turned over on her belly and was trying to wiggle around with no arms (because they were swaddled tight).  I thought it was strange, but didn't think much of it...

But then I went to get her after her morning nap and same story.  That's when I knew she was telling us that it's time to get rid of the swaddle.  And that's when I realized my sleeping until 8:00 was probably over (which means I probably need to start going to bed before 1:00 am).

So...we're going for it tonight!  Please say a prayer for us :)  She is currently NOT swaddled and in her crib attempting to fall asleep on her own.  I don't think I can let her cry for long.  It's only been 4 minutes and I already want to run in there and hold her and tell her I love her. 

I know a lot of you have already formed your opinions or been in similar situations, but tried different things.  Feel free to offer your advice (please do!), but try not to judge.  We're learning as we go and by starting this blog, I'm putting myself out there and think it's important to be honest...even if it means I get criticized once in awhile.

I know it will just take time for us all to get in the new routine.  I don't expect it to happen in one night.

I will post again tomorrow with an update on how our night went :)

Daddy & Kyla before bedtime

And since finishing this post up and proofreading several times (yes, I'm a little OCD about grammatical errors, but fully expect I will still have errors in my blog so feel free to correct me so I don't make them again), I no longer hear her crying.  YES!  It can't be that easy, can it?


  1. It can be that easy! I mean, not that I'm a parent, but I do deal with 8 babies a day! We have a couple who insist on screaming and fighting napping, and for awhile we would hold them and rock them, or let them fall asleep in the bouncer. However, it's getting easier (if you can bear the screaming!) to put them in their cribs and they will fall asleep on their own. But, every baby is different too!

  2. I heard sometimes it works to wean them from the swaddle by leaving just one arm out of the swaddle for a few nights, then both arms, and then take it away completely. So it's not all at once. Maybe that will help?! Although Brielle doesn't sleep worth a darn so I"m probably not much help in the sleep department!


  3. That's funny, Shawna, I heard the same thing from my neighbor who has a 9 month old. Last night I left both arms out and put the swaddle around the rest of her body and she slept 12 hours! I was SO happy! Thanks for the advice :)