There's always talk about SCHEDULES! as it relates to naps and bedtime and oh believe me, I have a schedule. But nothing solidifies the "SHOOSH AND GO TO SLEEP NOW" message like swaddling to my babies.
With my first, Addie, there weren't really any fancy swaddling products out, there were a few here and there but nothing that really worked, especially on a one year old. I became really good at hog tying her with a couple of receiving blankets and only rarely did she escape. I don't remember how we quit the swaddle with her but I figure not remembering means it obviously wasn't that traumatic for anyone involved.
Enter Vivi, baby number 2. I was so happy she didn't need to be swaddled in the beginning but it became more and more apparent that she needed to be as she got bigger. Around 6 months we switched to Woombies which are ridiculous looking bean shaped sleeping bags for babies. WE LOVE THEM. She can't escape from them or kick them off but she can still move around and nom on her hands if she wants to.
We quit the swaddle cold turkey at the beginning of February and it went just fine, but then we went on vacation in Florida and things got a little tossed around so back in the bag she went (I call it her butterbean, Cody calls it her straightjacket.) Life's continued to be a little bonkers around here so until things slow down she'll be staying in her little bag purely out of comfort and consistency.
Do you still hog tie your babies or are they free to roam about their cribs at night?
Casey Mullins is a writer, photographer and chocolate cake lover living in Indianapolis, IN. She’s an attorney’s wife, mom to a very opinionated seven year old (Addie) as well as a very happy cloth diaper wearing baby girl born in May 2011 (Vivi.) She taps out tales at her own blog, moosh in indy, and more on her baby and big kid over at Babble.