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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

On Sleeping

One thing's for sure: there hasn't been much of it in the Baum house the last few nights. I swear, just when I think I've got the little stinker figured out he changes things up on me.

Remember how I mentioned that when I went back to work C decided to stop sleeping through the night?  After a little over a month of sleeping through until 6 or 6:30 am, he decided to start waking up at 4 or 4:30. I fed him and put him back down and the whole process took 10 minutes or less, but by that time in the morning my body had gotten enough sleep that I was having trouble getting back to sleep and therefore exhausted. True, waking up once overnight is not bad at all, but C had slept all the way through multiple times before so I knew he could do it!  He was genuinely hungry, though, so I chalked it up to a growth spurt and added a dream feed.  And it worked!  

..for about a week. Then he started breaking out of the miracle blanket. Homeboy LOVES being swaddled.  With Lilly, we loved the Summer Infant Swaddle Me swaddles, but C was too big and strong for those from day one so we switched to the baby straight jacket (also known as the miracle blanket). It has worked wonders except now Craft is getting too long for it, so he kicks his feet out and then somehow manages to get his arms out and wakes up as a result. I tried to outsmart him by putting a sleep sack overtop of the miracle blanket to see if that kept his feet from getting out, and that worked, too...

...for about two days. SIGH. 

Seriously?!  How did he manage not only to get his arms out of the internal swaddle, but then get them out of the correct holes in the sleep sack, too...multiple times?!?!?!  He's so proud of himself, too. 

We also tried the aden + anais swaddle with the snaps and I had high hopes but it was a disaster. 

SO. Now we're back to square one, but something has got to give because the past two nights C has been up hollering at 12, 2, 4, and 6 and I've been so tired the past two days that I could cry. Usually I have just gone in and put his paci in until 6 when I feed him but it's still exhausting!  

I wish they made a bigger miracle blanket, but alas they don't. I don't think Craft is ready to come out of the swaddle just yet, but I also am ready for him to get back to sleeping.  If I train him to sleep without it, I want it to be on a weekend and we won't  be here for the next two so I am desperate here. Does anyone have any ideas to get me through the next two weeks until we can sleep train? I posted in a local mom group and several folks recommended the woombie. I remembered that lucky for me, Jen gave me an old one of hers so we're trying it tonight. 

So far, so good but the night is still young. So, I'm open to suggestions. Help me out, friends!


  1. I would highly recommend hiring the baby whisperer (aka. Carney) to spend the night and sleep train Craft for you. ;-) Although, she might not be into that idea… it's worth a shot though.

    1. OMG hilarious! I texted her that, she is going to laugh. I know that I am going to have to sleep train but have been trying to just get through when session is over for Dan so that he can be semi rested while he's so busy. To complicate matters, last night he started rolling over on his stomach in the woombie which scares me to death so I am thinking we're going to have to go ahead and sleep train and not wait the few weeks I was hoping to wait! Pray for me!

  2. This sounds crazy, but put him in the miracle blanket for his arms and leave his feet out. Then, use an aden & anais gauze blanket as a wrap around and either tie a loose knot in the middle of his chest or just a regular swaddle. Works WONDERS!

  3. I was also going to suggest the Woombie. We haven't tried that one yet, but I've heard good things about it. We used the fleece Halo swaddles with the velcro and they seemed to work great for us. They have to be fleece and you have to wrap them really tight, but it worked. The cotton ones with the velcro strips did not work b/c they wouldn't let us get them tight enough. The fleece is great b/c you can use the velcro anywhere on it (does any of this make sense?). Good luck, mama! I'm sure I'll be coming to you for sleep and swaddling advice soon!

    1. I think that is our problem with the Summer Infant sleep sacks - they're cotton and they don't get tight enough and he breaks out easily. I haven't tried the fleece sleep sacks but I'm hesitant because he gets so hot so easily and gets REALLY pissed off about it. However, I'm betting if I swaddled him in just a diaper it would be OK. He has done pretty well in the woombie except last night he rolled over in it and was face down. He has good head control but it still made me nervous. I really just need for him to get through the next few weeks, and after that when we're actually home on a weekend we're gonna just bite the bullet and sleep train. I am hoping that since he is able to move his arms a little more in the woombie it will make the transition out of the swaddle easier. Pray for us! :-)


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