Monday, September 15, 2008

Swaddling: Cruel and unusual or a parent's salvation?

Despite the objections of some of our 6 readers, we have swaddled Mac since he came home from the hospital. We were told that it seemed mean and torturous.
However, Mac started sleeping through the night by 6 or 7 weeks old and it was hard to argue with those results. After all, "If it ain't broke..."

We knew that we could not swaddle him forever: I mean, they don't make wraps big enough for 10 year olds. Plus, that might make sleep-overs awkward.
So, we have been trying to decide the best way to wean him off of swaddling. Without any great ideas, we pressed onward.

Well, about a week ago, Mac "politely" refused to be swaddled one night. We decided to let him have a chance at freedom and figured we would have to get up in the middle of the night.
Much to our surprise, he slept straight through until morning and has been free from the bondage of swaddling ever since.

Here is a picture of him napping sans swaddle.


Aub-Margret said...

I really hope the "mean and torturous" was an exaggeration. We COULDN't swaddle Fuller, cause he always got out of it, even at a few weeks. Part of it was we sucked at swaddling 101 (getting one of those "swaddling for dummies" blankets for the next kidlet). But I agree, if it ain't broke, don't fix it! He looks really huge in that picture. Glad he is such a good sleeper.

Cousin Alicia for

S-G said...

Swaddling was a God-send for us with Genevieve. The first night we swaddled her she slept for 6 hours straight! We stopped when she started to break out of the swaddle as soon as we laid her down (I think she was trying to tell us something.)He is huge and looks so peaceful.

Bobbie said...

Mac is growing so fast!!!
We miss not being close to you folks, so we could spoil him!!!!
Love to all
Granddaddy John, Mema Bobbie