Swaddling? - Baby Steps in High Heels

Monday, April 5, 2010


We had a good appointment at the pediatrician last week. Fully clothed, Baby officially weighs just under 12 pounds! She’s still tiny, but this means the formula is working well and she’s trending upwards in weight. Such a relief! The only problem is that, at some point over the weekend, she decided to stop eating. I think she might have finished 2 bottles in the last 3 days. She picks at everything else. Of course, Husband thinks I’m overreacting, but I’m ready to call the doctor again and take her back in … I’m going to reassess tomorrow.

Despite what seems to be a setback, we do have a growing girl on our hands. And, because of this, I need your help! We’ve swaddled Baby since the very beginning. It helps to keep her calm, fall asleep more quickly, and sleep more soundly. Overall, I think it’s a major comfort to her to be wrapped up so tightly. Unfortunately, as she grows and gets strong, she keeps busting out! We do the single swaddle, the double swaddle, the sleep sack swaddle. We have the big blankets, the small ones, the square ones, and the rectangular ones. I thought, ever so briefly, that the sleep sack/swaddle was going to do the trick the other night. However, Baby just seemed to need a night or two to figure that one out. The next thing we knew, she had busted out of that one too. As cute as she is, snoring away with her little hands tucked behind her head, she is definitely more restless.

Any suggestions from the experienced moms out there? Are we destined to just swaddle and re-swaddle … and re-swaddle and re-swaddle … all night long?

Also, I just have to say one more thing … I have an awesome secret! I’m so excited! Although most of you probably won’t care at all, it’s very happy news for my family. As soon as I get the all-clear, I’ll be shouting from the rooftops!


  1. I swaddled my youngest until he was like 8 months. I used a rectangular blanket. I started him down near one end of it and tucked that end around his body, then just sort of rolled the rest around him- or, you could think of it as rolling the baby down the length of the blanket. LOL

  2. We use sleeper blankets - they're like blankets with arms. A Baby Snuggie? But it zips down the front just like a sleeper but with no legs. Clear as mud? It keeps her nice and cozy and she can flail all she wants and never shake loose. Stinky baby.

  3. I'm no help on this, as we stopped swaddling Eli somewhere around 9-10 weeks. He never liked having his arms swaddled, though he did really like his body and legs wrapped up all tight. I have two Swaddle-Me things (with the velcro) if you want them.

    Knock on wood, but he's had this miraculous turn-around as far as going to bed at night. I don't know if I should attribute it to his age or daycare or what... but we're super thankful!

    Also, I can't wait to hear about your secret. Are you quitting your job and becoming a stay-at-home mom?!?

  4. Peanut used to always break out of her swaddle too. Eventually, we just started putting her in those footed PJs (Carter's sells them). That's what she still sleeps in. I think she feels cozy, and seems to enjoy them. And they are very very difficult to get out of!

  5. If she's breaking out of all of the swaddling devices you are trying, she's probably done being swaddled. You could try switching her to a regular Halo sleepsack - that worked really well with my first LO when he started breaking out.

  6. Thanks, y'all. We just ordered a 'woombie', so we'll see how that works. She keeps breaking her arms free, but seems to still like having her body/legs wrapped tightly. Cross your fingers that the woombie works!