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Mommyish Death Match: To Swaddle Or Not To Swaddle?

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I was informed today in the Mommyish offices that swaddling is like sleep training; you are either adamantly for it or against it. I have to say, the only reason it didn’t happen in my house is because my kids hated it. They screamed bloody murder if they were swaddled and always wiggled their ways out their blankets like little Houdinis.

Today I read an article about how swaddling your baby too tightly can possibly lead to hip problems later in life:

Nicholas Clarke wrote in the British journal Archives of Disease in Childhood: “Traditional swaddling is a risk factor for DDH. In order to allow for healthy hip development, legs should be able to bend up and out at the hips. This position allows for natural development of the hip joints. The babies’ legs should not be tightly wrapped in extension and pressed together.”

I don’t know about you, but my nurses in the hospital wrapped both of my babies so tightly – it was a little alarming at first. But they all insisted that was the way to get a baby to sleep! What the hell did I know? I was just a mom – no a nurse who put babies to sleep all day long. But once I got home, I could never achieve that tight swaddle, mostly because I am really claustrophobic, so the minute either of my children expressed discomfort, I said, “forget it.”  But apparently the nurses death-grip swaddle is NOT the way to go:

“Many babies sleep better when swaddled but this can be achieved by focusing on the top half of the body,” Dr Clarke wrote  in the Archives of Disease in Childhood published by the British Medical Journal.

Australian paediatrician Dr Harriet Hiscock of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute agrees. “Parents who are going to wrap need to learn to do it in a safe way. The baby must be able to fully stretch out their legs. The wrap should be tight at the top and looser at the bottom.”

Both of my children hated swaddling. My own claustrophobia led me to give up on it quickly because the thought of having by body wrapped straight-jacket style makes me break out in a cold sweat. So clearly, when it comes to swaddling – I’m a “no.”

What says you readers – did you swaddle the heck out of your babies? Did you do the loose wrap these doctors recommend? Did you find it helped your baby sleep better?

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80 Comments

  1. sue

    June 23, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    The hospital used the Halo Sleep Sacks and sent one home with us. I didn’t like them but we use the SwaddleMe blankets at home. My baby likes it and that’s all that really matters to me. Even if she’s still awake when we put her down in the crib, she doesn’t make a peep for at least 7 hours which is probably as much as you can expect from a 7 week old . I couldn’t care less who else does or doesn’t swaddle.

    • Katherine Handcock

      June 23, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      7 hours! Your baby is awesome 🙂 That’s great!

    • Cruelty Cupcake

      June 23, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      Agreed! I don’t like the sacks but I live and breathe A+A wraps. I have like 24 and I use them for everything.

  2. Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

    June 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    We were kind of middle-road on it. If our kid would let us, we would, but most of the time they wouldn’t, so…yeah. Didn’t happen around these parts.

  3. Kendra

    June 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Does it make me dysfunctional if I am neither for or against swaddling? I don’t really have any feelings one way or another about it. If it worked, I would’ve been all over it. It didn’t, so it was really just another thing that everyone told me was super important and didn’t pan out. Filed it away with the baby swing and the wipe warmer.

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      June 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      You just pretty much described my entire parenting philosophy. I am neither for nor against anything except for actual physical and emotional abuse. What works all the way. 😉

    • Kendra

      June 23, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      Amen to that! Perhaps we’ve just created the newest trend in parenting styles. I’ll call it the “Keep Your Sanity, Throw Out the Bullshit” method.

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      June 23, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Keep Your Sanity, Throw Out the Bullshit™…has a certain ring to it.

    • Kendra

      June 23, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      It would make for a sweet book title.

    • momjones

      June 23, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      A variation of the “Do Whatever Works – Within Reason” bestseller I need to write but don’t want to.

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      June 23, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      You should. I’d love to know how you raised CMJ. She’s pretty awesome. 😛

    • brebay

      June 24, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      I’m with you, except that I’ll add little girls in tennis shoes with dresses. Can’t explain it, it just makes me want to bite my own face.

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      June 24, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Because it’s pointless! That’s why. I can get behind that. 😉

    • Maria Guido

      June 23, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      I’m totally in the same boat. My feelings would probably be different if my kids actually liked it.

    • Sailor Fruitpunch

      June 23, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      I’m completely with you. At this point, I’m just like, “She’s not out of the womb yet. I don’t know her, so what I do will depend on her personality and what kind of baby she turns out to be.”

    • Kendra

      June 23, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      You are much wiser than pregnant me. I thought I had it all figured out. I was wrong obviously. 🙂 But…I really don’t get people who’ve gone through it before and still insist they know exactly what your baby will and won’t like. “OMG the swing is the best! They will just sit in it for hours!!” Yeah, no. Not my baby anyway. Funny thing about babies….they have individual personalities. Who would’ve thought right?

    • Sailor Fruitpunch

      June 23, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      M’aw, thank you. 😀 It’s mostly because I read a lot of Mommyish and the comments of the parents who have boldly gone before me. Also, my brother and I were two completely different babies. I was mostly content with whatever, but he was colicky and hated everything. At least, I think I was a content baby from the way my mother talks about baby me.

    • Rachel Sea

      June 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      It is amazing how many people believe babies are a tabula rasa. My wife was one until I asked if she believed that she was born without a personality – that changed her mind. She knows she was born opinionated.

    • SunnyD847

      June 23, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      That’s how I feel. I am a firm believer in “whatever works for you” parenting.

    • Andrea

      June 23, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      I didn’t think this was so controversial either. I thought it was like everything else: some babies love it and some don’t. Mine did for a while so i did it and it worked, after a while they liked to freer so I stopped. *shrug*

    • K.

      June 23, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      I did it because he looked super cute.

      Totes didn’t care about health. I’m that shallow.

    • Harriet Meadow

      June 23, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      Yeah I had no idea this was a hot-button issue. We swaddled our son, but after the first month we used those sleep sacks that keep the legs free. Some people I know had kids who didn’t respond as well to swaddling. Eh. Whatever.

    • brebay

      June 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      For real, this is like stuffed bear vs. stuffed bunny shit.

  4. Katherine Handcock

    June 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I need a “none of the above”! My kids wanted their legs wrapped loosely (they could generally kick their way loose with a little work) but their arms free. I do understand for kids with a significant startle reflex it’s a lifesaver, but neither of mine had such a dramatic reflex that I couldn’t get them to stay asleep.

    • SunnyD847

      June 23, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      Me too! I know I did the baby burrito thing for a little while, maybe a month or so, but not consistently. I didn’t love it, hate it, or fear it. It just petered out.

  5. Boozy Shark Lee

    June 23, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    We used the SwaddleMe swaddles for a little bit. It seemed like forever but in reality was probably only 2 or 3 months. Then the boy wanted his arms and I didn’t really see the point of using them anymore.

  6. raeronola

    June 23, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    We were swaddle addicts until just shy of 6 months. But I had a colicky fit-monster on my hands, so the 5 s’s were my savior. Believe me, every month I found myself googling “still swaddling at x months…” I was terrified of the transition but it wash’t as bad as I thought it would be.

    • Cruelty Cupcake

      June 23, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      I swaddled my first son until he was like 7-8 months old, he loved it so much. I was also terrified that he would never sleep without it, but it ended up being fine once he was ready.

    • wispy

      June 23, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      ME TOO. It went on forever. Thank God for that 5 S’s book because it saved our lives.

    • ToninaMDC

      June 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      My son was like that too. We basically didn’t sleep until my bleary-eyed husband randomly picked up a copy of “The Happiest Baby on the Block” during a late-night pharmacy run about a month in. Before that, I didn’t really know much about swaddling. Once we started swaddling him, he slept well at night. It doesn’t work for every kid, but for those who like it, the effects are amazing.

  7. Cruelty Cupcake

    June 23, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I don’t understand how anyone could be “anti-swaddle,” that is so ridiculous. Both of my babies have loved the swaddle and it makes sense. Infants aren’t in control of their jerky ass limb movements–the Moro reflex makes their arms fly up and smack them in the face all the time, of course they sleep better when they aren’t hitting themselves all night long. In the womb they were contained so it wasn’t an issue, swaddling is a great way to help them transition (if the baby is comforted by it, obv).

    But yeah, never wrap up their legs. I don’t even know why you would do this.

    • Kendra

      June 23, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      I can only imagine people who are anti-swaddle are those who believe “if it didn’t work for me, it doesn’t work for anyone”. That’s literally the only thing I can come up with to semi-explain the decision to be “anti-swaddle”.

    • Lilly

      June 23, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      I think it isn’t so much general parents being anti-swaddle as seeing/reading the studies (like the one above) showing there are potential issues with it and then chastising parents for still choosing to swaddle. Similar to those that are aghast people still sue the bumbo — cuz recalls etc.

    • Kendra

      June 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      That’s a good point. I got a lot of flack for choosing to use the breathable bumpers, even after they came out saying you shouldn’t use any bumper. I knew the risks and read on it, and made a decision. Other people just choose to assume people are uneducated and careless.

    • LiLi

      June 23, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Once I transition the nugget to his crib I plan on using a breathable bumper. I get why pad bumpers or pillow like bumpers can cause problems, but even the AAP has no studies that the breathable mesh ones are unsafe.

    • Cruelty Cupcake

      June 23, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      I’ve just never heard of anyone wrapping up a baby’s legs, which is all this study is talking about. I guess you have to be smarter than the piece of cotton, lol.

    • Lilly

      June 23, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      The way I was shown at the hospital did have the blanket fairly tight around the baby’s hips and upper legs — I had a velcro sleep sack with wrap type thing but since my little guy hated both options I can’t really speak to actually using one.
      I just find a lot of parenting things are all “this is great” until one study comes out that says “done in this way it is dangerous” and then there are many parents that feel the need to educate the masses (even if they are educated and then make a risk assessment and choose to continue with contensious item or activity). I think this is just one more thing to add to that list.

  8. chickadee

    June 23, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    It was too much trouble, and my girls hated it anyway. Who wants to try to get the swaddle right at 3 am?

  9. LadyClodia the Modest Rat

    June 23, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I used the Halo swaddler sleep sack, so it really did only swaddle their upper bodies, and my older son didn’t mind it, but my younger son hated it and always wiggled his little arms out, so I stopped even trying with him. But even then, I don’t think I used it any longer than a month or two with my older son because by that time he had grown out of it.

  10. Sara610

    June 23, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    We swaddled our girl when she was a newborn–we used a Miracle Blanket, which we loved but she got too long to wrap her legs right around 3 months. We just used the top half to wrap her arms. She also slept in her car seat next to the bed, and then graduated to the swing, before we finally transitioned her to the crib full-time at four months.

    In terms of being “for” or “against” swaddling, meh. It worked for us, great. It doesn’t work for you, I couldn’t care less. Frankly, I think this whole thing with being “for” or “against” other people’s parenting decisions, unless they’re actually abusing their kids, is pretty weird. You do you and let everyone else handle their own sh*t, and don’t butt your nose in unless they ask you for advice.

  11. SA

    June 23, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    How can anyone be for or against swaddling – the baby will pretty much let you know if it is working or not! Swaddling was the best thing ever until it wasn’t. We used one of the velcro swaddlers so it was easy. Calmed kid down, kept her little arms from flailing, then at about 6 weeks she decided she couldn’t stand it anymore so we stopped.

  12. Rachel Sea

    June 23, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Swaddling helps prevent a startle reflex, so you only have to do their arms snug to keep them relaxed and sleeping. I’ve known babies who loved it, and babies who hated it. Not every baby seems to have enjoyed being crammed so tightly in a uterus that they could barely move.

    • Wicked Prophet Kay Sue

      June 23, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      My younger son was the worst about swaddling. I wonder sometimes if being a huge baby while in utero had anything to do with it. He just wanted to be able to stretch.

  13. RW

    June 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    The way that I was taught to swaddle was putting the focus on the most snug part being securing the arms and upper body. The base of the blanket would just be flipped up and secured into the wrap so that it couldn’t be kicked off.

    I swear by swaddling, especially with the Aden and Anais-type cotton muslin blankets where you can get a ideal snug wrap that’s breathable, to the point where I order them in bulk to give out as baby shower gifts.

  14. BW2

    June 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Dr Harvey Karp (Happiest Baby on the Block) addressed this risk on Babycenter a while back, as he is a huge advocate of swaddling.
    http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/ban-on-swaddling-a-bad-idea-coming-to-your-town/

    I swaddled both of my kids until they were 3 months old and they loved it. After that, they need their hands for comfort. A friend told me there was a SIDS risk with overheating and since it was summer and we do not have the best air conditioning, this really scared me (but I still did it).

  15. LiLi

    June 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    The whole point of swaddling is that most newborns move their arms around like they are an octopus on meth and will smack themselves awake if given the chance, so if you’re binding the legs tightly enough for hip problems you are doing it wrong. My little nugget would fuss and eventually Houdini his way out of his SwaddleMe and Miracle Blanket, but he also takes 2 hour solid naps in his swaddler and never woke up more than 2x during the night. Now he’s 3mo and sleeps from 8PM to 5:30AM and giggles when we put him in his miracle blanket.

    Of course that’s my experience, YMMV. I tried it because I ready Dr. Karp and was about to go mad due to lack of sleep at first. It worked for me and I would suggest it to anyone struggling with sleep but I wouldn’t judge anyone for not doing it. I tried it and it worked. But my mom was virulently against it, she kept forwarding articles about hip injury (it’s impossible to bind the hips in the SwaddleMes and Miracle Blanket) and kept saying that he’ll never learn how to use his arms. She still says that as he pushes his paci back into his mouth if it falls on his chest and grabs onto his rattle, so I guess some people just want to be right.

    • Melissa

      June 23, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      LOL “octopus on meth” is the best description of an unswaddled newborn I have ever heard!

  16. wispy

    June 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    My second child insisted on being swaddled until she was like 13 months old. Seriously. I thought we were going to have to graduate to a twin size bedsheet swaddle blanket before too long.

  17. Kristen

    June 23, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I only have one child. We used the swaddle-me blankets so it wasn’t too tight. I didn’t see swaddling as a philosophical thing, more as a “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” thing. The nurses swaddled her, she liked it, we kept doing it until she learned how to escape 🙂
    If we have another child, I’d see if he/she liked it and move forward accordingly.

  18. Angela

    June 23, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    We swaddled both our kids until they were about 6 months because it was the only way we could get them to stay asleep for more than a few minutes. But OMG my MIL was soooooo opposed. We heard about it for YEARS, long after the kids had outgrown swaddling. When our son was a picky eater due to his sensory issues, it was because of swaddling. When he was a cranky toddler who threw epic sized tantrums on vacation, it all traces back to swaddling according to her. If they don’t get into a top college I’m sure it will be related to swaddling.

    • Rachel Sea

      June 23, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Go home MIL, you are drunk.

    • Alex Lee

      June 23, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      “Judgy Anti-Swaddling Princeton Mom”

      couldn’t resist.

    • K.

      June 23, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      I’m sorry you have to deal wtih that, but it’s soooo hilarious at the same time.

      Although…you know HItler was swaddled, right?

  19. Abby

    June 23, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    We swaddled him at first, but after about the second day home, he was constantly finding a way to kick off the blankets and flail his arms about. Lately, he sleeps with his hands up above his head just like his dad, and I figure as long as he’s comfortable, we’re all fine.

  20. Sailor Fruitpunch

    June 23, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    For me and Mr. Fruitpunch, this is one of those things we don’t have an opinion on until we actually try it and that would require her actually being here. She may love the swaddle, she may hate it, she may refuse to sleep unless she’s lying next to me clutching my eyeballs in her beefy little hands. I get wanting to be cautious with baby legs, but I think condemning something because of possible issues when used improperly is very silly.

  21. UterineDudebroWhoLikesOlives

    June 23, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    My son would not sleep in a crib. That kid would be sound asleep in my arms, but as soon as I laid him down in the crib he was all “WAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!” Our hospital handed out dozens of swaddling instructions with a regular blanket, but no dice. For nearly three months we took turns sleeping with the boy in a recliner. It was the only way we could get any kind of sleep.

    Then someone suggested the Kiddopotamous swaddlers, and BOOM. Kid started sleeping like a dream in his crib. It worked so well that we scared to discontinue it until he was well over a year. My husband and I used to joke that the boy would be in college and calling us, crying, to come and swaddle him.

  22. Tiffany

    June 23, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    My son would not sleep without being swaddled. I mean, he’d fall asleep for 2-3 minutes at a time and then wake up in a panic. I’d get a good 3 hours if I swaddled him, so I did, at the suggestion of my pediatrician, until he was 4 months old and decided he was over it. He’s 4 now and perfectly healthy. My daughter hated it, so I didn’t with her. I think it depends on the baby. If you know your baby is miserable and swaddling is the only thing that helps, I think you’ll probably do it, as long as it’s done properly.

  23. Liz

    June 23, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I swaddle at night, but really only because I like it cold in the bedroom but don’t want her to be cold! I leave her arms out though because she pulls them out anyway.

  24. Melissa

    June 23, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Glad to see the discussion is not a death match so far!
    Pro-swaddler here for sure, as long as baby doesn’t hate it. I swaddled my first daughter really tightly because she was colicky and a straight jacket-esque swaddle was the only way to get her to relax and go to sleep. My husband definitely was skeptical, but I swear swaddling was the only thing that saved our sanity through those colicky couple of months and allowed all three of us to get some sweet, sweet sleep. Best swaddle blankets for me were the really big, soft muslin ones. None of the fancy swaddler contraptions with tabs and velcro ever worked right for us. I stopped swaddling when she was about four months old–at that point it seemed to upset her more than calm her down, plus that was also right about the time we started seeing reports all over talk shows and the news about hip problems and swaddling. Now I swaddle my one month-old, but she doesn’t need it as much since she’s a much mellower baby, and I make sure to leave her legs wrapped loosely.

    • brebay

      June 24, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      Wish I would have read this 12 years ago. God, I thought he would never outgrow colic! He screamed whenever I tried to swaddle, maybe I should have waited it out.

    • Melissa

      June 24, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      Colic is the worst! We went through about 4 months of it. My daughter fought swaddling at first, but she’d always calm down within a few minutes if I also rocked her. Persevering with the swaddle was so worth it.

  25. jendra_berri

    June 23, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    My baby was all about the swaddle. He was totally addicted. Started sleeping huge stretches at 8 weeks, all thanks to the swaddle. We were in love with that thing. First we used SwaddleMe, then eventually transitioned to a sleep sack by five months.
    He just really liked being snug. Hell, he spent practically his first month wrapped in that thing, happy as a clam.

  26. Véronique the Attachment Shark

    June 23, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    GAWD this is, like, the most BORING controversy-starting conversation EVER. Can’t someone at least PRETEND to be anti-swaddler and give someone some shit??

    • Stephanie

      June 23, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      We were told by the hospital staff NOT to swaddle because it hinders the startle reflex, therefore increasing the risk of SIDS.

      Of that’s not controversial I don’t know what is.

    • shel

      June 24, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Really? As a pediatrician, I’ve never come across a study like that. Our hospital now uses the halo sleep sacks which have the wings for swaddling the upper body. They work great.
      I also feel like even the tight swaddle with a blanket ends up with more leg room, since most babies keep their legs bent already… so unless you are forcing their legs straight before you wrap, it’s going to achieve the tight swaddle while leaving the legs able to move.

    • brebay

      June 24, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      For true.

  27. K.

    June 23, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Swaddling is a hot-button issue?

    Man, all I see now are two factions going at it, Dr. Seuss’ “Butter Battle Book”-style. Maybe because “swaddle” is kind of a funny word.

    WE’RE ALL FOR ONE FOR SWADDLING!
    DOWN WITH SWADDLING!
    STOP TALKING SHIT ABOUT MY SWADDLE OR I’LL BUST YOUR FACE!
    YEAH? COME CLOSER AND I’LL CHOKE YOU WITH THAT SWADDLE!

    Next we’re going to take on racecar vs. dino pajamas.

  28. stacy

    June 23, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Swaddle sacks were the way to go. They only swaddled the arms and not the legs. They were amazing and we just transitioned out of them a few weeks ago.

    • brebay

      June 24, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      This sounds adorable for some reason.

  29. Mama of 4

    June 23, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    I swaddle my daughters upper body but leave her legs loose, but I didn’t swaddle my son. The only reason I’m doing things differently is because my girl likes being swaddled, and my boy hated it. I had a couple of swaddle sacks that I LOVED but little miss is tall and has outgrown them already 🙁

  30. Meg

    June 23, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    What about sleep sacks at 3? That’s just weird to me, lol! I mean whatever works, but it looks so strange to see a kid that old in a potato sack, when he can jump out of the crib!

  31. NoMissCleo...JustMe

    June 24, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I don’t think it would have mattered whether we swaddled or not – girlfriend was a terrible sleeper, with or without the swaddle.

  32. Stephanie

    June 24, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    All babies hate being swaddled at first which is why you have to stick with it. Everyone needs to watch “Happiest Baby on the Block.” There are tons of special swaddling blankets on the market that make it possible for parents to do it in a way that baby can’t get out. I can’t picture how you’d be able to do it in a way that could impair their hips. Their hips and legs are free to move in the ones I used. It was a lifesaver for the entire family. It wasn’t just me and my husband who were well rested, the babies were, too, which made a world of difference for them.

    • brebay

      June 24, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      or you could just not keep doing something they hate…

    • Stephanie

      June 24, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Which would result in none of us, including the baby, getting any rest. They fuss for a few minute then fall asleep and stay asleep much, much longer.

    • brebay

      June 24, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Grrr. That’s what everyone’s saying. My kid didn’t sleep through the night for 18 MONTHS! I wish I would have heard about this sooner! I tried a few times, made him scream louder, never thought about waiting to see.

    • Stephanie

      June 24, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      I never would have known that either without watching the “Happiest Baby on the Block” dvd! I did the exact same thing as you then a friend made me watch it. The doc on the video said it’s normal for them to cry and to pair the swaddling with other techniques of his (shushing/white noise, rocking/bouncing, turning on their side, etc…) and it finally worked! My son went from sleeping in 20-40min. increments to sleeping 2-4 hours at a time. Without that video, though, I never would have tried again. It feels totally counter intuitive and wrong to keep trying when it makes him cry (and if it had made him cry for a really long time I would have stopped). Maybe if you ever have another child you can try it then!

    • brebay

      June 24, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      Oh, my baby-making days are over, but maybe I can try it on my future grandkids, and my future daughters-in-law will think I’m magical!

    • Stephanie

      June 25, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      That would be awesome! You could say, “Step back, amateurs, and let me handle this” then go in to the nursery with the baby, get him to sleep right away, and emerge minutes later to stunned silence.

  33. brebay

    June 24, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    My son would not even use a blanket until he was about three. So weird. In the winter I used to have to put him in sweats and a turtle-neck then a blanket sleeper. (as a toddler, I know over-heating infants is a no-go.) He’s 11 now, and does let me wrap him like a taco; I’ll enjoy that while it lasts.

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