Before Téo was born, I knew one thing for certain: I would follow Dr. Karp’s 5 S’s. For those of you that aren’t familiar (Happiest Baby on the Block):
- Side/stomach position
While still in the hospital, the nurses taught us how to swaddle the baby using a blanket…easy peasy! Yea right, Téo quickly learned to break out of the blanket swaddle (I’d say this happened around day 4). Not to mention he quickly became too long for most of the blankets we were using. Enter the Zen Swaddle. We absolutely loved it! The little weighted birdie really provided comfort for Téo and the Velcro allowed for a tight squeeze that we knew wouldn’t come undone. BUT once again our “little” guy outgrew it (around 6 weeks), of course it says the product is good for babies up to 29″ but Téo would wiggle his legs up and down and kick the bottom portion out and then slowly wiggle his arms out of the top portion so he only had his body semi-covered and the weights doing him no good.
Next up: The Miracle Blanket. We were given this blanket/swaddle as a hand me down and we have LOVED IT. No it doesn’t have Velcro and yes it’s a lot of fabric but we can wrap Téo tightly with it and he loves it. He smiles when Scott swaddles him. In fact, Scott is really the only one that can get the swaddle just right so he’s in charge of this nightly step. I think it’s become a sort of game for the two of them. Téo gets to roll around the bed while Scott talks to him and wraps him up nice ‘n snug. We still use it (4 months & 18 days). Although like all good things, it is slowly coming to an end. It is still long enough, although we do have nights when we find Téo with his legs free. We’ve just noticed that Téo no longer wants the swaddle. Ahhh, he is growing up!
Transition period: maybe it’s been for my sake or maybe Téo really has needed it. We started leaving one arm free from the swaddle last week. My in-laws were in town so Téo has been sleeping in the pack ‘n play in our room (probably a post for another day) plus he’s been going through his 4 month sleep regression so I didn’t really notice any extra disturbance in his sleep with one arm free. However with everything going on I still feel it is time to let him loose. Last night we did no arms in the swaddle and Téo slept great. He was also in his crib and the 4 month leap is probably over but we had a great night. Hopefully I’m not jinxing it but I think we are nearing the end of the swaddle. Perfect timing since Summer is just around the corner and if Téo is anything like me, he’ll be a little sauna in the middle of the night.