Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Swaddles and Swings: Mommy Lesson #1!

So, I have come to learn that when it comes to techniques to dealing with a crying baby, I am way to quick to give up on all of our baby goodies! The first couple of weeks, we had a routine, and Tim and I thought we had the easiest baby ever... little did I know that doctors refer to the first two weeks as the "Baby Honeymoon Period". As in, they DO mostly sleep and eat. We just thought we were lucky!

Well, week three hit and so did the infamous "3 Week Growth Spurt". Nothing seemed to work. The swing was a tool used to make him cry rather than lull him to sleep, and the swaddle was a torture device. Once we got him quiet and would try one of these tools to hopefully prolong the nap, he would scream until he was hoarse and mommy would pretty much be in tears because he seemed to be in pain.

I was really quick to write off these items as useful tools in our arsenal. Seriously, my mom asked me about his swing and would immediately say, "Nope, he hates his swing now... swaddle? No way." This past weekend, Tim was home and after I fed him one morning, I gave him Hunter and went to recharge my batteries in the shower. I came out and Hunter was almost asleep.... SWADDLED and IN his SWING! I was shocked! I knew that swaddling would help, but the time before the comfort set in he would fight that thing so much! 

Here he is all swaddled and in his pack and play:

Since then, he has been swaddled and in his swing for each nap and bedtime, and he has been giving us a few hour to hour and a half naps everyday, and for the past two nights he has slept in a four and a half hour chunk followed by a three to three and a half hour chunk. I am worried about the day when we want to transition him to his non-swinging crib, but I am sure that will be a different mommy lesson, haha!    

In the future, we will definitely be retrying things that previously were thought to be a bust!

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  1. Yay! It's great to find things that work, isn't it? And yes... we are constantly trying and retrying things too... ALL THE TIME! He looks so sweet swaddled in his portacrib.

    1. Awww, thanks! Yes, I can't believe I was totally ready to pack up the swing!

  2. I love this! This is a great tip for a mommy to be (like me) that I will for sure keep in mind!