Monday, February 11, 2008

Moody blues. . .

Our son has developed 3 basic moods:
  1. Happy, content, smiling baby boy. He plays, he laughs, he kicks a lot. This mood can most often be found after eating (for about an hour and a half), on the changing pad (for some odd reason he loves being changed), and ALWAYS in the bathtub.

  2. "OMG I'm hungry! Feed me now! Feed me now! Feed me NOW!"

  3. Sleepy. But not calm drowsy sleepy like the Dwarf. No, it's "I'm sleepy, but if I go to sleep I may miss something important." So he cries and we hold him and walk him around to calm him down. Then the second we sit down he starts crying again. He can't stand us being comfortable while he's fighting off sleep. I guess maybe he thinks if we're sitting it'll make him sleep and he doesn't want to sleep.

On the other sleeping front, he's now getting really annoyed by being swaddled, but he won't sleep if he isn't unswaddled. I think they are related. He knows he'll sleep if he's all wrapped up so he doesn't want to be wrapped up. I think this week I need to start weaning him off of the swaddling. I tried wrapping him once with one arm out. After I finished he stared at me like I was nuts. He looked like someone in traction with one good arm sticking out.

So this brings up one last thing. Everything I read says "don't put anything in the crib other than the baby." Some places say a light blanket too. Common sense would tell me to only put said blanket on his legs. . . actually it would really tell me that, though possible, him smothering on a light blanket is unlikely, but "they" say he could. My gut tells me that, once I wean him off of swaddling, I should put a blanket over his whole body and before he falls asleep it'll be thrown off of him (he likes to kick and wave his arms). Since the advice has been flowing in a bit more lately please pass some more my way.

6 comments:

Our family is complete said...

We are having this very same problem. Peyton will kick and scream when we swaddle him because he doesn't like to be tied down anymore, but he can't sleep more then 30 min without it. Then I wake up numerous times having to re-swaddle him again. I did't have this problem with Carter because he loved being swaddled so much. We tried the one arm out too and even put a sock on his hand so he wouldn't scratch himself, but it was a no go. I think we will just have to quit cold turkey.

As for covering him up. They have these things that are called sleep sacks. They go over your baby like a sleeper but just have arm holes and cover the rest of their body. They make them in fleece and lightweight materials. We have some for Peyton and when we quit swaddeling him will use these. That way you don't worry about a blanket possibly going over his head. I know babies r us sells them and I am sure Target and most chain stores sell them as well. They keep them nice and warm like the swaddle. Just not as tight and snug.

HTH.

Amy

Our family is complete said...

Here is a link to the sleep sacks....https://www.halosleep.com/products/detail/?product_id=14

Carrie said...

Thankfully we did not have this problem with Ella, as she did not like to be swaddled. However, to resolve the blanket issue, we used sleep sacks - they work wonderfully. I would not put a blanket in the crib with him until he is a lot older - we waited almost a year.

Amy said...

I was gonna suggest the sleep sack also...

Janice said...

We have the same three moods with Bryce. He is definately weird about going to sleep before everyone else. I guess he is afraid he will miss something as well.

~ Joe ♥ said...

I put Savannahs blanket below her waist, she likes to turn to the side and wiggle but the blanket never gets over her face...