I'm happy to say we've been done with the swaddle at night for one solid week!!!!
I had such anxiety about getting rid of it because there had been several nights where she had broken out of it and cried until she was tied back up.
But last week was a rough week around here.
Not going to lie, I was depressed, frustrated, felt hopeless about being a good Mom-- all because Shelby was fussy all the time and waking up at night again.
I asked myself, 'what is wrong with her??'.
--Could it be that we started solids and they aren't agreeing with her?
--Is she not getting enough food?
--Is she just tired and fighting her sleep? It seemed that way because she was avoiding naps.
I talked to friends and her nursery school and they all said it's because I was still swaddling.
(keep in mind Shelby naps at school in a crib without swaddle or sleep sack and sleeps on her tummy. This has been going on for weeks.)
I emailed many of you and asked advice on signs they're done and how they went about the transition.
Finally, I just went for it last Thursday.
Brad was NOT a fan of me doing it on a work night but my gut told me it was time.
Well, guess what???
Girlfriend was all over the place!
She always starts out the night with her hands up.
Around midnight or 1am she rolls to her side and sucks her thumb.
I'm thinking she is indeed a thumb sucker.
Upsets me because as I've said before I was a thumb sucker until 8 and wore braces for years because of it.
Then eventually she rolls to the other side or her tummy.
It just depends.
We are keeping her in a sleep sack at night because her room gets chilly and there's not a lot we can do about it.
She's able to roll her in sack.
As for Shelby's demeanor since ridding of the swaddle??
A million times better!
Sleeping through the night again!
Napping in her crib for hours during the day!
and smiling all the time again!
Makes Mommy and Daddy HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you have any questions about ridding of the swaddle let me know.
My advice is -- there's never a good time to rid of it.
JUST DO IT!