Thanks for the tips. We currently use the velcro swaddles. But i think i might purchase one of the arms up love to dreams ones. He does stick his hands sttaight in his mouth once he breaks free so he might like it.
I try to stick to the feed play sleep. But with his short naps he starts to snack alot as he isnt hungry when the feed comes around...and then for some reason he is up more that night eating. So i normally have a sleep play sleep somewhere in the day also to space it out again.
I was also going to suggest a love to dream arms up bag. My DS hated being swaddled. For the first few weeks he just slept arms free then I moved him to arms up love to dream and he loved it. Then we slowly did the transition with the one arm at a time out so that both arms were free before he had learnt to roll.
The arms up helped with self soothing cos he liked to rub his hands on his cheeks
Maybe also try changing to sleep, feed, play so he isn't relying on feeding to go to sleep. He may be suffering light reflux or wind which is why he needs the patting and rocking. If you feed when he wakes rather than just before he sleeps it might help.
We took DD to sleep school at 4 months, best thing we ever did. I highly reccomend looking into what is available in your state if you don't have any luck with some of the ideas people have already given you. Good luck
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