Apologies in advance for the long post.
I have a 4mth old DD who had been in the Love to Dream hands up swaddle since newborn. The last two nights I've started working on unswaddling and moving towards a hands free sleeping bag for four reasons:
1. The GP said I should before she rolls and the general consensus is safety first at this age. Also mentally preparing us for her being on her own in the cot ( and her own room ) at 6mths. She's with me in our room now but fast outgrowing the bassinet! I'd feel safer knowing she a hands free and potentially able to roll. ( she's not currently rolling btw )
2. I've noticed that even tho she sleeps well unswaddled in the pram or car she won't at a friends house if out for the arvo unless swaddled. I'm also off back home to the UK at Xmas and will use a portacot when it's cold and will be easier to keep her warm in a thick sleeping bag.
3. I figure it will be harder to unswaddle later when I'm also navigating solids, weaning, back to work, daycare etc.
4. You have to do it sometime right!?
Last night was rocky and she's taken a couple more resettles before going down but is sleeping once down as she was before.
No dummy or comforter toy but she's started sucking her fingers/thumb while falling asleep.
My question is: am I mean for not giving her a comfort replacer and am I setting myself up for a fall later on?
I had a security blanket and sucked my thumb till 14 ( due to unstable household ) so know how hard it is to wean off later.
Not sure if these comforter toys are a gimic and more hassle than they're worth? Will she be OK without one?
I don't want the poor girl feeling stressed with only her thumb!
Thank you for reading this far!