Last edited by nh2489; 14-11-2015 at 18:20.
This is a great article re the 4 month sleep regression. Bottom line: if bub starts waking more frequently don't assume bub needs a feed - try and resettle first. Oh - try to ensure the sleep environment is the same throughout the night as it is at bedtime.
Regarding swaddling. Babies lose the startle reflex between 4-6
Months. If an older baby 'needs' swaddling chances are it's because the swaddle has become a comforter. The dangers with having bub use a swaddle as a comforter:
1) It makes it that much harder for bub to attach to a 'more suitable' comforter (one that is portable and suitable for a long time after bub starts Rolling). My bubs didn't really take to their comforted until we stopped swaddling - once their hands were free that's when the love affair started.
2) when bub starts rolling you're screwed. Swaddling a bub who rolls is dangerous.
Last edited by VicPark; 14-11-2015 at 21:59.
Also, why does a baby need to have a comforter of some sort? It was never a goal of mine to get mine attached to any particular kind of comforter...after my first (the swaddled baby) we co-slept...each child transitioned out of our bed of their own accord by 12 months and no comforter was required. Win win
Thanks @VicPark interesting article! I'm lucky in that she won't fall asleep on me, and she doesn't like sleeping in my bed just her cot. She is always awake when she goes in her cot too and the only active thing we do for settling/resettling is pushing the cot (on wheels) and she has white noise on. I try not to push the cot til she's asleep instead stop when she seems calm so she can drift off to sleep. The last 2 nights she has woken her usual twice for a feed. A handful of times she has woken just once which is great but no idea how it happened.
I do think being wrapped is a comfort thing for her. And definitely her sleep cue. Either way getting her out of it now or later is going to be a challenge.
I don't think you need to worry about transitioning bub out from the swaddle. It will happen when they're ready. I asked a midwife when we stop swaddling and she said to stop when the baby told us it was enough, and added that some babies like to be swaddled until 18 months or so, and that you simply use a cot sheet if they do. Does your baby fall asleep in the pram, bouncer, car without being wrapped? If the answer is yes then you really have nothing to worry about (not that you do either way). The day will come when your baby doesn't want to be swaddled anymore...in the mean time 'if it aint broke, don't fix it!'
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