DS is nearly 6mths and used to be a fantastic self settler. I'd put him in his Wrap Me Up swaddle and within 5mins he'd be asleep without any help from me usually.
These past few weeks, I've been transitioning from the wrap to a normal sleeping bag as he's starting to roll. I've finally got him sleeping with his arms out and he even sleeps past the first sleep cycle on his own now which is great.
HOWEVER it's now taking me forever to get him to sleep initially every time I put him down.
I've tried leaving him but after 45mins he still isn't asleep and then ends up over tired & grumpy. I am now forced to rock him to sleep, which can take anywhere from 5-20mins. I'm concerned this is now going to become a sleep association which has to be done for every sleep.
Is this normal when going through a transition? Any advice on how to get my good self settler back pronto?
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27-02-2012 15:46 #1
Self settling gone with wrap - pls help
27-02-2012 17:45 #2
Have you thought about trying sleepy wings? I've never used them but they might help if he needs his arms semi-restricted to self-settle.
27-02-2012 19:17 #3
Thanks - I've never heard of them! Would it still be safe if he rolled over with them on though? The reason I've removed the wrap is so he doesn't get stuck on his face if that makes sense.
28-02-2012 09:17 #4
When I was transitioning from wrap to sleeping bag (DD had started to roll), I would put her in the sleeping bag then lay her on her wrap in the cot and wrap just her arms. Then, when she was asleep I would unwrap her arms. I eventually wrapped her looser and looser until it was just lying over her, like a sheet.
We still have the wrap, it's like a security blanket she sucks on to get herself to sleep.
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06-03-2012 21:10 #5
07-03-2012 15:49 #6
Hi, We had the same thing with DS a few weeks ago when we went cold turkey from wrapping to sleeping bag. There were a few bad days, so I feel you pain, but thankfully he is now back to self settling and is actually sleeping longer than before.:-)
I found that him being sleepy and really calm before being put down really helped as he felt ready for sleep. We also follow the same routine every time to put him down. So, now we do this: walk quietly to bedroom, say bye bye to baby in the mirror, bye bye to sunshine when I close the blind, put on relaxation cd, put on sleeping bag, pick up and have a cuddle. To start with I cuddled until just about asleep and then put him down earlier and earlier each time. Now we just cuddle for a few minutes and usually he goes down ok.
Hope there is something in there that might help you.
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