Here is what we are dealing with:
Eli goes to bed around 8pm, quite peacefully (usually). We swaddle him, and lay him in his crib. If he isn’t dreary eyed yet, I turn on the mobile. Usually, this is all we have to do. He sleeps until about 11 or midnight
Then, he ‘wakes up’. When I go in to check on him, his eyes aren’t even open, but he is whining and rocking back and forth, trying to break out of his swaddle (if he hasn’t already). If he has broken out of his swaddle, he has rolled over to his stomach, and is Mad! So, we roll him over, re-wrap him (which is not easy, when he is irritated), and he goes back to sleep. For about an hour….if we’re lucky.
Repeat this process once an hour until 4am when I nurse him. I have stopped nursing him through the night but usually either need to pump or nurse him by about 4 and honestly, it is just easier to nurse him. Then re-wrap and he might sleep for another 2-3 hours.
My questions for you are:
1. How did swaddling work for you? I probably need a new method or special blanket or something…any suggestions?
2. I would like to avoid going in to his room every time he wakes up, but when he rolls over, I feel like I have to….because he’s not supposed to sleep on his stomach yet. Thoughts?
3. Help! Any other suggestions will be greatly appreciated (and over-analyzed) until I figure this thing out!