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#1 Swarles Barkley

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 03:15 PM

Eliza is 11 weeks old tomorrow and has always preferred to be tightly wrapped. She hates being loosely wrapped and will sook until you rewrap her. She has also preferred to have her hands down or across her body, never up near her face. When she gets her hands up near her face she would shove them in her face and wake herself up.

The last few nights she has been unsettled and fought her wrap overnight to the point it ends up near her feet and she has wriggles up her way up the cot. How do I know when she is ready to be weaned from wrapping?
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 03:55 PM

I stopped wrapping L when every morning he would have his right hand free and up near his face. I think he sucks on his hand a bit during the night to self soothe. I decided to just try not wrapping one night when I knew I had nothing on the next day. If we had a bad night, it didn't matter if I was tired. The first night he slept slightly less (was doing 12 hours and unwrapped did 9) but by the following night he was back to 11 or 12. I stopped wrapping when he was about 4 months old.

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 04:12 PM

It was a nightmare for me until 4 months old when DS lost the startle reflex. He would work his way out of it all the time but if his hands were up near his face they would wake him up, sometimes I had to rewrap him 3-4 times overnight wacko.gif . When he reached 4 months, I did one arm at a time, then legs out. Now he has a safety sleep, which goes across his tummy.
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 05:53 PM

I stopped wrapping my daughter at about 5 months when she started working herself out of them and I started getting worried with her getting them over her face/around her neck.

My son was really strong really early and became a bit of a Houdini, stopped wrapping him when he started getting hands out and then waking up because they were cold. Not sure if you like the idea of a swaddlewrap or not but we got one called love me baby wrap me up swaddle? It's actually a sleeping bag but the arms are held in more tightly by their face. O loves his, it stopped his startle reflex from waking him up but hands are close by to soothe if he wants
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 06:01 PM

I unwrapped my daughter once she started getting out of her wrap a few times a night. She still loved being wrapped and it was a bit of a battle but she was waking up so often I had to do something. It took a while and I opted for the slowly, slowly approach (a few days with one hand unwrapped, then the other hand etc).

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 06:23 PM

QUOTE(stars87 @ Aug 16 2011, 05:53 PM) View Post

Not sure if you like the idea of a swaddlewrap or not but we got one called love me baby wrap me up swaddle? It's actually a sleeping bag but the arms are held in more tightly by their face. O loves his, it stopped his startle reflex from waking him up but hands are close by to soothe if he wants

I brought one whilst pregnant, and was given another two when Eliza arrived, and she hates them with a passion! That is actually how we first discovered she hits herself in the face when her arms are up. We have a Woombie, but she has too much range of motion in it and doesn't like it either - we have to wrap her TIGHT!

Thanks guys. I will keep persevering with it and see how she goes. I might try her with no wrap during day sleeps to see what happens.
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 08:34 PM

Seth started getting both arms out of his wrap as soon as he went in his cot a few weeks ago (he was a bit of a houdini in his cradle but even worse in the cot) so we tried him without a wrap on his third night in the cot. He woke at midnight so I wrapped him back up and he slept till morning. Then on Friday I checked on him at 4amish and the wrap was over his face so we went cold turky from that point on.

I made sure he was warm enough the first night without it and he slept through the night like usual so his night sleeps were unaffected....his daysleeps took about 1.5 - 2 days to get back to normal and I had to go back to my old technique of shusshing and patting his tummy. The day we went cold turkey on the wrap was also his 4 month anniversary.

Seth hated the love me wrap as well and also liked his hands down by his side (even unwrapped his doesn't often have his hands near his face). We tried the Baby Origami, Uber Swaddle and Double Swaddle (without the sleeping bag, Sids Risk). He got out of all them however one of them might be successful for you if she isn't ready to sleep unwrapped.
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 09:04 PM

I weaned both my girls off the wrap at about 3 months old as they started to fight it.

I just let one arm free for day sleeps at first and sucked up a few days of not great sleeping, and then moved on to both arms free with the wrap around their waist.

Good luck with whatever option you go with xo

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 09:27 PM

We double wrapped until M was 6.5 months old.

We stopped as when we were wrapping him he'd just get an arm out while we were trying to get the other one in (watch the youtube video you'll know what I mean tongue.gif )

We did try and ditch the wrap around 3 months (when we were wrapping normally) as we thought he didn't like it.

It was a massive disaster, he didn't sleep at all one day wacko.gif
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 09:35 PM

QUOTE(CookiesandCream @ Aug 16 2011, 08:34 PM) View Post

Seth hated the love me wrap as well and also liked his hands down by his side (even unwrapped his doesn't often have his hands near his face). We tried the Baby Origami, Uber Swaddle and Double Swaddle (without the sleeping bag, Sids Risk). He got out of all them however one of them might be successful for you if she isn't ready to sleep unwrapped.

Oh thank you. I just put her down, but am going to try the uber swaddle tomorrow. My MCHN told me how to do it, but I couldn't remember all of it.


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Posted 16 August 2011 - 09:44 PM

Was just going to say I used the Doublewrap (Baby Origami) until Charlie was 9 month old. He LOVED being wrapped and this one kept him nice and snug a majority of the time. I didn't unwrap until he started rolling whilst wrapped as it obviously became dangerous at that point.
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 09:56 PM

Max was wrapped with a Swaddleme till 6 months.

Zoe was wrapped in a Miracle blanket till 6 months then with one arm out till about 8 months.
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 12:55 PM

Both of my kids were wrapped with muslins (1.2 x 1.2m) and both liked to be wrapped tight...but neither had any problem weaning from the wrap. To the point that I honestly can't even remeber how I did it...pretty sure I went cold turkey both times? I know I started with leaving them unwrapped for the day sleeps and when that went fine, moved to include the night sleep too.

I stopped wrapping when they started rolling when wrapped....for Seamus this was sooner than with Cate. Both were around 5 - 6 months.

I have heard of kids still being wrapped even until they are almost 12 months old...whatever works to ensure sleep (as long as it is safe) wink.gif

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 01:24 PM

We went cold turkey at 4 months when Ben moved from his bassinette to his cot. I think he stayed in his wrap for the first week of being in his cot and then DH said "no more wrap" and that was it. He knows I would have ummed and ahhed over the decision so he just made it quickly and without fuss. It didn't affect Ben's sleep AT ALL.

I don't think there is any right age at which to stop wrapping, it is different for each baby. Having said that I also know a few parents who are convinced their child won't sleep unwrapped so continue wrapping even though said child is fighting the wrap at every sleep. Sometimes I think you need to try things and see how it goes before assuming it won't work (I don't mean you specifically April, I mean the general 'you' laugh.gif ).

Trying a different way of wrapping could definitely work. Ben liked his hands up near his face but I know other babies who like their arms firmly down by their side.
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 05:03 PM

laugh.gif Cole, I knew what you meant. I tried Eliza with no wrap today and she lasted an hour before she cracked it. I think she fell asleep (I put her in her cot and walked out) as the talking stopped, but then she woke up when she did a massive poo. Will keep trying.

The wrapping doesn't bother me, I have worked out how to do it tight enough, but just the fighting it had me wondering. That said last night she didn't fight it at all and her arms were still by her side when I got her up this morning.
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