When I thought about the many challenges I would face once I became a mom, swaddling definitely did not cross my mind. Everything else has seemed to come fairly easy, I'm surprised that of all things, swaddling, actually un-swaddling, seems to be such a struggle for us!
The past two nights of sleep have been far from restful. The first night I tried having Beckett sleep without being swaddled, he woke up after one hour. I then tried keeping him in his sleep sack and swaddling him with a blanket on top. I've always used the blankets with the velcro, but thought using a regular blanket would be good because he could slowly break out of it throughout the night. He woke up four times that night. Last night we began with the regular blanket swaddled over the sleep sack. He woke up six times. SIX times people. In my sleepy state I wasn't thinking straight and rather than giving in and swaddling him after the third time waking up, I was convinced that it would get better and not to give up. Today I am a zombie. It makes me very grateful for a baby that (usually) sleeps well.
I know some of you have mentioned not to stress about it and just continue to swaddle him, but he is almost 5 months. I feel like he will be rolling a lot soon (even though right now he doesn't show much interest), and I do not feel good about having his arms pinned down once he can roll. Also, he is using the largest swaddle blanket with velcro they make, and it's almost too small! It's actually starting to get a hole in it where I have stretched the material too much.
I don't know what to do. I want to just go cold turkey and push through the next few nights, but I don't think it would be safe for me to drive or go to work on such a small amount of sleep. I also don't care to spend the money on one of the many products they make to help transition from swaddling, but I think I might need to since my blanket plan isn't working. They all look so ridiculous to me though. I know you can also just leave one arm out and after a week or so try leaving both out. I think I'm going to take a break for a few nights, catch up on my sleep, and then try again with a different method. If anyone out there has tips I will gladly take them. I'm honestly so surprised that this has been such a challenge! Swaddling.... who knew?