more on sleep

Thanks so much for the sleep suggestions and also for the sympathy. We do swaddle Baby Genius, and this, I believe is the only reason he (and consequently, we) gets any sleep at all. Otherwise his roaming hands and wild feet would wake him up instantly. That said, we’re convinced he must be Houdini reincarnated, for given the time, this boy can escape even the tightest of swaddles. We often awake to hear him grunting only to look over and find him wriggling his shoulders until he can bust a hand loose. There is a very specific grunt associated with the swaddle break, and despite our frustration with his unwillingness to sleep, we find his escape artist ways to be very cute. I think we’re going to start trying the special swaddler wraps again to see if they’ll confine him (I can see his eyes glinting at the new challenge already). Before, these things would just result in wild kicking, but his sleep kicking seems to have subsided some.

On the pacifier front, we just can’t get him to take one on his own. For him, pacifiers are a social habit, much like smoking can be. If Mama (J) holds it for him and talks to him, he’ll take it, but the moment she tries to walk away, he spits it out. He won’t take it from me at all. We have these old school natural rubber pacifiers that we use, and I thought maybe they were too big or heavy, so I got some run-of-the-mill silicone pacifiers, but he completely refuses those. The kid prefers his either social sucking on the old school paci or just his fist or his arm (he occasionally even gives himself hickies)–or better yet, Mama’s finger–if he must be pacified at all.

I have even tried putting him down for naps in his crib this week, and even when he seems to be in the soundest of sleeps, he’ll awaken just moments after I leave the room.

I fear that he may just not be much of a sleeper, and that would be okay if he didn’t get so cranky about it. But it is entirey possible that he’s going through another growth spurt and that this is a temporary strike. Only time will tell.


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7 responses to “more on sleep

  1. You might also try the half-swaddle, just legs in, arms free. He may be working on a new skill (getting his arms free) and just want to work on it all the time rather than sleep! Leaving them free to start might just help!

  2. I happen to have an alternate swaddling technique… we call it The Hungarian. (Because only a very small bodybuilder could escape from it.) It involve two swaddle blankets, one that does the work of immoblizing their arms, the other that does the traditional wrapping part. If you’re interested in instructions (and a weird diagram), let me know. I know it sounds a little extreme, but it soothed our Kiddo like nothing else when she was teensy. No idea if it will work with our next, but I’m certainly hoping it does.

    Good luck!

  3. Amy

    sounds familiar. our son wont take any paci except ma.m, this is what he was introduced to at the hospital…not sure if that is why or not. anyhow, he is not a paci lover. he takes it at bedtime but only if he is half asleep. As far as napping, he needs a lot but hates them. if he is not at home (at grammy’s house) you can forget sleep. I think this is because he is so particular about everything. for naps we found that getting his to sleep as soon as he starts to show signs of being tired (thanks strawberry from 1 in vermillion!). We will swaddle, give paci, hold until almost out, place in swing and wait it out. he too is great at breaking out of swaddle but it is harder for him in the swing. At night we deal with him breaking out of swaddle three to four times. usually we put him down the first time and turn on the moble. he watches it while getting out all his kicking and thrashing. after it is finished we re-swaddle, offer paci and then he is usually out for about 5 hrs. do you have any of the hospital blankets? those are the only ones big enough to do the trick for us…beside the velcro ones.

  4. We routinely had to do a double swaddle when we were swaddling Miles, or else he’d break loose. We used stretchy light jersey material to keep him from overheating and pulled as tightly as possible. Here’s hoping this is a growth spurt and passes soon!

  5. we had to take like a 2 week swaddle break to lull W into a false sense of swaddle free life and then we came at him with all sorts of modified swaddles. What worked for him (eventually!) was just swaddling the arms and putting him in a swing and playing a sound machine or LOUD static (from a radio or tv)

    W was also not really into a pacifier for ages. It wasn’t until he started teething (which was a VERY early 3 months) that he became interested and I really think it was because it was the only thing that helped his gums. We couldn’t survive without a pacifier leash.


  6. lyn

    No wisdom. Just empathy. Hang in there.

  7. Heather

    Have you tried the Soothie pacifiers? They’re the best for breastfeeding babes. Maybe Baby Genius just isn’t a pacifier kind of guy (my son would only take our pinkies or the boob), but it might be worth a try. My daughter who’s now five weeks old is digging the Soothies, though they do fall out of her mouth often. Still, it’s amazing to experience the peace a pacifier can provide when you’ve tried everything else. 🙂

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