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Oh the Woes of Baby Sleep…

wolf unswaddled

The one time Wolf slept unswaddled for more than 10 minutes.

At just three months old, Wolf is somewhat of a social butterfly. He thrives on attention. I feel like since nighttime means he’ll be asleep for awhile, he fights falling asleep because he doesn’t want to miss out on anything.  And lately, putting him down at night has seemed like a real challenge. During the day, nap time is a toss up but putting him down for the night has become almost impossible.

Here’s a little look into our nighttime routine.

First of all, he can’t sleep unswaddled, so we sing songs and make little noises while swaddling Wolf to distract him.  But as soon as he’s snug in the swaddle, he fights it like a straight jacket and gets all sweaty and bothered.  Then he cries and grunts and oh it’s so sad. Next we try every trick in the book to settle him down: rocking, swaying, sucking, bobbling, singing and even ignoring him. All of the above work for settling him down, but none seem to help him fall asleep.  After about 2 or 3 failed attempts at putting him down, he finally falls asleep.

What worries me the most is that he’s developing a dependance on us rocking, swaying, etc. and he’s not developing the skill to self soothe.  I have a really hard time even thinking about the “cry it out” method. It just seem so sad. But I’m beginning to wonder if that’ll be the only way he’ll learn to fall asleep on his own.

What do you think about night time sleep?  Got any miracle solution?

Re-examining sleep training: Does the cry-it-out method work?

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