My daughter is an odd ball. Yes i know im mean but she is the baby that i didn't believe existed. People would tell me that their children would wake in the car or stroller when they slowed or stopped and i would secretly laugh in my head thinking "NO way... thats impossible." My son... well he never ever did that. He would ALWAYS sleep in the car or stroller. Just not in the crib or when we wanted him to sleep until we trained him of course. Well, i guess i now know first hand. I was foolishly wrong. I now have THAT baby. The one i believed never existed and i apologize for ever secretly laughing. Its tough, especially for an anal sleep training momma like me. I know that when i go out (cause i cannot be captive to my home all day) that theres a 75% chance of a bad nap. If i use my white noise machine i can SOMETIMES get a proper nap out of her - i also get asked a million times whats that noise but quite frankly i dont care as long as she sleeps. Ive tried all my tricks. NO luck. So i forge on.. going out when she wakes from a good nap and knowing that its a long shot that she will sleep on the go. i have to tell you though... it URKS me ... and i hope she changes soon. i need her to be a good on the go sleeper. DS only naps once a day and ive gotten use to being able to go out in the morning, being back for his nap (which is now ALL of our nap time) at 1pm-4pm and then back out at night.
Im a very scheduled person. My iphone is filled with appointments, reminders, playdates, daycare etc. (otherwise the mommy brain forgets) my kids well... they are pretty regimented. Same meal times nap times bedtimes. It works for us. I like knowing whats next. i think they do too.
Anyways. My next dilemma The swaddle. I have always believed a baby needs to be swaddled. I still do. BUT i have never met a child who fights it so fiercely as my DD. i know she s=would love nothing more in the world (besides milk) to be unswaddled. Im deathly afraid of it though. She sleeps so well (until she realizes she cant move her arms) then struggles and fights till she gives up and goes back to sleep. With my DS i kept him swaddled till after we sleep trained him. Then i had to train him again. Ive tried with one arm out and with both out and she flails around like shes doing a dance. Ive tried the woombie and the swaddle me. the swaddle me is tighter and the woombie she gets her little arms out of. I have an internal debate of what to do. I havent figured it out yet. I keep saying "ok next nap im gonna let her be free" then i chicken out and put her in it. AHHHH.... i hate change. Im so scared of it. Mainly cause i know shes doing so well that i dont want to screw it up. Sometimes she just screams because she's confined and fights harder then ive ever seen a child fight (guess i now know what people mean when they say their kids hated to be swaddled... ANOTHER lesson learned!!!!) except i refuse to give it up. (yet)
When did you unsawaddle?
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