Our babe went from sleeping through the night, she began at 6.5 weeks, to waking every 2-3 hours in one single week. Now I’m on the hunt for identifying what’s going on and figuring out how to help her get back. Her waking may have to do with the cold she and I developed two weeks ago and may have some to do with having outgrown swaddling. We will see. My first step was to return to total silence in the morning to ensure that she gets back on track with her morning naps. My second step is to phase out swaddling in case that is contributing to her night time waking.
About swaddling infants:
Swaddling is great at helping babies feel secure and minimizing the startle reflex. But most babies outgrow the need for it at around four months.
“By about 2 months, your baby will be moving around more in sleep, and swaddling could make her uncomfortable and contribute to night waking,” says Judith Owens, a pediatrician and director of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.
According to mom bloggers around the net, the best way to end swaddling is to slowly phase it out.