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Your Questions About Baby Swaddle Sack

Jenny asks…

A question for all the mothers of infants?

What things do you have for the baby that you couldn’t possibly live without?
What items to do have that are completely useless and you couldn’t imagine why you got them?

I’m adding items to my registry for my ‘surprise’ baby shower (I know its happening, but have no idea when..or where) and want to make sure I covered everything.

Feel free to tell me about toys your baby loves, etc.
I need to make sure I have it all =)
I’m due in 4 1/2 weeks!

Thanks!

Pilar Estefana answers:

Couldn’t live without(and *= really nice to have):
teething rings,
wubbanub paci
moby wrap
40 x 40 swaddle blanket
sleep sacks
teething tabs
gripe water
johnson and johnson bedtime bath and lotion
baby tub
hooded towels and rags*
graco luvin hug swing
medela breast pump
boppy seat
boppy pillow*
bright stars toys (that drop from play time mat)
tummy time mat with above toys*
huggies natural diapers, or cloth
cloth wipes for new born
destin diaper rash cream
playtex dropins bottles for after 3 weeks or vent aire (if bottles)
happiest baby on block dvd

crap I thought I needed and never used
– high chair
– stroller (she hates it) maybe later but def not anytime soon
– bases for car seats, they dont fit right in my car, so i wind up strapping her in and she goes with me everywhere…no need for multiples
– pack and play
– more than one moby wrap
– lots of blankets
– ultimate crib sheet
– fancy bed linens for crib
– any dresses at all for her
– any coats for a baby
– papasan cradle swing- unstable and she outgrew it too fast, the other swing was life saver first 3 months
– fisher price chair that is sort of like boppy chair
– fisher price infant to toddler rocker
– ETA: angel care monitor- nice if your baby actually sleeps in a crib- which mine barely does now at 23weeks. If i had a do over i would get the video monitor.
I will update as i think of others, but bottom line, wait to meet your baby!

Linda asks…

How can I help my 8 week old to sleep more soundly?

He is only sleeping 1.5 hours at a time & the sleep he does get is not sound. He wakes easily & is fussy becuase of this lack of sleep.

Pilar Estefana answers:

I don’t have a perfect answer, but here are some things I would try:

1) Have you ruled out any medical issue (like an ear infection) that might be making him uncomfortable? If not, I’d do that if you have any reason to suspect there might be something going on.

2) Is he eating enough at one feeding session or is he snacking? Is he waking up hungry? If he’s being breast fed, are you sure that he’s sucking well and draining at least one breast at each feeding? I assume he’s gaining weight adequately, giving you lots of wet diapers, etc that indicate good eating. If he’s getting forumla, have you tried offering him another .5-1 ounce at a feeding?

3) Have you tried using a sleep sack? Our daughter started sleeping much better when we started using one of these. She didn’t like being swaddled about this age and would get restless and kick out of her blankets, but then get cold and wake up.

4) Or, perhaps he still needs to be swaddled. Some babies need that longer than others. You might try a swadding sleep sack if he’s an escape artist.

5) Babies are really noisy, somewhat restless sleepers by nature. Be sure that you aren’t going in too soon and not giving him a chance to naturally go back to sleep. I don’t mean letting him cry it out or get too awake, but sometimes they make noises and go back to sleep. If you intervene too soon, they’ll either get stimultated by interacting with you and want to stay up, or they don’t learn to go back to sleep on their own. You, as a parent, can tell this difference between “I’m getting upset here….” and just general sounds your baby make. Try to intervene before he really gets upset but if he’s just cooing, let him just be quiet for a few minutes. He may go back to sleep on his own.

6) When you comfort him, try not to talk to him much. Our daughter is really social and talking would just wake her up.

7) Maybe put him in his crib (if he’ll do it) for some “relaxing time” with a mobile or a safe toy and see if he falls asleep on his own. Our daughter has to have naps sneak up on her and this sometimes works well.

8) I really liked the book “The No Cry Sleep Solution.” It was really helpful to me. She has lots of great ideas for assessing what is going on and what to try. You might also try “The Happiest Baby on the Block.” My pediatrician recommended the DVD over the book because he said the book is too much for any parent of a newborn to get through and the DVD is the “cliffnotes” version of it.

I have to say that our daughter still doesn’t take long naps – about an hour to an hour and a half – and usually will only nap in her bouncer or car seat. HOWEVER, at night she sleeps like a champ (10 hours starting at 12 weeks) and I think that helps make up for her shorter naps during the day. Hang in there. It may also be partly developmental and it may change in about a month.

Maria asks…

How can I help my 8 week old to sleep more soundly?

He is only sleeping 1.5 hours at a time & the sleep he does get is not sound. He wakes easily & is fussy becuase of this lack of sleep.

Pilar Estefana answers:

I don’t have a perfect answer, but here are some things I would try:

1) Have you ruled out any medical issue (like an ear infection) that might be making him uncomfortable? If not, I’d do that if you have any reason to suspect there might be something going on.

2) Is he eating enough at one feeding session or is he snacking? Is he waking up hungry? If he’s being breast fed, are you sure that he’s sucking well and draining at least one breast at each feeding? I assume he’s gaining weight adequately, giving you lots of wet diapers, etc that indicate good eating. If he’s getting forumla, have you tried offering him another .5-1 ounce at a feeding?

3) Have you tried using a sleep sack? Our daughter started sleeping much better when we started using one of these. She didn’t like being swaddled about this age and would get restless and kick out of her blankets, but then get cold and wake up.

4) Or, perhaps he still needs to be swaddled. Some babies need that longer than others. You might try a swadding sleep sack if he’s an escape artist.

5) Babies are really noisy, somewhat restless sleepers by nature. Be sure that you aren’t going in too soon and not giving him a chance to naturally go back to sleep. I don’t mean letting him cry it out or get too awake, but sometimes they make noises and go back to sleep. If you intervene too soon, they’ll either get stimultated by interacting with you and want to stay up, or they don’t learn to go back to sleep on their own. You, as a parent, can tell this difference between “I’m getting upset here….” and just general sounds your baby make. Try to intervene before he really gets upset but if he’s just cooing, let him just be quiet for a few minutes. He may go back to sleep on his own.

6) When you comfort him, try not to talk to him much. Our daughter is really social and talking would just wake her up.

7) Maybe put him in his crib (if he’ll do it) for some “relaxing time” with a mobile or a safe toy and see if he falls asleep on his own. Our daughter has to have naps sneak up on her and this sometimes works well.

8) I really liked the book “The No Cry Sleep Solution.” It was really helpful to me. She has lots of great ideas for assessing what is going on and what to try. You might also try “The Happiest Baby on the Block.” My pediatrician recommended the DVD over the book because he said the book is too much for any parent of a newborn to get through and the DVD is the “cliffnotes” version of it.

I have to say that our daughter still doesn’t take long naps – about an hour to an hour and a half – and usually will only nap in her bouncer or car seat. HOWEVER, at night she sleeps like a champ (10 hours starting at 12 weeks) and I think that helps make up for her shorter naps during the day. Hang in there. It may also be partly developmental and it may change in about a month.

Ken asks…

If you swaddled your baby, how or when did you stop swaddling?

Our daughter is 6 months and one week and still has to be swaddled tight with arms straight at her sides or she won’t stay asleep.

Pilar Estefana answers:

My son is 5 months old and we JUST stopped swaddling. He was doing the same thing, if he managed to get an arm out he’d wake up and have to be re-swaddled and it was driving me crazy but he couldn’t sleep with out it. So the past few weeks we’ve been slowly transitioning to sleeping with out it. For each stage give it about 3 days before moving to the next. If you have a sleep sack you can put her in the sleep sack with her arms inside the sack instead of in the sleeves, and this is an easy transition to not being swaddled because she will be able to move her arms a little. If she still struggles with it, you can gradually loosen the swaddle. Or try taking one arm out for a few nights. Start it during naps only, then move to adding the changes at night.

Charles asks…

How many and what kind of blankets does your newborn need?

I just want to make sure he’s comfortable, and not too hot and not too cold.
No blanket? so then what did she use? did you just dress her warm?

Pilar Estefana answers:

I found flannel blankets to be the best. I swaddled my son, but kept his arms out, because he didn’t like them wrapped, and I liked the idea of him being able to use his hands if needed. I had about 8 of them – they were all made by my mother in law who worked at a fabric store. Flannel is warm, but not too heavy. I would put a onsie and a sleeper on my son when it was cold, and then swaddle him. When it got a bit warmer, just a sleeper, and then just a onsie. I found that fleece blankets were way too warm, and didn’t let his skin breathe.

I also had a few wool blankets made (knitted) by my mom – but he uses those as a toddler, I found they were far too warm for him to be wrapped in. He’s a little furnace, just like my husband.

My SIL didn’t swaddle with blankets, she used fleece sleepers with onsies underneath. If it got really cold, she would add socks.

Some people use sleep-sacks. They let the arms and head out – and you just put them in a light sleeper or onsie. My son didn’t like them, so I got rid of it, but some babies LOVE them.

The way to check if they’re too warm is to feel the back of their neck and if it’s wet or hot, they are too hot. It’s better to dress them slightly cooler and then add extra clothing or swaddle them than to dress them too warm. You’ll figure out what works for your baby – and some are just naturally warm all the time, like my son!

LOOSE blankets on your baby are what people are concerned about – not when they are swaddled and the blankets are loose and able to somehow cover your child’s face. If you swaddle them correctly, then the blanket will not get loose and cover your child’s face. If you find your child likes to roll in their sleep, then stop using a blanket until they’re older and just dress them warmly.

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