That is the question.
About 15 weeks ago, I discovered my saving grace in the book The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp. Through the 5 “S’s” technique, Cadence has consistently slept through the night since she was four weeks old. It has worked. It has worked well. Until now.
She is stronger and far squirmier (yes, this is a word) now, and for the last few nights I (or Jason) have been up several times a night to reswaddle after our little Hercules breaks out of her swaddle. So now the swaddle seems far less perfect than before. I was getting a whole nights sleep. I’m talking 7+ hours without interruption here.
I can’t complain a whole lot. I know there are still 4 month olds out there who need nighttime feedings. We aren’t doing that. We just get up, reswaddle, maybe rock a little bit, and we’re back in bed. Plus, it doesn’t take long to get her to sleep in the first place. If I could swaddle her until she goes to college, I would. Jason tells me that is frowned upon, so we’re going to have to do this sooner or later.
So here are my options:
A) Immediately stop the swaddle. I’m sure it will be rough for a few nights, but eventually she’ll get back into her sleeping routine. Right?
B) Swaddle with 2 blankets. This is what several friends have suggested. It seems like a good fix. Or am I just prolonging the inevitable?
I guess I’ll let you know what we decided (and how it went tomorrow). Wish us luck!