This girl, y'all. This picture sums up our sleep shenanigans involving Cheney. Look at that sass. We're in trouble.
I was so excited to when Cheney fell in love with the swaddle. Our boys both hated having their arms pinned down & it bummed me out in the sleep department. Cheney was obsessed with the miracle blanket until she outgrew it at 3 months. It was glorious because she slept so good with it. But, on the other hand, WE HAVE CREATED A MONSTER.
We tried to use a regular sleep sack after she got too long for the miracle blanket (which truly is a miracle, by the way) and that was a disaster. Her arms flapped around like a bird and it just wasn't good.
I scrambled to find a bigger size of the halo swaddle & thankfully that worked for a little while.
Let me also point out, that at this point Cheney was over 3 months old & still sleeping in the Rock 'n Play in her room. We kept trying (and trying and trying and trying) to get that baby in her crib but she just would not have it. SO, there we were. Growing baby, still swaddled, in a small Rock 'n Play.
See, the Halo Swaddle was all good until she started swatting her arms like crazy and escaping. She would wake up with hands up all by her face. So, alas, it was time to retire the beloved swaddle.
My cousin, Robyn, was nice enough to mail me her Merlin's Magic Sleep Suit. MAGIC? Sounds awesome, right?! Well, the Magic suit is this fluffy suit that is supposed to help with the startle reflex that wakes babies up. You remember, the flapping bird arms. This is what it looks like:
I have bad news. This suit was not magic for us. However, it looks AMAZINGLY hilarious. Cheney looks like a Michelin baby & sometimes I make her wear it just so I can laugh for a minute. We tried the princess in her crib wearing the Merlin suit & she woke up within 10 minutes. She proceeded to wake up every 10 minutes until I finally said, "swaddle her & put her back in the Rock 'n Play immediately!!!"
One night around midnight I was desperate for some sleep and I went online and spent $46 on a Zippadee Zip. It's a really cheaply made sleep sack that helps with the transition from swaddle to regular sleep sack. I say it's really cheaply made because it's made in China, is paper thin, and it is FORTY SIX DOLLARS.
Of course our baby girl is OBSESSED. She looks like a mermaid baby wearing it which is pretty awesome.
I should add that she is now 6 months old and still in the Rock 'n Play. At this point I am not even sure why we own a crib. I'm pretty sure she will just move straight to a full size bed.
This baby is spoiled rotten and I'm okay with that. Surely, at some point, I will sleep through the night again regularly. Sometimes she will surprise us and give us an 11 hour stretch but most nights I spend some time rocking her at some point. I seem to have gotten a little looser as far as sleep training goes with each child. I just am not ready for her to fully cry it out yet. I asked a mom of 5 boys at church if she was the same way with each new baby. She said yes, but she called it wisdom. So maybe I am just getting wiser? I would prefer to think that instead of thinking that I am creating bad sleep habits!
One day Cheney will sleep in her crib all night long. It probably won't happen anytime soon, but we will get there! She definitely keeps us on our toes!