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5 week old and sleep

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Timetogrowup2016 Thu 24-Mar-16 15:01:07

My baby is 5 weeks old but is five days old corrected.
The only way she will sleep and stay asleep is like this photo with a blanket wrapped around her. I'm so worried about sids but she won't sleep without not even in my arms or the pram or car seat unless she is wrapped up. Her little arms n legs fly around and she just can't settle not even on me. What do I do?

greenflame Thu 24-Mar-16 18:42:49

Oh she's so gorgeous.
Both of mine wanted to be swaddled and I swaddled them. It was the only way to survive! For our second we got a sleepyhead. That might help things a bit though they are pricey.

greenflame Thu 24-Mar-16 18:45:23

As the weeks go on you can swaddle her a bit more loosely to wean her off it. She's probably not big enough yet for a gro bag but when the time comes there are various swaddle type ones on the market.

LittleBearPad Thu 24-Mar-16 18:47:20

Sounds absolutely fine to me. The startle reflex will go sooner or later and you can swaddle her more loosely by and by. She's very lovely, try not to worry and congratulations thanks

Jw35 Thu 24-Mar-16 18:56:24

Congrats, she's gorgeous! Can't you swap the fleece for a cellular blanket? She likes fine like that though!

Timetogrowup2016 Thu 24-Mar-16 20:55:08

You are right. Swaddling is the only way to survive. I need at least some sleep to be a good mum.
I'd love to co sleep but I am a very heavy sleeper and so is my oh and am scared I would crush her. Swaddling works 9/10 times out of ten although she has been very grizzly this evening bless her. She's zonked out now- fingers crossed. Very pleased oh is home for next four days to help out more- although his great anyway.
She is gorgeous- but then I am biased

OrlandaFuriosa Thu 24-Mar-16 21:30:31

Don't worry. Babies are still swaddled all over the world. She obviously needs that sense of closeness and, as you say, she is really only 5 days.

If she's in a cot next to you, swaddled, or with an alarm next to her if she's in her own room, then you too can sleep.

She's entrancing.

Allnamesaretakenffs Fri 25-Mar-16 12:13:25

Mongolians swaddle their kids until they're a year old. I swaddled my first for the first 5 months until he broke out of it all the time. It's not recommended, but to be honest we do what we can to survive!!

Timetogrowup2016 Fri 25-Mar-16 12:17:41

I certainly could not hold her 24/7 and even then she doesn't sleep on me unless wrapped up. She wakes her self up every five minutes with her body moving around and gets so upset that she can't sleep. It makes for a happy baby which makes for a happy mummy.
Reminds me of restless legs I had in my pregnancy. Bless her.

Can I ask what was it like when you stopped using the swaddle technique?
If I put baby down without one she squirms around and just won't settle. Just wiggles her hold body around and then after five/ten minutes starts crying
Do babies just outgrow the swaddle and make an easy adjustment to not needing it?
I don't cope on less than six hours sleep. I'm lucky I've been getting about 8/9 broken hours with her so far as the swaddle makes her settle but I a, dreading when I need to give it up for safety

Caterina99 Fri 25-Mar-16 19:57:23

I'm in the US. Swaddling is quite big here for newborns. Lots of special blankets etc on the market. We had velcro swaddle blankets for DS when newborn and once he grew out of them he went into a sleepsack swaddle which is a transition product. You gradually loosen the wings and free their arms. About 3-4 months we stopped using the swaddle arms. Some babies love it, some hate it. My friend had some magic sleepsuits that she said was amazing for the transition too.

jbee1979 Mon 28-Mar-16 19:31:15

No advice, just has to say your baby is lovely! So snuggly looking!! 😊

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