Swaddled No More

RIP swaddling! You helped us survive the first three months and I will miss you! For the past few weeks after swaddling Samantha and Amelia in their Aden + Anais muslin blankets before bed, I’ve woken up to them thrashing around, trying desperately to free their extremities. Sometimes they will have unswaddled their legs in the night as well, which makes their little legs and feet cold. It was time to transition to something else, so for the past few nights, we’ve beta tested these little “sleep sacks.”



Samantha pretending to be asleep. She’ll appear to have her eyes closed until the minute I walk away, at which point they shoot open.


                                                      Pictures THIS early in the morning?

I have no idea why in the world a sleeveless piece of fabric with a zipper costs $21.99, but the girls seem to stay warm enough in these and like the extra room it gives their arms and legs. If these little sleeping bags could somehow make them start sleeping more than four hours at a time at night, that would be a miracle, and I would dedicate the rest of my life to promoting sleep sacks. I’ve already thought of the title of the book I could write: From Insomnia to Sanity: The Sleep Sack Solution. So far that hasn’t happened. The longest the girls have ever slept was an 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., which, besides their birth, was the best day of my life. They’ve done a few five-hour shifts sporadically here and there, but most of the time it’s an 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., to 4:30 a.m. to 7 or 7:30 a.m. If the girls stayed up later in the night, that would probably eliminate one of the night feedings by default, but the problem is they are so fussy in the evening hours that we usually bathe and put them to bed as early as possible. Dilemmas!

Will this face make up for me partying all night, Mom?

Now that the girls have transitioned out of swaddling, their next big milestone will be moving out of their bassinet and into their crib in the nursery. I have a feeling I am going to have a harder time transitioning to that than they are!

Lots of love,


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