I am having a tough time deciding if we should continue to swaddle Jonah at night. We swaddled DS1 until he was 6-months old, but he really needed it. When we swaddled him he immediately calmed down, w/o it his arms would flail around and upset him.
Jonah is definitely a different baby. He seems to be able to self-soothe better, doesn't need the paci to fall asleep and his hands don't flail around much anymore.
DH thinks we should swaddle but I'm on the fence. We usually swaddle him right before putting him down at night (not during the day) and no matter how asleep he is, he becomes wide awake and starts to grunt and fight to get his hands out & then we need to spend time getting him to fall back a sleep. Sometimes I hear him all night in his crib grunting and fighting it. It breaks my heart to see him grunt and fight instead of sleep soundly. But w/it he seems to stay asleep longer.
Last night I put him in a sleep sack and put him to bed once he already fell asleep and he slept very calm, however he woke up after 4-hours. But he was super hungry, so I think he would have anyway if swaddled. Trying to get him to go back to sleep was tough. He fussed and wiggled for about an hour and only slept for 2-hours and only ate for a minute or two before falling back asleep. Not sure if it was because he wasn't swaddled??? He was very wiggly.
Any thoughts? Does everyone swaddle at this stage or do only some babies need it?