So here we are at nine and a half months, and I think Addy is finally done with being swaddled. Unfortunately that is NOT because she no longer has crazy possessed arms that wake herself up all the time, but because she has rather suddenly decided that she HAAAAAAATES it and would rather thrash and scream until let free than tolerate it for one more day.
Okay, well, we wanted to be done with it anyway, so that's fine, but the fact that she doesn't sleep well without it has me a little worried about this transition period! I know it will be fine EVENTUALLY, but any suggestions on ways to prevent crazy arms/help her settle and stay that way without swaddling or in any other way physically restricting her movements (believe me--she's onto it) would be appreciated.
That said, I did have a last ditch possibly brilliant idea that did seem to work last night, but I'm not resting on my laurels yet because I've definitely been fooled about "success" before...but after she took only tiny naps all day and then woke up TEN MINUTES after going to bed and refused to go back to sleep, even after snuggling on the couch while we finished dinner/our show (usually a total narcotic), I thought well, okay, when we all go to bed in the dark she will take the hint...for the first time ever, NO. In desperation, I finally thought "Hey! What about putting her on her stomach so that her flailing arms and legs won't be quite so free! Worked like a charm. She woke up twice in the night and did a pushup, but I just gave her back her pacifier and patted her back a couple of times and she resettled immediately.
So that's great, and hopefully the answer, but I'm not counting on it until it's worked through several sleeps in a row! Any other suggestions/stories of your own LO's paths to freedom still appreciated! I want as many tricks up my sleeve as I can get--it's hard to be brilliant at 3am.