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#1 Ice Queen

Posted 03 May 2012 - 10:45 PM

DS is 5 mths this week (soooo cute, such a lovely age).  So he has been wrapped since birth for sleeping but I am sick of it.  Just one more thing to do, my DH is hopeless at it so I always have to put him to bed, getting harder to keep him contained etc etc

Soooo when did you stop or are you still doing it?  How long until bubs got used to it?  Extra night waking?  

Currently DS sleeps 730pm right through to 530/6am, hence why i am hesitant to make changes.....I love my sleep.

#2 Wyn99

Posted 03 May 2012 - 10:49 PM

Wow what are your sleeping tricks? DS is 6 months and wakes 3 times a night at least. I stopped wrapping at about 3 months, and he would somehow work his hands out anyway. He's in a sleeping bag now and loves to suck his thumb to get to sleep.  Could you try a 'looser' wrap, or leaving one arm out perhaps?

#3 Lokum

Posted 03 May 2012 - 10:51 PM

Keep wrapping, and teach your DH to do it properly.

We wrapped until 10 or 11 months. He was a great sleeper generally, but he needed his arms under control.

Eventually we went somewhere it was really hot, too hot even for the cot sheet we were using. It was after a long flight and he was shattered,,, so we skipped the wrap.... and he just did OK after that.

We toyed with ditching it a few times, but it would take him too long to get to sleep, he'd wake himself up, he'd get overtired blah blah, so we just kept wrapping.

A good sleeper is not to be messed with, IMO.

#4 Ice Queen

Posted 03 May 2012 - 10:55 PM

Yes, i suppose I could start by leaving one arm out and see if it affects his sleep.

Ha ha ha no real tricks....tight wrapping maybe
Lazy babies, my DD slept all night too.  They both just did it on their own from about 4 or 5 weeks. DH and I are the best sleepers ever and we always joked that if 2 genetics were going to make sleeping babies, ours would and guess what....sleeping babies!

#5 Fossy

Posted 03 May 2012 - 11:05 PM

We wrap DS in a woombie, it works brilliantly.  Could you try switching to something like that? It just zips up, nice and tight, and perfectly husband-proof!

#6 Gen71

Posted 03 May 2012 - 11:15 PM

Oh I'm sorry, just go away!!
Two kids who slept through from 4-5 weeks!!! Are you trying to be cruel. Don't torture me with stories like that. I think you should get rid of the wrap cold turkey & suffer just so you know how the rest of us feel!!
(can't half tell how sleep deprived I am, 10 years & counting!)

No seriously, 4-5 months is a good time. You should definately get rid of it before your baby can roll, which realistically could be any time soon.

Now I'm going to bed, so I can get nice & comfy before my 2yr old wakes again!!

#7 Ice Queen

Posted 03 May 2012 - 11:28 PM

I'm sorry Tessa.....i do always say that i dont really belong in the true mother club as i have never had the prolonged sleep deprivation.  If it makes you feel any better my 3yo is driving me MAD at the moment.

Woombie....thanks....good idea, i never even thought of that.  My DH is just so bad at wrapping, also he thinks it is mean.....'dont do it so tight he says'.......'well you get up to him moron!!!'. Even he could cope with a zip!  rolleyes.gif

#8 Fossy

Posted 03 May 2012 - 11:35 PM

Yep DH was crap at wrapping so I'd always have to get up and re-wrap! You can get woombies with snaps on the arms so you can open them and let their arms out to transition them out of wrapping.


#9 stardust81

Posted 04 May 2012 - 05:01 AM

I stopped wrapping DS1 at about 4.5 months. It had become very difficult as I kept escaping, but I was dreading how hard it was going to be with his hands flying around (they kept knocking out the dummy!). It took one week of interrrupted sleep (hard to settle during the day but no problems at night) and after that he slept even better than before!
DS2 is now 3.5 months and I will probably stop around the same time as I dont want to keep the association for too long in case it is harder to break!

#10 Madnesscraves

Posted 04 May 2012 - 05:34 AM

I'd get The love to dream transition wrap. You can keep them fully zipped up at night for sleeps but one arm out and one I. During the day.

That way you transition without too much drama

#11 causeway

Posted 04 May 2012 - 06:24 AM

DD is almost 6 months and we are now using Ergo Cocoon. They are great. Easy to use and quick drying. I have 4. DD gets a new one every 24 hours. Check out www.aomebaby.com.au - they have 20% off at the moment.

#12 Juju38

Posted 04 May 2012 - 08:41 AM

We stopped at 5.5 months.  I was so worried as we have a brilliant sleeper too, but it was just getting too hot to keep putting him in his 'wrap me up' suit.

I decided to just go cold turkey and straight into sleeping bags and our DS didn't miss a beat.  Slept his usual 6.30pm to 5.30am, first night out of the wrap suit, just as he has done since 8 weeks.

Give it a try, you might be surprised!

#13 kelbelblue

Posted 04 May 2012 - 08:55 AM

My daughter is only 12 weeks but a week ago started constantly escaping her wraps. Someone had given me a pumpkin patch sleeping bag which I put her in but she couldn't sleep with her arms waving around. I tried to buy one of those zippy wrap things but the local shop didn't have her size in stock
SO...
I have some large plastic clips that you put on bags to keep things fresh (bad explanation, sorry) so for a couple of nights I left her arms in the sleeping bag and clipped the arm holes closed, for her days sleeps I left one arm out, then in the end I left them both out and she is super happy.
So glad I din't spend the extra money now original.gif

#14 eachschoolholidays

Posted 04 May 2012 - 09:03 AM

Don't do it!!!!!

It could be coincidence but.... DS was sleeping 7.30 - 5 at about the same age and I stopped wrapping him.  He stopped sleeping through the night  sad.gif   I tried rewrapping him about a week later, but alas my sleeping boy had gone...

#15 Mumski11

Posted 04 May 2012 - 09:20 AM

we wrapped with muslins until 3 months then swapped to the love to wrap me up's with the zipper. DD was a sleeper too (sorry!) from 6 weeks doing 6+ hours then from 13 weeks anything from 10-12 hours.

we transitioned her from the wrap me up at 5.5 months, just before christmas as she started to roll and couldn't get back over and would scream until we went into her room to roll her back over. So we got some sleepy wings and popped her in a sleeping bag then a couple of weeks later put socks on her hands, this was enough to stop her talking to them for hours and hours and hours lol.

then she started pulling the socks off with her mouth a week or 2 later so we stopped.

at 9 months she started commando crawling and got her first tooth and her sleep has gone to the dogs, waking up to 4 times a night and wanting a feed at 2 of the wakings.  Last night only once after midnight yippeee! original.gif but she was awake at 6am instead of 7 boo!

A friend said she wrapped her bubs when they were learning to crawl as if they stir they want to perform their new skill, when ever that is.  Anyone else find this?  Contemplating rewrapping her, she's under 10kg so could still fit into a wrap me up or her sleepy wings.

#16 PurpleChicken

Posted 04 May 2012 - 11:16 AM

QUOTE (Juju38 @ 04/05/2012, 08:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We stopped at 5.5 months.  I was so worried as we have a brilliant sleeper too, but it was just getting too hot to keep putting him in his 'wrap me up' suit.

I decided to just go cold turkey and straight into sleeping bags and our DS didn't miss a beat.  Slept his usual 6.30pm to 5.30am, first night out of the wrap suit, just as he has done since 8 weeks.

Give it a try, you might be surprised!



Ditto ^^^

I was really worried about her sleeping too but she didn't miss a beat.  I then used the sleeping bags through till not long after her 1st b'day when she grew out of the ones I had.

#17 Bluenomi

Posted 04 May 2012 - 11:23 AM

I wrapped DD until 15 months. She was in a Love To Dream so I just popped her in and zipped it up. When I did wean her off it we did it really slowly over a month so we didn't mess up her sleep (she didn't give it up willingly!)

#18 Mamabug

Posted 04 May 2012 - 11:28 AM

I've got an 8mo who is still firmly wrapped at bedtime, or she flaps about and can't settle.

I have a 3.5 year old who is still wrapped when she isn't feeling well as it comforts her!!! She was wrapped nightly until she was 2 - one arm in, one out.

Mumski11 - all of mine were "sleep crawlers". There were a few weeks of banged heads and crying, but all settled down again after the 'new' wore off the skill! I expect this bub will go through it when she gets up and moving.

#19 3Graces

Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:25 PM

Like many of the other ladies my baby loved the love to dream suits. They were fantastic. When he was ready to be free of them he would sleep with one arm out during the day and I popped a sock over his hand and a few days later he slept with both arms out. I then put him in a grobag and then took off the socks after a week or so.


http://www.lovetodream.com.au/

Edited by Monrad, 04 May 2012 - 12:30 PM.


#20 premmie_29weeks

Posted 04 May 2012 - 03:11 PM

You'll need to stop once they can roll which should be pretty soon original.gif We did it cold turkey and there was no realy change in his sleeping. Our main issue was he could roll onto his tummy but not back again, so I kept him between safe n sound "bumpers" until he could go both ways which took about a month from memory.

#21 PurpleNess

Posted 04 May 2012 - 03:25 PM

I stopped wrapping once DS can roll over, at around 4 months, he sleeps fine now in a long onsie (mittens) and a sleeping bag.

#22 Ice Queen

Posted 06 May 2012 - 04:50 PM

So i just thought I would post an update and thank everyone for their input and advice.

Soooo i made a half hearted attempt to put DS to bed with no wrap, could not even get close to settling him and I just decided I didnt have it in me to make the transition.  We have had a crazy 2 mths with an interstate move, sleep regression at 4mths which after a lot of hard work I got him back sleeping and DD who has turned into a monster in the last 2 weeks and takes up all my energy.  I decided i could not function with sleepless nights soooooo wrapped him up and off to sleep!

Next day googled until i found nearby stockits of the Ergo Cocoon (1st choice due to price and the buttons on the arms to transition) and a Woombie.  Couldnt get the Ergo in the size I needed but found a Woombie and he slept in it last night.  Initially a bit longer to settle due to position of arms but down by 8pm, grizzle at 930pm and then slept right through to 5am.  Yah!  Sooooo easy.  Love it and he looks so cute in it.  So thanks everyone.  I will probably only use it for a short while and do the transition soon but for now we are all happy, $40 well spent.  biggrin.gif

#23 Taffatups

Posted 07 May 2012 - 03:12 PM

I used the ergo transition wrap. One week with one arm out - day and night and then one week with both arms out but still the snugness of the "wrap" and now DD sleeps in a sleeping bag. She did knock her dummy out but then again she was doing that anyway! She was around 4 months and I weaned her because she was getting too small for the wraps and I knew I would need to be doing it soon anyway so weaned her rather than buying more that she would only use for a short while.




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