Too early to let cry? Time to stop swaddling?
posted at 6/8/2011 2:21 PM EDT
I wasn't going to start a new thread for this, but I kept thinking of more questions! Sorry this is so long.
DD is 15 weeks old. She has been sleeping 7-8 hours straight for a while and for the past ~4 weeks she's been sleeping from roughly 8-6 (10 hours). I would say once a week for the past 3 weeks she has woken up in the middle of the night. I think it's because she has rolled to her stomach and can't go back. Last night she woke up at 1:30 and again at 3:00. I'm getting ahead of myself, but would really appreciate any input before this becomes a regular habit.
I'm anxious about the fact that we're probably going to stop swaddling soon, so I feel like we need to have a plan of action for when she wakes up. My gut tells me it's not hunger related, so I don't want to get into the habit of a night feeding when she hasn't needed one in several weeks. Then again, that could change; she's a growing girl.
I read through some recent sleep related threads. Based on those, my current idea is to have DH pick her up to see if she stops crying. If she stops crying, she probably isn't hungry. Once that is established, maybe we will put her down and let her cry. Weissbluth seems to suggest that it's OK to let her cry at this point. To be honest, I'm not finding HSHHC to be very clear, but one option he suggests is waiting an hour to see if she stops crying. (Easier said than done!!!) It wasn't clear to me what age range he was referring to though. I thought 15 weeks would be too early to CIO, but she has been such a good sleeper that it might not take long to go back to sleep.
In the other threads, it also seemed like some LOs rolled to their stomachs around this age, but then stopped and the problem arose again months later. Looks like this may be a short term problem, but since we need to stop swaddling I am anticipating more issues.
I guess that begs the question, do we need to stop swaddling?? I feel like the swaddle will soon begin to inhibit her from rolling, etc. Any tips for pulling off the bandaid??