For the first few weeks of Ben’s life, we swaddled him at bed time.  He seemed to enjoy it (most of the time).  If you aren’t familiar with the term, swaddling is pretty much wrapping the baby in a special blanket so they feel safe and secure.  Anyway when Ben was younger (now he is old, 7 weeks!) he started fussing and usually found a way to wiggle his arms out of the swaddle.  Then we swaddled him with his arms out.  But eventually we gave up because the whole thing seemed to stress him out.

The other day a friend suggested we try it again since her baby seemed to love it.  My sister is a big fan of it too.  So we gave it a try.  At bed time we bundled the little guy up and put him into his basinet.  Well much to our surprise, this kid slept for 5 hours! For the past few weeks the best we got was 3 – 3.5 hours at a time.  That is a pretty big difference!  At one point, when Ben had been asleep for about 4 hours Rebecca woke me up.  “Do you think Ben is OK?  He hasn’t woken up yet.”  Keep in mind, Ben sleeps 2 feet from Rebecca’s side of the bed, so it was clear that he was OK.  So she basically woke me up to tell me that Ben was still asleep.  In the morning, my wife was still worried that he didn’t like it, she felt bad wrapping him up.  I said, “he slept for 5 hours and didn’t make a peep – no crying or anything!”  I’m no baby expert, but to me it sounds like he enjoyed being swaddled.  Plus, Ben is not the shy and silent type.  If he were unhappy, he would have let us know.  Last night was the second night in a row that we tried it.  He actually sleep for almost 6 hours!  Do you think we’ll try it again tonight?

While I am here, I might was well include a few recent pictures…

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One thought on “The Ben Chronicles – Love the Swaddle Blanket

  1. I’m the #1 fan of swaddling guys! You need that fleece velcro swaddling blanket- it’s the best–doesn’t come undone in the night.


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