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14 weeks (3.3 months) old, 16.8 pounds. Still cute:

I think Jo's outgrowing her bassinet. We find her every night with her face pressed up against the mesh sides, it seems to be her preferred method of sleeping. How she ooches over there while still tightly swaddled is beyond me but she manages. In fact she's been "moving" more in general... she seems to have three exciting modes of not-terribly-effective yet noticable transportation:

1) Twisting around. She's only rolled over a few times, probably by accident, but the twisting is dramatic. This is how she moves when she's swaddled.

2) Pushing with her feet while on her back. She does this without even thinking about it. It just means we need bigger blankets under the playgym.

3) Pushing with her feet while on her stomach. This really pisses her off, because it drives her face into the ground. But it's very effective. It's how she reaches her max speed, which I'd put at about .25 meters per minute. She'll be all pissed off about it but still going, which is weird.

Back to the bassinet though... moving out of that means she'll have to sleep in her crib in her own room because there really isn't space in our room for the crib, plus we'd have to take it apart to get it in there anyway. Marc would not support that, he's ready to get our room back for just us. I'm not sure how this will work out... she still wakes up at night to eat, I'm totally used to her sleeping in our room, I wake up at night a lot to check on her and now I'll have to walk down the hall. I feel weird about the whole move, to be honest. But I don't think the bassinet is safe.

I'm also not sure swaddling her is safe, because twice now we've found her with loose blankets around or even over her face. She's just too darn good at struggling out. But she needs to be swaddled to sleep, otherwise the exciting challenge of eating her hands keeps her awake. I've thought about sleep-sacks but it can't be that much longer before she doesn't need to be swaddled, plus the sleep sacks aren't exactly cheap and we'd need a bunch of them. Between diaper blowouts and epic spit-up she's rarely capable of wearing the same nightgown two nights in a row. Hell sometimes we have to change her nightgown in the evening before she's even made it to bed.

Sometimes I feel like every other parent just has these issues figured out, like I've got to be making all this way too complicated.


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Sep. 18th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, we didn't have it figured out. I don't have advice on swaddling, cuz I never did it. I held jay while he fell asleep a lot, which inn retrospect may not have been the brightest idea since he is still clingly at bedtime (he's 7 now).

Jay slept in the room with his mom and dad for a while - I'm not sure how long exactly, but I think over a year. And he napped durring the day on the couch with me. But you probably want to cut that off earlier than we did.

I would recommend putting a softly ticking clock or something in the baby room (like you do for puppies) at the start. I've been told that baby's keep time by the breathing of the other folks n the room; it helps them keep even breaths themselves.
Sep. 18th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
My friend with a 3 year old and a 8 month old had to swaddle the older with one arm out or he wouldn't sleep, and the younger with both legs out so she can kick to her heart's content.

Maybe just a different swaddle configuration would work?
Sep. 18th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
Hmm, if she's rolling over until she hits the side of the bassinet, won't she just keep going until she hits the side of the crib?
Sep. 18th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
It should be fine with her face against the mesh, that's why it's mesh. That doesn't mean she's outgrowing it, just that she's more mobile. We left our girl in her bassinet until she started to move in ways that would make her able to fall out.

No advice on the swaddling, because we never had to do that.
Sep. 18th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
But she needs to be swaddled to sleep, otherwise the exciting challenge of eating her hands keeps her awake.

...my first thought was "hey, handcuffs!" Second, "or maybe duct tape..."

(yeah, I am not so much helpful at the parent thing :D Jo is absolutely adorable though.)
Sep. 19th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
I'm intrigued by www.thewoombie.com Not cheap but awfully hard to get out of! We've just kept swaddling Eli. At this point, we do legs only. Every once and awhile he gets it over his face but its a pretty thin blankie so I don't worry too much. His habit of burying his head in the mattress worries me more LOL Now that he rolls both ways we usually find him turned 90 degrees on his stomach and with his legs through the crib rungs. I give up!
Sep. 19th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
our little D got bored of chomping on her hands at night... she no longer does it. Now it's her legs though.. she kicks them up in the air so often... and drops them with such force that wakes me up and her up too! sigh...

Sep. 19th, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
When Norah got too big and wiggly to swaddle, but still couldn't get to sleep with her hands free, I held her hands down while she went to sleep. Once she was deeply asleep, her hands wouldn't wake her up. Gradually I held her hands less and less tightly and let go when she was less deeply asleep, and before long she got used to going to sleep with her hands untied and I didn't have to hold them anymore.
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