mr comfortable 7-27-2009 8-56-14 AM

If you’re following the blog closely you’ll note that I said yesterday we usually swaddle Toren to put him down to sleep.  With his arms out, he usually wakes himself up.  That is, generally, true.  But that is also not the way Toren thinks about it.

We’ve noticed a pattern: Whenever I’m holding him to put him to sleep, once he starts to get a little grumpy, I swaddle him then hold him.  He will usually struggle for anywhere from 2 to 10 minutes, wiggling and crying, then fall asleep.  If Debi is holding him, he pretends to be hungry, rooting all over and sucking on anything he can get near his mouth for about 2 to 10 minutes, then he falls asleep.  I guess we should hope that our child is able to tell us apart at this point, but it does seem like he’s trying to manipulate us.

He also plays a game now.  He’ll fall asleep swaddled, but if he wakes up after we put him down, he’ll immediately wiggle until he gets his arms free (or tries for a while until he realizes we swaddled him tight enough that he can’t).  Sometimes he’s able to sleep with his arms free; other times he flails them all over, keeping himself up.  He’ll then whimper until we come tie him up again.  In the photo above it looks as though he tied them up himself by laying on them!

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2 Replies to “Life’s Good!”

  1. Rhett thinks this position Toren is in in your photo is the best for sleeping too. We have multiple pictures just like this one where he’s sleeping just like that. Oh, and if I were a baby I’d hate being bundled up like a burrito, but Rhett used to love that until a certain age. It used to be that the only way we could get him to sleep was to bundle him, and like you said, if he wasn’t bundled he’d flail all over in his basonet and not fall asleep. Don’t you just love the joys of children that won’t sleep? Haha. My only advice to you would be don’t let him sleep in YOUR bed because that habit is one of the hardest ones to break. I know for experience.

  2. Oh, Toren isn’t coming anywhere near our bed.  I’ve heard too many horror stories about babies smothered in bed with their parents.

    Getting babies to sleep is becoming my new obsession in life!

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