If you’ve had a baby in recent years, you’ve likely been told to put your baby to sleep on his or her back to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). If I’m being honest, I think there are way more serious SIDS risk factors than stomach sleeping (that’s a topic for another day though), but as new parents my husband and I just didn’t want to take any chances, so from day one we mostly put our little guy to sleep on his back.
But the problem with a baby sleeping on his or her back is this – they have a horrendous startle reflex (Moro reflex) that jolts them awake often. And that reflex can last as long as six months. So what’s a (very, very sleep-deprived) parent to do? Swaddle, of course! But if you’ve swaddled your babies, you know it’s not a miracle solution. At least, not for long. Pretty soon you’re stuck between “this baby needs to be wrapped up in order to sleep” and “my baby won’t stop busting out of the swaddle and waking up”. And that place can be frustrating.
So, this post is for the parents out there who battle the swaddle like it’s World War III. That was us. This is our story. And this is our solution.