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As I am writing this, we are 8 days shy of being 4 months old. I can’t believe it. I blinked and the past 4 months have just flown by.
I have been meaning to write this post for a couple of weeks, but better late than never! Here it is.
I wanted to write about our experience with getting our (almost) 4-month old baby to sleep long stints through the night.
I feel like this is a tricky subject to write a recommendation on with there being so many factors going into it. It is definitely not a black and white subject to speak about with every single baby being different, every family being different, every living/sleeping situation being different, and throwing in a handful of environmental/behavioral factors as well.
So I’m going to write about what worked for us and recommendations that I have based on our experience. I hope this is helpful to any mamas out there that are struggling to get their little one to sleep through the night or at least for a long-ish stint.
For the first two months, Kennedy was eating so much throughout the night that me sleeping more than a couple of hours wasn’t even a thought.
The first time that we really started to think about it was after we went in for her 2-month checkup.
Up until this point, she was sleeping a variety of different places for naps and at night, and she was never sleeping more than 2 hours at a time. These places included her DockATot, her swing, her bassinet, but mostly just being held.
I went in for her 2-month checkup and the doctor asked me about her sleeping situation: how she was sleeping and where she was sleeping.
Hopefully, her pediatrician isn’t reading this, but I may have stretched the truth by nodding that “she was sleeping in her own place.”
This was partially true, but most of the time she was just sleeping in my arms with me both sleeping and awake.
I knew that this wasn’t the best-case scenario, but I was sleep deprived and willing to do anything to get her to sleep!
After leaving this appointment, I felt guilty. I felt like I needed to put more effort into her sleeping in her own space.
We had tried swaddling her with blankets, but she would always break out of them. After talking to a family member about the situation, she suggested getting a swaddle sack.
This was something we hadn’t tried yet. I was a little hesitant at first about spending the upwards of $20 on something that may not even work and could be a complete and total waste, but it was worth a shot.
My first try at using a swaddle sack was during a nap. She was swaddled and took a 2-hour nap with no fuss in her bassinet. The first night we used it, she slept a 4-hour stint. YES! We finally found what worked for us.
Fast forward to present day, we have tried several different types of swaddle sacks, and they all have their pros and cons. The combination of a swaddle sack + her DockATot has her sleeping 8 hours most nights. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but it is much better than 1 hour at a time.
Swaddling alone with a blanket did not work for us. We weren’t the best at wrapping them and she would always seem to work her way out of it.
I think swaddle sacks are simply the best invention ever. I’m constantly thinking of ways they could be slightly improved so maybe one day I’ll invent my own version of one.
Also, if you are questioning whether a DockATot is worth the money or not: it is. 100%. We have gotten so much use out of ours since the day we brought Kennedy home from the hospital.
They are so easy to take with you from room to room throughout the house or if you’re traveling away from home. I highly recommend it.
I wish I could be like “oh! This is the best swaddle sack! You must try this one!” Unfortunately, like sleeping situations, sleeping sacks aren’t a one-size-fits-all, and you have to figure out what works for your baby!
You may have to try more than one before you figure out what works for your little one, but I promise! In our situation, it was so worth trying a couple of different ones!
I hope you found this information helpful! If you have any tricks that worked for your family to get your little one to sleep through the night, PLEASE tell me about it in the comments for me and other moms to read.
If you have any other questions about this post or you simply enjoyed it, let me know!
Until next time,