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Your child can sleep in a footed sleeper or sleep sack. I prefer the sleep sack as that can be another strong sleep association. It will take him about three nights to adjust to more space and self-soothing. Your child needs both hands to learn self-soothing and finding his own comfy spot, no need to drag it out one arm at a time.
-Don’t revisit nighttime feeds when you pull the swaddle. Your child will not understand why sometimes they cry and eats and other times not.
-Once unswaddled at night, draw out the intervals you go into soothe. They will have their hands and be able to position themselves. First wait 20 min then 40 min etc., soothe from the side of the crib and back out. Some families find it is easier on everyone to not soothe and that is okay too.
-If your baby flips to their tummy let them stay there. Don’t roll your child back over. We want them to learn to love sleeping on their bellies or learn to roll themselves back over.
-This is also a good time to take the paci away too. They will now have other ways to soothe and they aren’t big enough to find the paci and place in their own mouth.
-Keep swaddle and paci for naps for now. In a few weeks, we can assess if your child is ready to drop nap swaddle too.