Friday, September 28, 2012

Moms on Call Update

We started the MOC program when O was only 3 weeks old. We specifically followed the night time schedule/routine and was successful. Swaddling plus white noise is what was missing in our routine. She started sleeping 3 hour stretches at night which turned into 4 hours and about a week ago she started sleeping from 9 to 645 and only getting up once to eat. She did this up until a couple of days ago and sleep since then has been lacking.

We didn't change a thing...bath, feed, swaddle and white noise. There are nights when she would go down easy without a fight before 9, up between 2 and 230, eat and then back down again until almost 7am. I like to blame growth spurts every night that she fights her sleep.

We are sticking to the MOC schedule and technique but I think it's the swaddle that's the issue. She was busting out of the regular swaddle when we used Aden + Anais blankets and we only used them for a couple of nights. We switched to SwaddleMe blankets and they are working well but I think that she's getting too big and strong for them. She can't get out of them but her arms can definitely move while she's wearing the blanket.

I was browsing the internet this morning and was ready to switch over to the Miracle Blanket but at $25 a pop I searched some more. There's just no way that I can justify spending $25 on something that could possibly fail but then again getting good sleep every night is definitely worth more than $25!

During this browsing session, I didn't realize that there are so many different ways to swaddle a baby. The technique called a double swaddle is what really caught my attention. It seems pretty easy to do and I already have blankets that will work. The video is very easy to follow and I've already tried it on O and she is currently passed out napping in her crib for more than an hour now. I can't wait to try this tonight and hopefully solve the sleeping issue we have been experiencing lately.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Moms on Call

I heard of Moms On Call for the very first time while reading Blueeyedbride's blog. She raved so much about them that I made sure to remember it with second baby in mind even before I got pregnant.

I bought the 0-6 months book a couple of weeks before my due date with OG but never really got around to finish reading it before giving birth. I brought the book with me to the hospital so that I could finish reading it but that also didn't happen.

Between the newborn, a toddler, exhaustion and everything else that comes along with life, I just now finished reading the book! Yes, my newborn is almost three weeks old and I'm clearly behind! I just watched their YouTube video of how to swaddle and I am truly amazed by how big of a difference their technique and swaddling in general can do to a screaming hyena newborn.

This picture was taken not even 2 minutes after she was screaming like I was trying to remove her arm from her body with my bare hands!