Okay, mommies. If you've ever swaddled your baby, please keep reading. I need your expertise.
Problem #1: Megan's doctor said she should be sleeping on her back (lowers the risk of SIDS, right?) but Megan would always wake herself up when her arms would jerk around. Hence, I started swaddling her. She's been swaddled for every sleeping period since she was about a month old, and sleeps like an angel.
Problem #2: In addition to being swaddled, Megan has taken all daytime naps in her car seat since about a month old. (The car seat is in her bedroom when she's sleeping in it). It is not what I preferred, but I needed her to sleep for extended periods of time when I taught piano lessons. It worked like a charm! She would sleep 2 1/2 - 3 hours in her car seat, whereas she would only sleep 45 minutes in her crib.
Long story short: Megan takes all naps swaddled in her car seat.
Now comes my dilemma. You see, it is getting hot here. When I get Meg up from her naps she is really hot, even if I strip her down to a short-sleeved onesie under the blanket. I haven't found a thin blanket that works for swaddling. She does have a ceiling fan in her room, but that doesn't change the fact that she's still really hot under that blanket.
So, I'm forced to think I should wean her from the swaddle. In fact, I tried today. At first, I just held her like I usually do before a nap, and put her on her back in her crib. Crying time: 20 minutes. Then I went back in and mock-swaddled her (just from her armpits down, so she'd still feel the tight comfort). Crying time: 1 hour 5 minutes. Then she was screaming so loud and crying so hard I swear she was going to choke on her own saliva. So, I gave in, wrapped her in her swaddle, put her in the carseat and she was out like a light.
I now realize that I may have made a little Sleeping Monster with Megan. She is an angel and sleeps 18 hours a day- but only if she's swaddled. I just don't feel comfortable keeping her swaddled during the day when it's so hot. Plus, she's 6 months old, which is probably old enough to stop the swaddling, right? I'm afraid one day she'll decide to roll over in the middle of the night (she's swaddled at night in her crib), not be able to move, and then I have no more baby.
Note: I still need Megan to sleep during piano lessons. So, if I can't make this work then I guess I'll just keep swaddling her & hope she's not too hot...
Another note: I teach piano lessons Monday-Thursday, so that only leaves me, basically, three days in which to wean Megan before she has to be back on a schedule.
Any suggestions? Have any of you weaned your babies in this way? I'll take any words of wisdom I can get...