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I’ve had several people ask me about how our attempt to wean Keenedy from her swaddle went, so I thought I’d take a few minutes to explain how we were SUCCESSFUL in weaning Kennedy from it within one week!

I’m elated to be writing this blog post because it means my life is back to normal…whatever normal actually is. For me, right now, it means that Kennedy is taking pretty predictable naps and is sleeping 11-12 hours at night; perhaps waking up one time after 8 hours to nurse.

It all started last Monday. I had the Zipadeezip in hand and I decided to start off with naps only. Monday: 30 minutes and wake up at each nap time. I’d give in around 4-5pm each day and just let her nap in the swing. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: SAME THING. She couldn’t get past napping for 30 minutes at a time, but she’s never been that great of a napper so I just kept going.

Friday came and she went down for a nap, woke up 30 minutes later, then put herself back to sleep a couple minutes later. That was our first success!

Friday NIGHT – *gulp* we were finished swaddling at bedtime now. This was the first night and let me tell you…it was ROUGH. From 8pm-8am she woke up 8 TIMES! She would wake up crying and as soon as we put her pacifier in her mouth she’d go back to sleep, but that made for a long night of ups and downs each time she’d wake up crying. There were two 2.5 hour stretches of sleep within those 12 hours. We felt like we had a newborn again!

Saturday night – slightly better than Friday night. I think we got up around 5 times to give Kennedy her pacifier between 8pm-8am.

Sunday – We were exhausted by this point. Not getting quality sleep combined with a busy weekend with family was wearing on us. I was so nervous going to bed Sunday night because I was on my own — Alex had to get up for work Monday morning whereas I could bum around in yoga pants all day if wanted to, so that meant that every cry session was “my turn” to attend to.

She did a lot better than the previous 2 nights and slept until 1am without crying. But then 1:10, 1:30, 2…cry, cry, cry. I rolled over and told Alex I was going to swaddle her. I was so tired and frustrated and couldn’t do this anymore tonight. He quickly replied “go for it!”.

I took a deep breath before getting out of bed and decided I’d just nurse her then put her back to bed one last time unswaddled. I did just that then went back to bed myself expecting to wake up to crying 30 minutes later.

The next thing I know it’s 8:15am and I had just slept for nearly 6 hours straight!  By George I think she’s got it!!!  I knew that that was the turning point and I was right.

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Monday night she slept 11 solid hours. No interruptions.  Hallelujah!

Then last night she was back to her normal routine of 12 hours with one early morning wake up to nurse.  I must also say that she’s napping better than she ever has before.  I’m talking predictable 1.5-2 hours naps!  I’m still holding my breath that those will be consistent because it’s definitely a new thing for her, but I’d be overjoyed if she stuck to it!

Although the Zipadeezip wasn’t “magic” for us right away, I’d still say that it worked wonders for transitioning out of the swaddle and was worth the money.  After shipping they cost about $43 so I don’t think we’ll be buying another one, which would be very nice to have so we could wash it without having to do speed-washes between naps.

I’m just thankful we’re out of that phase & that my sweet SIX MONTH OLD can sleep again.

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Now back to my original project I was working on when this sleep catastrophe stole my attention…the guest bathroom!  I’ve nailed down my design board and will be back soon with details!

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The ladies over at Freshly Picked sent me a pair of their adorable baby moccasins for Kennedy to wear & for me to review. Also, to celebrate Kennedy turning 6 months tomorrow,  they’re throwing in a pair for one of my readers!

I figured the best way for me to hash out my likes and dislikes of these shoes are with a straight forward pro’s and con’s list.

PRO’S AND CON’S AND PRO’S AND CON’S AND PROOOOOOOO’S….Jimmy Fallon, anyone?

Okay, here we go–

PRO’S:

  • 10/10 on the cuteness factor
  • great presentation when they arrive at your door photo
  • big variety of colors/styles
  • made in the USA by an extremely hardworking MOMpreneur (read the story here).  I’m all about supporting homegrown small businesses!
  • high quality leather:  super soft and durable (so far).  They seem to hold up to Kennedy’s desire to chew on them pretty well. fp1
  • durability — following up on the last point, these should last a very long time & can be passed down to our next kids without looking like beat-up hand-me-downs.
  • versatile: can be dressed up (like we did for Easter) or dressed down

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  • comfort — obviously I can’t speak for Kennedy, but these shoes appear so comfortable because of the soft sole.  They flex with her every move & don’t dig-in on her whatsoever.

CON’S:

  • the price — at $60 a pair, that’s a steep price for a little bit of leather to cover my kid’s feet.  I’m not sure if I’d buy these myself with that pricetag unless I knew for a fact I was going to have a couple more kids to pass them down to.  But I feel confident that they’d hold up if that were the case.
  • FP claims that they they’ll stay on your child’s feet. Here’s the deal:  Kennedy was right on the border in sizes so I went with the size up since she’ll grow in to them in a matter of weeks.  As they fit right now they’re slightly big and she’s able to kick them off pretty quickly.  The pictures below were taken in a matter of 5 seconds, and if you look closely at the last picture you can see that her heel is out of her left shoe.

    I’m hesitant to put this as a con because they may not be so easily kicked off if they fit her perfectly.  So take this con with a grain of salt.  We’ll see how they do in a month when they fit her perfectly.

 

So that’s it.  The pro’s and con’s of it all.  I have to say that I love these shoes.  I’ve been a fan for a while now, just before I saw Susan on Shark Tank (Alex & Iove this show! It’s our Saturday morning routine to eat a good breakfast and watch the show from the night before on Hulu).

They’re not your traditional baby shoe and perhaps a little too eclectic for some people’s taste.  But for me, I’d take one in every single size & color if I could!

So you want a pair, right?  That’s why you’re still reading…or why you’ve scrolled down to the bottom of the page to find out how to win them, yeah?

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*I was given a pair of FP moccs in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

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Man, the things I never knew existed until becoming a parent. For example: babies may have a hard (understatement of the century) time being weaned from the swaddle.

I had such great intentions of starting the guest bathroom soon, but then this little situation abruptly “interrupted” my plans.

When Kennedy was about 5-6 weeks old we were introduced to The Happiest Baby on the Block. babies-composition

It was like voodoo magic on how to hush a crying baby…and we loved it (hushing the crying baby, not the voodoo)! Ever since then, Kennedy has been faithfully swaddled for each nap and nighttime sleep.

A short time ago Kennedy started to roll from her back to her stomach and we knew that it was time to stop the swaddling.  Another reason we needed to stop is because she has a little bit of plagiocephaly from her torticollis.  Basically she has a flat spot on the side of her head from her early days of only turning her head in one direction.

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Classic Torticollis: head tilted and turned same direction all the time.

We went cold turkey the first try. Yeah, that was no good for anyone.

I read every article on the first 4 pages of Google when searching for how to wean babies from swaddling.  I tried everything– one arm out, legs only out, cry it out….yadda, yadda, yadda.  Nothing was working and it just left both Kennedy and myself in tears by the end of the day & I’d give up and swaddle her so she could at least get some rest at night.

I read about the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit, but Kennedy was already rolling over so that was not an option for her.  Then I kept seeing people talk about the Zipadee-Zip.  I was desperate. The website was convincing. So we bought one.

It arrived late yesterday.

Today was my first day using it.

Today has been significantly better than the past two days.  Nowhere near perfect, but better.

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So, all that to say it may be another few days before I can start back with the bathroom.

Oh, and how cute is my kid?  It’s ridiculous.  She melts me & fills me with so much pride!