If you were to ask me what my favourite baby product was, I would usually say "the Miracle Blanket"!
If you haven't heard of the Miracle Blanket, it is a fancy swaddling blanket that is something akin to a baby straight jacket. An awesome baby straight jacket. If you have a baby who has an active startle reflex, the Miracle Blanket is - well - a miracle! (if you are unsure of the effects of a baby's startle reflex, picture them trying to fall asleep and having their arm raise their hand and bash it into their face. Repeatedly).
Needless to say, we were fans. Until one day, he started doing this arching of the back and kicking of his legs thing. At the same time. You know what that move does for a little burrito-baby?
It makes him roll over. Onto his face. With his arms pinned. I've heard this is a bad thing.
This move is what caused us to take Luca out of the magical swing at night (he sometimes gave me a 4-5 hour stretch in that thing!). Once he was in his crib, the hours of sleep decreased and his time spent crying and screaming increased. Of course, with his freaking out, he started rolling even more.
We tried flipping him back (you should have seen J run when we watched Luca roll onto his face over the video monitor (also a baby must-have!). Nope. He'd just flip again. We tried putting pillows next to his hips which sometimes helped but made us very nervous as you aren't supposed to put anything in the crib (suffocation danger).
So yeah - that is how we dropped the swaddle. It made us too nervous and watching the monitor like a hawk wasn't helping our sleep situation.
The upside of dropping the swaddle is that he can finally wear all the awesome sleepers he has!! If it wasn't going to scar him for life, I'd make him wear sleepers day and night for the next 20 years.