3.5 years ago, Monkey was born.
He wanted to be held all of the time - ALL of the time. I couldn't get him to sleep unless I was holding him, and as soon as I put him down he would wake up and cry until he was held again.
That is tiring for a new mama.
2 years ago, Crackers was born.
He loved to be swaddled. I could swaddle him in a blanket, put a pacifier in his mouth, and pat his chest for a minute or two, and he was out cold.
This just amazed me. I never swaddled Monkey, I tried it a few times and it just didn't work. I don't think I knew how to do it well enough that it would stay tight on him.
3 months ago, Baby was born.
We swaddled him from the start. I knew how to do it and he learned very quickly to love it. Now he doesn't like to sleep unless he is swaddled.
I wish that when Monkey was giving me so many difficulties, I had known how to swaddle and done it. I wish I had done it from the start. I wish that someone had taught me how to swaddle effectively.
I highly recommend that all new mamas learn to swaddle a baby and try it with their babies. It takes practice, and it might take baby some time to learn to love it - but it will make sleep time SO much easier.