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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. danielle
    February 15, 2013 / 7:50 AM

    Thank you so much for this amazing blog! My question is… My 9 week old started sleeping through the night only to wake up at 5:30 am crying. When he wakes up at this time he is unswaddled. After attempting to feed him twice, I believe he is crying because he is unswaddled and not hungry. What should I do? Go in and re swaddle him? Let him CIO? Any thoughts? Thank you!

  2. The Kinder Family
    March 6, 2015 / 8:22 PM

    Hey! So thankful for this blog! My little guy is 6.5 months old and we have decided it is time to say goodbye to the swaddle. His nighttime sleep really hasn't been effected at all but his naps have for sure. He has been taking 3 naps (two 1.5-1.75 hr naps and one 45 minute nap) each day. However since getting rid of the swaddle, his first two naps have been shortened quite noticeably- they are now 45-55 minutes. His last nap has not been effected. I know it's because he is having difficulty making the transition mid nap and really wants to resettle but hasn't been successful. He wakes and fusses/cries on and off until I go get him – up to 40 minutes. Is this normal to have no issue at night but have naps get all out of sorts when unswaddled? Is this something that I should expect to resolve itself? Also, how long should I wait to see if this resolves itself before re swaddling for naps? I don't want him getting used to short naps 🙂 Thanks so much for your help and willingness to calm this mommas nerves a bit!

    • Valerie Plowman
      March 11, 2015 / 12:00 AM

      Hi kinder family, it he is still taking short naps at this point, I would go back to swaddling for naps. No biggie if that is what he needs 🙂

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