Scarred For Life?

Monday, May 18, 2009

When the little man was just a wee little man I would always swaddle him in this blanket called the Miracle Blanket. And by swaddle him, I mean tie him up so tight that he was in a straight jacket, and would remain that way for the next 12-13 . I wasn't just being cruel, the little guy loved that thing. It really was the Miracle it promised to be (seriously, if you just had a baby or are about to have one you NEED this thing.)

 I would take screaming, inconsolable infant, wrestle his little arms at his side, tuck said arms in a little pocket, and wrap, wrap, wrap my no longer screaming child up. Within seconds he was already nodding off for bed. The thing was like prozac for both of us. It may also be the reason I am so willing to have another baby. 

When he was about 6 months old, and started to roll over I finally pulled away our security blanket (no pun intended) and the little man was finally free to move all around (theoretically, if he had the ability to actually do so.) I figured we had just grown out of the swaddling stage. 

I may have been wrong about that.

The little guy is now obsessed, OBSESSED, with being wrapped in a towel. We have noticed it for a while but no more so than on this trip. I'm starting to think all that swaddling may have done something, scarred him in some way. 

No harm, no foul as far as I'm concerned. If he wants to be the kid in college who sits around his dorm wrapped in a towel, who am I to stop him? Or if he needs to take a break from chosen profession to sit in his office all wrapped up, more power to him I say. I guess I could figure out a way to make a 6 foot miracle blanket if need be.....

Clearly, I'm kidding. Just goes to show how easy these little guys are to train (aka mess up.) I hope all that swaddling didn't leave the little guy scarred for life.


notSupermum said...

How funny, I used to do the exact same thing with my eldest daughter who responded really well to it. I read about it in a book called the Continuum Concept which said if you keep your children close to you for the first 6 months, as in always carrying them etc, they will grow up confident and secure.

Seems to have worked, as the now Teenager-in-waiting is very independent and confident. Hope the same happens for LM :-)

K @ Blog Goggles said...

Haha, hilarious. He's so adorable!

that girl? said...

Small Child LOVED being swaddled and I loved that I got an an extra hours sleep before the middle of the night feed! I remember being in hospital and it being so hot and they just told me to layer on her clothes and then swaddle her. I was worried she was going to melt away! xx

lunarossa said...

My 15 yrs old like having a shower and then linger around for ages in his bath robe. He's always like his towel and this doesn't seem to affect him at all. He's loved be females of every age and he's totally confident. I'm sure LM will be the same. He's absolutely gorgeous! Ciao. A.

Yummy Mummy said...

Ok, you all have put my mind at ease! From now on he is free to towel away! Oh, and the next baby? Well you can be sure he/she too will also get a straight jacket (aka swaddle) or their own!