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Per your advice, we finally tried swaddling Henry last night.  And it worked… like a dream.


We have fabric swaddles but Henry easily escapes them, so I wanted to try a Velcro one (AKA a baby straight jacket) for night time.  I got this one for $10 from Wal-Mart; I was afraid to buy a pricey one because I thought he might hate it.  Man, we Velcroed him into it, and he immediately got this glazed look in his eyes and passed out.  The swaddling sensation apparently recreates the tightly packed feeling of the womb.  Neat, huh?  I think he looks like a little baby burrito when swaddled.


He slept like a dream, I slept like a dream.  And the Husband is on Dad Duty today, which means he was in charge of breakfast.


Eggs and spinach

Toast and hummus



The whole family ate breakfast out on the deck.  A very nice way to start a Friday.


No, Maggie.  You may not eat my breakfast burrito.


Are you a picky sleeper? I was so picky before Henry.   It had to be totally dark in the room and completely silent, save for my Ambiance app, which played ‘white noise’ all night long.  Now, I can fall asleep with a mumbling baby next to me with the light on.  I’ll take what I can get.  I like the idea of being swaddled, though.  Do they have adult-size swaddles?



  • Hillary July 13, 2012, 10:19 am

    I basically swaddle myself every night. Is it weird to be 27 years old and still enjoy that tightly packed feeling?

    • Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 13, 2012, 10:42 am

      Ha, definitely not!! lol

    • Ashley July 13, 2012, 10:58 am

      I’m right there with you haha!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat July 13, 2012, 10:19 am

    Looks like an incredible breakfast! Enjoy your day!

  • Megan@ The Running Doc July 13, 2012, 10:20 am

    I have to have a fan on when I go to sleep. Not for the cooling effect, but for the noise. I can never fall asleep if it’s totally silent, I need a little bit of background noise.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 13, 2012, 10:22 am

    Ok, prior to reading this I had no idea what the purpose of a swaddle was! I figured it was to keep a baby warm but didn’t make the womb connection. As for sleeping, I’m not really picky at all, but I need 2 things: decent temperature (ie not too hot) and good pillows. I can’t stand ones that are as flat as pancakes when you put your head on them!

  • Kendra @ My Full-Thyme Life July 13, 2012, 10:23 am

    I wish they had adult versions of everything we wrap our babies in! All the blankets are so crazy soft and awesome! I am not really a picky sleeper but my hubby is. His bedtime ritual is humorous to me. He has to line up his blankets juuust right, we have to have the room cool, he has two head pillows, one knee pillow (I guess it’s a guy thing), and one more pillow that he snuggles with! I plop down in bed, pull up the covers and I’m out like a light. 😉 Enjoy your Friday!

    • Laura O. July 13, 2012, 10:38 am

      Too funny, Kendra! This is my guy to a T…and I’m like you, just let me lay down and I’m done. He needs a pillow on his chest, two pillows underneath his head, a sheet and then a blanket resting right below his chin, plus something over his eyes (he uses a tee shirt). 🙂

      • Whitney July 13, 2012, 2:04 pm

        oh goodness, my husband is the same way!! He has 17 different pillows he has to put in the right spot and then spends another 5 minutes moving around to get comfortable. Last but not least, we have 75 fans and the ac on full blast. Too funny!!!

  • Jack Sh*t July 13, 2012, 10:23 am

    I used to stay at a place where they put you in a strait-jacket every night and I slept like a dream (of course, it might have had something to do with the secobarbital shots)…

    Breakfast burrito? Now I’m hungry…

  • Helen July 13, 2012, 10:25 am

    I love that you have him in a pink swaddle blanket. Adorable! My son was swaddled in the hospital, because that’s just what they do. Everytime the nurses did anything they then wrapped him right back up. I could never do it as well as they did, but my hubby seemed to get it. However we never bought velcro blankets and soon stopped swaddling at all and he was a good sleeper anyway!

  • Kelli July 13, 2012, 10:27 am

    Yay! I’m so glad to hear that swaddling worked so well. I bet you feel like a new woman with some solid sleep under your belt. We’ve been given a few types of swaddlers for our upcoming arrival, I’m really hoping he takes to them like Henry has!
    Breakfast looks delicious too.

  • Amanda July 13, 2012, 10:28 am

    Awwww! A little Henry burrito! My co-workers little guy loved to be swaddled extra tight with the tv on in the background. I guess they can wake themselves up if they’re not swaddled and it spooks them.

  • Marie July 13, 2012, 10:33 am

    Our baby girl slept like MAGIC with the swaddle. You did the right thing. It will be your savior, I swear. Sadly, she started fighting it about 4.5 months in. But those early swaddle months were bliss.

  • Lisa Marie July 13, 2012, 10:38 am

    Very curious about your choice to name your son a boy name if you didn’t want to enforce “genderification”…can you maybe explain more why you chose the pink swaddle? Thanks!

    • Caitlin July 13, 2012, 10:40 am

      Well, I’m not so extreme that I’m going to give him a girl’s name! I don’t think giving a child a boy or girl name is enforcing genderification. I chose the pink swaddle because the blue one was extremely ugggggggggggly.

      • Caitlin July 13, 2012, 10:42 am

        Is genderification even a word? Is there is a proper term for it?

        • Lisa Marie July 13, 2012, 11:05 am

          haha im not so sure – it is for now:) Well there are many gender neutral names! Understandable

          • Mary July 13, 2012, 1:08 pm

            Being gender neutral is probably different for everyone. I don’t think it has to be a series of forced decisions to steer away from any gender-defining stereotypes, but rather, just to not bombard one’s child with toys/colors/styles/mentalities based on gender. Make sense? A young boy can have a boy’s name, play with Barbie’s and also play with GI Joe’s.

            So in Caitlin’s case, choosing to name her son Henry and choosing the pink swaddle are both decisions made for specific reasons at that moment (significance of name, preference of swaddle).

            If every moment, parents are forcing themselves to consciously make every decision based on an idea of what is PC for being gender-neutral, the whole idea becomes something else altogether, and frankly, probably gets very forced.

            I’m not a parent, so I don’t know for sure, but that’s my take on the whole idea.

  • Kristin July 13, 2012, 10:40 am

    So glad the swaddle worked! Our 2 month old baby is in a swaddle every night too, works like a dream for baby and mom/dad.

  • Brigid July 13, 2012, 10:41 am

    We always called the swaddle the baby burrito! Works like a charm! BTW, you should watch Pregnant in Heels on Bravo (if you don’t already). Funny stuff!

  • Christy July 13, 2012, 10:42 am

    We swaddled my son until he finally clawed his hands out of it. Then we would leave one arm out and swaddle the other one so he could suck his thumb if needed. We swear by the swaddle! Glad it worked for Henry!

  • Kara July 13, 2012, 10:42 am

    Swaddling is amazing! We swaddled our daughter and it was one of the greatest parenting decisions ever. The velcro swaddles work really well for the wee peanuts; I highly recommend the Miracle Blanket for when Henry gets a little older and can bust out of the velcro. Congrats on your new little boy – he’s darling!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 13, 2012, 10:43 am

    Henry looks so adorable all swaddled!! lol Glad to hear it worked well 😀

  • Sarah July 13, 2012, 10:48 am

    I am soo glad you also think he looks like a baby burrito. I had to read the title of this post twice after seeing the picture of him. too cute and glad he’s sleeping better!

  • stephanie July 13, 2012, 10:49 am

    SWADDLES ARE THE BEST!!!!!! That is all I have to say. Oh, and I am not a picky sleeper:)

  • Katie D. July 13, 2012, 10:51 am

    When my husband I were dating, he’d tuck me into bed on the night he’d go home (we were long distance) and it was AWESOME to be so snuggly tucked in.

    • Kris July 13, 2012, 12:24 pm

      My husband still asks me to tuck him in — we’ve been married 28 years 🙂

      • Whitney July 13, 2012, 2:00 pm

        When I go to bed before my husband I always ask him to tuck me in too!! haha I love it 🙂

  • Kristin @ Wounded Fawn July 13, 2012, 10:58 am

    You might be able to get an adult size sleep sac on etsy. I saw a 4 year old wearing a sleep sac to bed so that’s very close to adult! hehe 🙂 Glad you found the wonder that is the swaddle!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 13, 2012, 11:04 am

    Your breakfast looks so good, I need to buy a pear now! And I’m a very light sleeper. I prefer dark and cold, but generally I can sleep in most conditions but I wake up a ton.

  • Reenie July 13, 2012, 11:07 am

    Oh Happy Day!!! I checked your blog first thing this morning a few times to see if you had posted yet. I’m so happy that this worked for you.

    Happy Swaddling =)


  • jen July 13, 2012, 11:07 am

    Why yes they do Caitlin…i believe its called “the forever lazy” hahaha

  • Amanda July 13, 2012, 11:14 am

    We swaddled our second and she loved it but our first would have nothing to do with it. But, we also got the velcro ones the second time around so maybe that’s why she liked it. I need to look into getting a bigger one because she escaped the ones we had and now she’s huge and they wouldn’t work. We tried the sac but her issues is smacking herself in the face so since those let your arms out it still isn’t working for her.

    If I’m super tired I can sleep anywhere, found that out after baby #1. But if I’m in bed, I have to be all covered except my face. I don’t care how hot I am, I have to have at least a sheet on but preferably a sheet and heavy comforter. Hands and feet also must always be on the bed…the movie Paranormal Activity did nothing to help my paranoia about that.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed July 13, 2012, 11:18 am

    I’m picky about pillows, but not usually too bad otherwise! Oh and I like when I can stick my feet out the side of the covers (when it’s warm), so I hate super tucked in sheets, I alawys just rip one side out lol.

  • Cassidy July 13, 2012, 11:18 am

    Wait, you haven’t been swaddling him? That is the only way that my girlie would sleep through the night at first. You can buy used velcro swaddles at used kids clothing stores (we have kid to kid and Once Upon a Child where I live). They are way cheaper, and seem practically brand new, since some people never use them!

  • Lu July 13, 2012, 11:18 am

    Swaddles for adults are called Snuggies. 🙂 I loved to swaddle my son when he was little. He won’t let me now that he’s six.

  • Liza July 13, 2012, 11:19 am

    Yeah for a good night’s sleep! 🙂 Happy Friday!

  • Alex @ Brain, Body, Because July 13, 2012, 11:24 am

    I think a sleeping bag would be the closest thing to an adult swaddle!

  • ashlynn July 13, 2012, 11:41 am

    If I had to recommend only a handful of items as necessities for baby, I would say that a swaddle would be on the list for sure!

  • Krista July 13, 2012, 11:43 am

    OMG you are just now getting the swaddle! Our 5.5 month old still sleeps in his. I cannot imagine the last 5.5 months without it!

  • HTPDad July 13, 2012, 11:45 am

    at the risk of TMI..when you were 14 months old you decided your room was too big and you moved into the closet – made a sleeping nest and everything. We totally panicked when you weren’t in your crib in the AM.

    • Breanne July 13, 2012, 1:03 pm

      HTPDad, that is the best story ever!

      Caitlin, glad the swaddle worked and the pink one definitely was cuter! Your breakfast looks amazing.

    • Ashley July 13, 2012, 1:03 pm

      This is the best comment ever. I just laughed out loud.

      I’m at work. Oops.

  • Laura July 13, 2012, 11:53 am

    That is the cutest little baby I’ve ever seen. I can see why swaddling would have that appeal.

  • Lindsey @ Pas de Deux July 13, 2012, 11:54 am

    I have gotten much less picky since I met my husband… I can now sleep with a light or TV on, and I am less picky about having my covers tucked in all nice and tight.

    Your breakfast plate looks tasty!!

  • Angela July 13, 2012, 12:01 pm

    that has to be the CUTEST pic ever (swaddling)! Snug as a bug in a rug. 🙂

    I have a lot of problems falling and staying asleep so you could say Im pretty picky with the conditions. I have to sleep with a fan on (it’s a lovely white noise to me!) and the room has to be as dark as possible. Many alarm clock lights annoy the heck out of me because they are so bright. I have to turn them over usually. We now have a super dim alarm clock that shines the time on the ceiling without any glare…it’s amazing. hah

  • Jocelyn July 13, 2012, 12:03 pm

    They should make adult Swaddles. I would totes buy one.

  • Nicole July 13, 2012, 12:12 pm

    I’m totally taking notes on everything you’re learning with Henry. Someday I’ll need to remember things like swaddling!

  • Meredith July 13, 2012, 12:25 pm

    Oh my god, I feel like I’m reading my life in your blog. Our baby is one month old as well and we found the swaddle me blanket to be a miracle about 19 days ago! It’s awesome! Loving readif your experiences b/c they so closely mimic ours. And I have the mommy porn book too. Haha.

  • Amanda July 13, 2012, 12:42 pm

    I swaddled both of my kids and I swear by it, it really is baby magic!!

    I also used to be slightly picky about sleep, but since te kids were born I just need a place to be still and comfortable to go to sleep! It drives my husband nuts because I can fall asleep on the couch while one of the kids is having a tantrum!

  • mamawass July 13, 2012, 12:48 pm

    Have you read Happiest Baby on the Block? It’s not just for fussy babies. It gives very helpful info on how to soothe a baby and help a baby sleep well. I would highly recommend it! One of the main things it talks about is swaddling and how to do it well!!

  • greenbean July 13, 2012, 1:01 pm

    so did this cut down on the number of feedings during the night?

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 13, 2012, 1:03 pm

    I thought swaddling was so weird before I started working in a day care – I did not understand how babies could enjoy that!

    But clearly, it’s like magic for babies…makes them pass out so easily!

  • Erin July 13, 2012, 1:09 pm

    I am a first time mom with a 12 day old. She loves to be swaddled! Her middle name is Rose and I like to call her Burrito Rose 🙂

  • Susan July 13, 2012, 1:10 pm

    So glad the swaddling worked!!! I’ve swaddled all my babies thus far …. this time around I’d like to try this ….

    Anyone use one of these?

  • Sarah July 13, 2012, 1:14 pm

    When our guy was tiny, we referred to him as “baby burrito” when he was wrapped up. We didn’t do it for the first two weeks of his life – I think we were so tired we didn’t what we were doing! But he has responded to swaddling amazingly. When we have our next one, I will be swaddling from day one – although I’ve never been as good as the nurses on the maternity ward – they are pros!

  • K @ Finding a skinnier me July 13, 2012, 1:38 pm

    I like complete darkness and lots of cold air. If there are noises, I tend to have weird dreams lol! But when we got the fidgety puppy who flops around in her carrier at night and whines when she has to pee, I got a little better about dealing with noise, especially since our big dog snores 😉

    Love the baby burrito, so cute!!!

  • Amanda K. July 13, 2012, 1:48 pm

    no explanation of the pink swaddle!?

    • Caitlin July 13, 2012, 1:49 pm

      None needed! Boys can be in pink swaddles.

      • Caitlin July 13, 2012, 1:49 pm

        But also, the ‘boy’ one was god awful ugly.

  • Lauren July 13, 2012, 1:57 pm

    Question – did Henry freak out when you swaddled him? Our little nugget is a feisty one, and I’ve tried putting her in one of those swaddled and she screamed her face off!

    • Caitlin July 13, 2012, 2:00 pm

      Naw, but he doesn’t scream a lot period. Have you tried yelling SHHHHHH in her face? LOL that helps with him. It stuns him into silence.

      • Lauren July 13, 2012, 3:33 pm

        Haha yes and I think it just pisses her off even more!

  • Whitney July 13, 2012, 1:58 pm

    I didn’t even notice it was pink! Why do people assume that girls always have to be in pink and boys in blue? It’s really not that serious!

    • Caitlin July 13, 2012, 2:00 pm


      • Emmalinda July 13, 2012, 8:56 pm

        Can’t remember what period of history this is from (or when it stopped), but pink used to be for boys & blue was for girls. Color is color, people! I’ve been thinking that if I get pregnant I might wait to find out the sex of the baby until he/she is born, just so people don’t buy a ton of “boy” or “girl” items as gifts.

  • Amber K July 13, 2012, 2:42 pm

    I actually hope that sleeping will be easier after becoming a mom. Because right now it HAS to be pitch black with no noise other than a consistent white noise. And even then I seem to wake up to the slightest movement or noise. So frustrating!

  • Marci July 13, 2012, 3:27 pm

    We are 4 months old and still swaddling for naps and overnight sleep. He hates going in it, but then gets relaxed. I don’t know how we will break him of the swaddle, he needs it still. Just beware that washing them makes them shrink, and we keep buying more of the same size until he moves onto the next size.

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery July 13, 2012, 3:35 pm

    When I was in treatment for my eating disorder, I’d swaddle myself in a big comfy blanket…only later did I find out that is actually a real technique to help soothe anxiety and the central nervous system. I still do it when I’m anxious and it helps a lot!!

  • sarah July 13, 2012, 4:19 pm

    You can try the 5 S’s, though it sounds like just the 1 S worked fine.
    Shh Shh Shh noise
    Side lying

  • Caroline July 13, 2012, 4:19 pm

    So cute! I’m always surprised by the white noise thing. We just don’t have them in England- or at least, I don’t know anyone with a white noise machine. It would worry me that if it broke or you didn’t have it with you, baby wouldn’t be able to sleep without it!

  • Ashley July 13, 2012, 6:50 pm

    We always thought our daughter hated being swaddled, but when she started being a SUPER crappy sleeper around 6 o 7 weeks we decided to give it a go. Like you mentioned in the comments you kind of had to distract her to get her in or she was totally pissed, but once she was swaddled she slept SO much better.

    Our favorite one was the halo sleep sack with the newborn swaddler thing. It was the only one I could get tight enough to keep her arms in. It lets their legs have a bit more freedom as well, and is easier to transition into a sleep sack. Hope he lets you sleep more and more!

  • Kelley July 13, 2012, 7:04 pm

    Baby Burritos are the BEST!

  • Meghan July 14, 2012, 7:21 am

    Love that you threw gender to the wind and got him a pink one. If we ever have a girl she’s going to have a lot of trucks, dinos, dogs, blues and browns. My son hated being swaddled he screamed bloody murder. We finally gave up after a few nights. I’m so glad it worked for Henry!

  • Dominique July 14, 2012, 1:31 pm

    I’ve gotten Sean to tuck me into bed at night for the last little while. He’s been busy with summer school so he’s usually in bed hours after me. He tucks me in by gathering all the blankets around me and then up near my neck because I really like the idea of being swaddled. It’s cozy to me. I probably look like Henry when he’s swaddled…tucked in with two comforters and a pillow, ha!

  • Brenda July 14, 2012, 2:20 pm

    I have to tell you a little story. I was vacationing in NH this week with my inlaws. When I saw how flippin cute Henry looked all swaddled up, I had to show him off to the family. I said, “Look how cute he looks!” (of course, I acted like I actually know you!) My MIL said, “You mean she.” I said, “No, it’s a boy.” She said, “That baby is wearing pink.” So I looked back at the picture and noticed Henry had some pink on. I thought nothing of it of course since I know your thoughts on gender. I then tried to explain that to my MIL but she seemed really bothered by it. I was really taken aback by her reaction. Are people THAT closed minded? How did she even notice the pink so quickly? And he’s a baby, it doesn’t matter what color his clothes are. And don’t people know that guys wear pink? Ugh, sorry about my little rant at the end. Have you experienced similar reactions by others?

  • Jolene ( July 14, 2012, 5:46 pm

    He looks so cute in his swaddle!!!

  • Katy @ HaveYouHurd July 16, 2012, 9:27 am

    I never was a picky sleeper until I met my husband. The room has to be FREEZING where he sleeps and he has to have some sort of noise (usually a fan). Now that we sleep like that all the time I’m starting to become dependent on cold and noise! I wonder if that will change when we have kiddies?

  • Panama July 17, 2012, 9:28 am

    YAY!!!! I’m happy to hear that it’s working for you 🙂 Waking up once at 4:30 isn’t bad at all! Hopefully that will stop too and she’ll sleep through the night as she feels more comfortable with her crib again. The white noise is amazing at how much it helps with my daughter, I’m glad it was able to help you out too!

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