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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Michelle Duggar Parenting Secret: Babies & Sleep

Having raised nineteen kids, Michelle Duggar is constantly called upon to share her wisdom with other moms. One area of child-rearing that is rarely covered on the show has to do with infants and sleep. How Michelle get her newborns to sleep through the night?
Her secret is bundling, a technique that the mom of many picked up from the NICU nurses.
At first, the baby might fuss just a little bit because they were like "Ugh, I don't want to be bundled," writes Michelle in her latest Parentables post.

But then they would just kind of settle into it -- it was almost like they went "Ahh, this is wonderful." And they would sleep so good and so sound. And I found that when I would bundle them, they would really sleep to the point when it was time for them to nurse again.

To read more, visit TLC's Parentables site. 

Have you tried bundling?

15 Comments (Click Here to Add Yours):

Elise said...

Yes! Totally worked for us, too. We did all the "S" words - "sshh" -ing, swaddling, swaying and singing. Hopefully it will work for the next one!

Anonymous said...

I tried bundling with all 4 of my children. All 4 hated it..they would work and work their little arms to get them out of the blanket.

Ginger said...

Does she mean swaddling?

laurie said...

I did try bundling, as my mum showed me and it worked for all but one of my three babies, the one was having no part of it, she did not like it at all.I have no idea why, to this day, (she is 32, hates to feel confined) , isn't that something,

Lily and Ellie said...


Hey Ginger,

We have heard it referred to as swaddling, as well as bundling. Just two different ways to say the same thing.

Have a blessed day,
Lily and Ellie

Anonymous said...

I called it wrapping....whateveer it is called where ever it worked for me and my babies loved it..made them feel secure and safe, NOT that it helped my breastfeeding babies sleep any long all of them always woke for feeds ever 2-4 hours...xo Tanya from QLD Australia

Ginger said...

Thank you, Lily/Ellie. I had never heard the term bundling and wondered if it was somehow different.

Anonymous said...

WARNING. WARNING. Please look on the Internet and see where this is considered a dangerous practice that can lead overnight to problems with leg development. Please heed my warning -- this is also called "swaddling" and it is now considered extremely dangerous to newborns.

Anonymous said...

I have a little one month old and she loves being bundled, all except her feet. She loves the blanket super tight around her body but refuses to calm down if it is tucked up for her feet to be kept tight :) and the Shhh Shhhh Shhh while rocking her in a glider rocking chair puts her right to sleep :)

Sophia said...


I did some research, and as long is you do it correctly, which I'm sure Michelle does, swaddling is just fine. Here's an article I found:

Anonymous said...

My kids never liked to be bundled. They were only content being in contact with me as babies. All 8 of them. They would kick and squirm till they were out of the blanket and none of them slept more than 2-3 hours at time for the entire 2 years I nursed them. Most of them won't even keep a blanket on them now.

rms said...

I remember growing up Mom said the nurses tried it and I had a fit! I was a preemie but I moved all over that incubator and did not want to be bundled so I couldn't kick or wave.
Same thing once I was home, I would have none of it.
My son never liked it either.

hannah said...

I foun out through The Duggar family sute

Deb Adamson said...

What is your thoughts about allowing babies to sleep with mom and dad in their bed? My grandchild is so accustom to sleeping in her parents bed that she will not settle down to sleep unless she's sleeping with her parents. Is this healthy?

Anonymous said...

What time do Jim Bob and Michelle put their older children to bed - and what time do they get up in the morning? We homeschool, and we are having some trouble with this.

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