Ever since I stopped swaddling (just when LO found his thumbs) he puts himself to sleep 4 times out of 5. If I wait too long and he is overtired then he needs help, a little rocking shushing, patting but for almost every nap or bedtime for the past 5 days, I just put him in his crib, laying on his side, he sucks his thumb and falls asleep. He almost always turns onto his back himself but I watch from the video monitor and if he doesn't before I'm ready to go to bed, I just slowly roll him backwards and he doesn't wake up.
Everytime I would take the swaddle off he was super sweaty and hot. His face would be chilly and his legs would seem ok but his midsection and back were roasting. I tried several swaddle materials, pj combinations and room temps. He is such a hot box I think the swaddle was just too much fabric for him that he kept waking up fussing from being too hot.
He used to lose his paci 10 times before he'd fall asleep for good and I would have to go upstairs 10 times over about 30 minutes and keep putting it back in. I'm so ok with him self soothing with his thumb. He will not be sucking his thumb at ten years old, I can assure that won't happen! But we'll cross that bridge if we need to.
I know all babies are different and LO certainly needed swaddling in the beginning because of crazy arms. Thoguht this might help some other mommas. Maybe give it a try?