How do I ween my 3mo. old from being swaddled? He won't sleep if he's not swaddled.

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Samantha - posted on 04/22/2009

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Don't stop swaddling if baby likes it! They say it is okay until they can roll over - then you should definitely stop. Rolling and moving about is good for them and allows them to go through all of their natural sleep cycles and movements. I wouldn't prevent that. However, you have a a few months before the rolling stage! We had about a 10 day adjustment period when we stopped swaddling. After that she slept fine without it. Good luck to you!!

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Kimberly - posted on 05/11/2011

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my opinion but i have been told over and over again swaddle as long as you can and especially at that young of age did you know 90% of all behavore problems are within the first three months doent mean you stop at three months.

Ashley - posted on 04/23/2009

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I had a similar issue with my daughter too. We swaddled her because if she startled in her sleep she would wake herself up. Eventually she got so wriggly that she would get her arms out of the swaddle no matter how tight we wrapped her. So against all advice I put her on her stomach. I know all the literature out there says you are not supposed to (and I'm a nurse, so I really know you aren't supposed to) but she could turn her head from side to side and slept so wonderfully after that I didn't worry too much. Now she rolls over from her back to her belly all the time in her crib and sleeps most soundly on her tummy. It worked for me!

Krissy - posted on 04/23/2009

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Have you tried swaddling him till he goes to sleep and then loosening the blankets. I had the same problem but after a while he got used to it. Now i only swaddle him if he is finding it very difficult to sleep. He's just hit 4 months.

Amanda - posted on 04/22/2009

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We swaddled our daughter until she was 5 1/2 months old. So if he is happy being swaddled I would stick with it. We had Madyson in a sleep positioner so she couldn't roll over!

Becky - posted on 04/22/2009

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if you really have to stop swaddling him maybe you should try a grow bag my son wears one and he loves it good luck

Emily - posted on 04/22/2009

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If he wants to be swaddled, then swaddle him. He's not too old for it at all. My son eventually grew out of the need on his own when he was 7 months old.

Toni - posted on 04/22/2009

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We got our son a grow bag, (its like a sleeping bag) then put a light sheet over him from his arm pits down the rest of his body and tucked it under the matress, so it was nice and snug he managed to get out of the sheet but not his grow bag as it zips up, we no longer need to put a sheet over him. Good luck!

Amy - posted on 04/22/2009

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My twins were about 2 and a half months when we stopped wrapping them because they would kick their way out and wake up crying because they got cold. We ended up buying baby sleeping bags for them and all we did at first was put a sheet over their legs and tuck it in so they still feel secure. Now they just sleep with the sleeping bags and with a blanket over top when its cold.

Marnae - posted on 04/21/2009

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I swaddled my son in a kiddopotamus swaddle wrap until he started to roll over. Then (per pediatrician's advice) started putting him in bed with a blanket/comforter tucked in really tightly on the sides. He took it pretty well. Once he started rolling over he didn't want to be constricted anymore and the startling had stopped so the transition was fairly easy at that point. I understand your concern though, I was worried about the rolling over thing too. Maybe I close blanket could help? Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 04/21/2009

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Quoting Cassie:

Is there a reason you want to stop swaddling your son? If he sleeps best swaddled, then I think you are fine to continue doing so. I swaddled my daughter until she was a little over 5 months old. At that point she was "escaping" her swaddle within a few minutes so we decided to try putting her to bed without the swaddle and it was an easy transition. There is no harm in swaddling so if it allows your little man to sleep soundly, then continue swaddling. He will let you know when it is time to ditch the swaddle.



I agree Cassie , but if you are stuck and want to wean him there are those swaddler wraps you can by there arms can be in or out and they use velcro to wrap the baby however you like FIRST YEARS makes it I am sure there are other brands as well this works well is you arent great at swaddling also



My personal advice is take it while you get to swaddle and cuddle them they grow so fast and you can never go back soon he will be to busy to kiss cuddle hug or just lay with.

Esther - posted on 04/21/2009

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Quoting Cassie:

Is there a reason you want to stop swaddling your son? If he sleeps best swaddled, then I think you are fine to continue doing so. [  ] There is no harm in swaddling so if it allows your little man to sleep soundly, then continue swaddling.


Actually - there is harm in continuing the swaddle (unfortunately). Once they start rolling over, you cannot swaddle them anymore (at least not their arms) as it puts them at risk of suffocation (they could roll over & not be able to roll back)

Katherine - posted on 04/21/2009

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Some babies like to be swaddled longer than others... up to 5, 6, 9 months of age. Just keep them in a sleep positioner when they start rolling over. My daughter gets her arms out within about 4 hours, but still sleeps through the night.. she won't go to sleep unless fully swaddled. She is almost 4 months old now.

Cassie - posted on 04/21/2009

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Is there a reason you want to stop swaddling your son? If he sleeps best swaddled, then I think you are fine to continue doing so. I swaddled my daughter until she was a little over 5 months old. At that point she was "escaping" her swaddle within a few minutes so we decided to try putting her to bed without the swaddle and it was an easy transition. There is no harm in swaddling so if it allows your little man to sleep soundly, then continue swaddling. He will let you know when it is time to ditch the swaddle.

Esther - posted on 04/21/2009

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I had the same problem with my son. I dreaded having to take him out of the swaddle and was praying he woulnd't start rolling over too soon because I knew that would be the end of my swaddling days. I don't know what you use to swaddle him but we were using the miracle blanket. When my son did start to roll over and we had to face the music, I started to only swaddle his body, not his arms (I just improvised with wrapping it around him under his arms). It's not the same and my son most definitely didn't sleep as well as he did fully swaddled, but it did help. Eventually (after about 2 weeks) he was OK sleeping without the swaddle alltogether. Good luck!

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