How long do you swaddle baby for?

Brandie - posted on 07/28/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My baby is 4 1/2 wks old....I was just wondering how long other mothers swaddle their babies for? She is growing really fast. She was 6#9oz at birth and is now close to 10#. So, her receiving blankets are getting small for her. I do still swaddle her, but she doesn't like her arms in there.

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Lindsey - posted on 07/30/2009

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i swaddled until i couldn't get her to fit correctly in a regular receiving blanket which was probably about 2 months she was born in winter and she really like being wrapped so i did it bc she slept great too. you can swaddle im sure until they start moving themself out of it..really isn't a right time to stop and amount of time to do it..if your baby likes it enjoy the time

Samantha - posted on 07/28/2009

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I know this seems weird but my daughter wanted to be swaddled until almost 6 months old. She was way to big for the swaddling blankets and I eventually had to fake the swaddle. One day I just didn't swaddle her and put a blanket on her and she seemed to be okay with it.

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Greer - posted on 08/04/2009

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wrapping for sleep it suggested that you can wrap an infant till 11 months use a large cot sheet or blanket or muslin cloth(depending on the weather) place one hand by her side and wrap one coner over under her stomache then place the other hand by her side and tuck under her back, tuck her feet in. she may not like it but if she will be able to go to sleep with out waking her self up and mines nearly 6 months she has her last feed for the day at 730 is in bed asleep by 8 has 1 feed at 12 then sleeps till 5 or 6...do you follow sids guidelines of placing feet at the end of the cot giving them room to wiggle up if they are too hot and not wriggling too far down if they are too cold

Lacey - posted on 08/03/2009

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My kids were swaddle kids. I have a 3 yr old and 4 month old. We still swaddle my 4 month old. He starts off great but shortly after falling asleep he is completely out of the swaddle blanket. He is all over the place. I think he tends to wake himself up but for some reason he wont stay swaddled for long. I am going to also try those sacks for the sake of him not getting cold and me not having to worry about constantly covering hime when he un-swaddles himself. He also kick blakets off if I just lay a blanket on him. My daughter was pretty much the same way, and now she hates blankets. She kicks them completely off at night. Haha. So I think its whatever your baby is comfy with. I would recommend trying the sacks too.

Cassandra - posted on 07/31/2009

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no u dont have to if you dont want i mean i havent had my lil one yet but i have raised pleanty of lil ones so its your choice if you do it or not

Nicola - posted on 07/31/2009

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my first child had one for about 21/2 mths,but my second i tryed it but she moves around to much and sleeps better without it , it depends on what the child feels best with...

Louise - posted on 07/30/2009

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I think Zoey was six weeks when we stopped swaddling and went to sleeping bags/gro-bags. And we never looked back. She slept through the night not long after we put her into the sleeping bag.

Brooke - posted on 07/29/2009

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My daughter is 6 months old and is still swaddled lol.. yes she escapes but its the only way to get her to sleep. If her arms aren't wrapped up really tight she keeps herself awake and then just screams cause she is so tired.

Kari - posted on 07/28/2009

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We had to stop swaddling my daughter at about 8 weeks because the heat at night was way too hot and I feared she would have heat exhaustion. I just put her in a light onzie in the crib. First night was a disaster. Then we tried a new idea. I rolled 2 long towels and put them around her body in a curved triangle shape. Then I tucked in a blanket (folded in half) waist down. The blankets did not touch her skin, allowing for the air to circulate so she wouldn't over heat but still restricted her movement. Worked like a charm. I still do it every night and nap time. She is 3 months old now. Good luck to you!

Hannah - posted on 07/28/2009

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if your baby moves a lot then i wouldn't close her arms in bc that would cause the blanket to just unbundle n possibly come off of her all the way. i used long n narrow cylinder pillows to keep my girls in place in their crib, but make sure the pillows stop at her shoulders to prevent suffocation. you can make these pillows yourself with old pillowcase n stuffing from a new pillow. if you want to know i can post it, which is long. if not then try the method the following mom suggested (under me).



at close to two months your daughter should sleep fine without swaddling...

Brandie - posted on 07/28/2009

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GREAT! Thanks for all the info. I do have some of the sleep sacks and the swaddlers sacks. I'll have to try them.

Amber - posted on 07/28/2009

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Hey Brandie....my son was also 6lbs, 9oz when he was born. We actually swaddled him to sleep at night until he was about 4 months old. We tried not doing it a couple nights and it was a diaster. We finally had to stop about 2 weeks ago because he has mastered rolling from back to tummy. You can get these things called Swaddlers from target, walmart, babies r us and they work perfectly. If she likes to have her arms free, you can get a sleep sack that allows the baby to move around a little more, but keeps them protected and still gives them the same comfort as being swaddled. They are available at the same stores I mentioned above.

Minnie - posted on 07/28/2009

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I've never swaddled either of my infants. They don't need it if you're going to carry them in a sling- that does the trick and keeps them where they want and need to be- on your body.

Stephanie - posted on 07/28/2009

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Our son was the same! We tried swaddling him for the first month, but it got to be so that he hated having his arms all closed in... he is like an escape artist! Now, we will swaddle him if he gets cold or is really cranky, and at those times, he'll accept having his arms closed in. Micah is just over 3 months now. I do know that you can buy different sized swaddling blankets at some stores, like Babies R Us.

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