How long to swaddle

Gina - posted on 03/14/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 4 months old and still has to be in a swaddle to get to sleep. Last night was the first time she ever slept all night with one arm outside of her swaddle. She still woke up a few times through the night but was able to go back to sleep. I am afraid this may be a one night thing. Any tips on how to help her out of a swaddle would be great! :)

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Gabriella - posted on 08/04/2014

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Thanks for the link. I too was afraid of the effects swaddling could have on a child limbs. I found www.Zipadeezip.com swaddles addressed this concern of mine. Check it out. I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Katy - posted on 07/28/2014

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Hi, I’m Katy! So glad that I came across this chat room. I’m looking forward to talking with other moms.

Gina - posted on 03/14/2010

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thanks for all the good info. I like to swaddle her cause I know that she will sleep well for several hours. I just worry about her mobility and if I am restricting her motor skills from developing at night. She was so cute last night with her arm covering her face as she slept. That is the first time I ever saw her sleep peacefully with her arm out. Of course my other problem is she sleeps in her swing. But I am not going there! LOL She has digestive issues and she throws up if layed on her back. Even with reflux pad in crib she will scoot off it and then I find lots of spit up. So till I get done with her GI appointment she will be in that swing sleeping peacefully for several hours. :)

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P.S. You probably shouldn't swaddle once she can roll over but until then I don't think there's any harm......

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Hi Gina! I wouldn't think there's a problem with swaddling her still? I'm not an expert though! That being said, I NEVER swaddled my daughter......I sucked at doin it and she would always squirm out of it so after a couple days of tryin when she was first home from the hospital I just didn't anymore! LOL! I sound lazy, right!? Anyhow, I would suggest establishing a bedtime routine with her if you haven't already........since my daughter was home from the hospital it's always been BATH, BOTTLE ( BREAST ), BEDTIME........after her bath she would get a relaxing massage, maybe read a story.....cuddle etc. and then she would have her bottle and we'd just lay her down! I'm lucky because she took to it from day one! Give it a try......you just wanna make her feel cozy wherever she's sleeping.......bassinette, crib....etc. Try and get her used to a certain fleeze blanket or stuffy



Good luck!

Amy - posted on 03/14/2010

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we had to stop at about 3 1/2 months because our daughter was already rolling all over the place and would constantly get out of the swaddle...so it was more of a safety issue...we had a rough couple of nights with her constantly getting up. but now at 8 months she sleeps right through the night no problems...we also have the white noise that we play for her (you dont have to wean them off of that, it even helps me sleep because i can hear it in the baby monitor) good luck

Regina - posted on 03/14/2010

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We just took our daughter out (she just turned 5 months). We had tried a couple of times before, and she'd wake up every 3-5 hours, even though she normally sleeps 11 hours at night. What worked best was to do what you did, one arm out for a few nights, then both arms, then feet out. Our daughter actually forced our hand by beginning to turn onto her tummy in her sleep but if that hadn't happened, we would have done a sleep sack as the next slept. Last night was the 3rd night she's slept all night without the swaddler. I think it was a matter of her being ready, but the "weaning" helped too.

Nikki - posted on 03/14/2010

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Do you not want to swaddle her? or are you worried that you shouldn't be swaddled? Not sure about how to get them out of the habit, my daughter is also 4 months and is still swaddled, I spoke to my midwife as everyone keeps telling me I should have stopped at 3 months and she said if she is happy then leave it, she will grow out eventually, once they are able to roll make sure it is looser up the top so she can get her arms out if she needs, she said her grand son is still wrapped at 8 months. My daughter can get out of hers now but I still find it the best way to get to sleep. good luck

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