My baby still sleeps in her swaddle blanket!

Hillary - posted on 06/03/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 6 months old and wont sleep unless shes in her velcro swaddle blanket. i feel like shes too old for it now and i have tried to put her on her back and her tummy but she moves around and lifts her head up so much she wont fall asleep. in her swaddle she sleeps all night but i feel like shes getting to old for it, and she gets hot. she also will only take naps in her swing. i feel like i may have developed some bad habbits. is she too old and how do it i break these habbits?

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Erin - posted on 06/03/2009

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Esther has just said exactly what I was going to lol. My daughter LOVED to be swaddled, therefore I LOVED it too as she was sleeping through pretty much from birth. As Esther said it is actually recommended that you stop using the swaddle once the baby can roll over as it can be a hazard. My daughter was rolling belly to back for weeks and weeks and I tried (and failed) to take the swaddle off many times by following the method outlined above (ie, loosen swaddle, then one arm out, then both etc). Because my daughter wasn't rolling back to front yet I was willing to give her a bit more time. And then the very day she rolled back to front she refused the swaddle! She's now 4 months and goes down by herself for 11-12 hours.

Esther - posted on 06/03/2009

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Hi Hillary - My son was a swaddling addict too (and so was I since I appreciated the extra sleep it got me). However, I stopped using it when he started to roll over since those were the manufacturers instructions. What helped us somewhat is that we still swaddled his body tightly, just not his arms. It didn't work as well as the full swaddle of course, but it did help some. I've also heard moms who would take out one arms first and then the next. You could give that a try too.

Tara - posted on 06/03/2009

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There's nothing wrong with it. It probably makes her feel safe and secure. I still wrap up my twins when they go to sleep, and they are 17 months. Mind you, by morning time, they have wiggled out of them!

Amy - posted on 06/03/2009

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Hey Hillary! I don't think it's a problem if she wants to be swaddled. my daughter is almost five months old and, unfortunately, too big for the swaddlers that i have. I did, however, find blanket sleepers that are long enogh for her. and i generally put on a onsie t-shirt and her socks for sleeping when it's really warm out so she's not too hot. she wiggles too much to have a blanket on (it ends up covering her face) but she likes to have something on. i was always told that babies like to be swaddled in some fashion b/c they like the safe feeling it gives them. i feel that whatever gets them throug the night, go with it. it's not hurting her and is probably keeping her safe (since she can't wiggle around and get stuck, etc) as for the swing...my little one will take naps in the swing, her bouncer, or crib. i generally let her lead the way with that. if ur worried that she will get back problems from sitting that way, talk with ur doctor. i dont' think it's a problem but i'm not an expert. my sister's daughter slept in her carseat and then her bouncer until she was several months old. they tried a bunch of things to get her to sleep in the bassinet but she was having none of it. (for over night sleeping that is)

Kari - posted on 06/03/2009

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hey hun if it makes you feel better Ava will only sleep in her swing for naps as well...if i put her in her bed she doesnt even sleep half as long as she does in her swing...if Sky gets to hot in her swaddle you could always just put her in a diaper for bed time and maybe that will help with that.....

JoLona - posted on 06/03/2009

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I think she will in time, she might just get tired of it as the other girl said

Hillary - posted on 06/03/2009

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when she is on her back she lifts her head up and her legs and laughs and WILL NOT calm down i have tried over and over but she has never layed on her back unless shes in her blanket and when i lay her on her tummy she lifts her head up and crawls to the other end of the bed until she starts crying because her head is right at the boards of the bed. she likes to be swaddled im just wondering how she will ever grow out of it i dont make her.

Angie - posted on 06/03/2009

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My daughter also needs swaddled. She is 7 months old and wakes herself up at night itching so swaddling stops this. She was not fond of swaddling until she started itching now it's hard to get her to sleep without swaddling.

Sarah - posted on 06/03/2009

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Hi Hillary! my eldest was the same, she slept in her swaddle for ages!! eventually tho around 7 months i think, she started waking up in the night and she'd kicked out of her swaddle, so would re-swaddle her. after like two nights i decided to try her without and she slept straight through! i swaddled my youngest too, and about 5 months i just stopped and put her in a baby sleeping bag instead and to my extreme surprise, she slept just as well without it!

i guess my advice to you is, just try her without the swaddle and try putting her in her cots for naps and you might be surprised! :)

JoLona - posted on 06/03/2009

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As you know Justice is also 6 months, I say probley start with the naps first ans trying to get her to sleep in her crib. Eventually she will get it and take naps in her crib. As fas as the swaddling I don't see that as a problem if thats how she like to sleep then why not let her. But I am not an expert so I dont know, just offering my advice!

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