To swaddle or not to swaddle?

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I have heard so many great things about swaddling your baby. I swaddle my 5 week old baby girl and it really helps to calm her down and get her to sleep. My mother-in-law is insisting it's bad for the baby. It's making me crazy! Is everyone else out there swaddling??? Thoughts???

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Eleisha - posted on 10/17/2009

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I always swaddled my daughter from birth, not only because she had the startle reflex, also because she was a very active little girl and her arms and legs never stopped. Because it was coming into summer i have slowly stopped swaddling her (1 arm at a time). Now she sleeps unswaddled, and sleeps fine. It is totally up to you, it does them no harm, in fact it assures them they are safe... reminding them of being in the womb. Some babies don't even like it so, just see how she goes!!

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Michelle - posted on 10/18/2009

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Swaddling depends on the baby. My son would cry if he was swaddled. As a matter of fact when he was in the hospital it was like a battle between him and the nurses because he would do anything to un- swaddle himself. My daughter loved it. It's perfectly safe and can be comforting if it's what they want. It's not bad for your baby and as long as it's what they want I would think you should go for it. Enjoy it. They are only this age once.

Sara - posted on 10/18/2009

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Your MIL is crazy. =) When your child is in the womb, they are constantly warm, swaddled, moving and listening to your body noise that is louder than the sound of a vacuum cleaner. By all means, swaddle! There is a reason they do that at the hospitals. You're helping your baby feel safe and secure. When your infant is young, and you lay them on their backs NOT swaddled, they can't control their limbs, and often respond to a "startle" reflex, which is the same feeling you get when you're drifting off to sleep and feel like you're falling. As your baby's nervous system matures, she will eventually not need to be swaddled. You'll figure that out together (I think it was almost 6 months that I swaddled my girl... it just became part of our routine.)

We LOVED the book "The Happiest Baby on the Block" by Harvey Karp, MD
http://www.thehappiestbaby.com/excerpts_...

Jamie - posted on 10/17/2009

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We swaddle my daughter, she is 3 months and she sleeps through the night. She definitely sleeps longer swaddled. I tried during the day to leave her unswaddled when she was down for a nap and she only slept 45 min. and woke herself up (rubs her face,smacks her face ..)

Lynlee - posted on 10/17/2009

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We swaddled our son for several months and it definately helped him not only sleep better but feed better. When babies are young their arms and legs go crazy and it helped them to settle if they are wrapped. I was worried about how we would get our son used to no wrapping but my fears were groundless. We left the wrap off one night and he soothed himself with his fingers no worries.

Ania - posted on 10/17/2009

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I've been swaddling my daughter since birth (4 1/2 months) and she will not fall asleep without it. Some people say, that when swaddled, babies can't explore and learn the world. Well, they're supposed to be sleeping, not exploring; nobody keeps their babies swaddled all day long. My only worry is how she will sleep when she's too big for swaddling, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

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My 4 month old will not sleep unless he is wrapped tight! He knows that when he is wrapped its bed time and he always falls asleep woth minimal fussing.

my nurse said that this is fine and a good way to get him to sleep for longer because he doesnt have his arms flinching in his sleep and hitting himself in the head. She just said that once he can sit and roll over to start loosening the wrap a bit.

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