When should we stop swaddling and/or using a positioner to put baby to sleep?

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Just curious. My little 3.5 moth old wiggler doesn't stay swaddled most of the time anymore - blanket's too small, I think - but I know we're not supposed to cover him with blankets, either, so how should we put him to bed now? I'm afraid just laying him down with nothing is going to be shocking to him and we'll start at square one of him sleeping through the night...

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Melissa - posted on 01/07/2009

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They have these little swaddling things at babys r us...and their feet go in a little pouch and these little wings velcro around them...it was so helpful once our babies were able to get out of a regular blanket...We swaddled them to they were about 4 1/2 months old..its been a few weeks since we stopped and they are doing great! The brand is kiddopotamus....I'm telling you they are wonderful..and this way if they somehow get the velcro undone it just opens up...it won't get in their faces or anything. Let me know how it works out for you

Heather - posted on 01/06/2009

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Wow, and i thought i knew everything i needed to know. Well Sarah, thanks for the answer cause i honestly had no idea why swaddling was needed past a few weeks. Noah never liked to be swaddled anyway, and i have no problems so far with him sleeping through the night. As far as startling, thats funny because i remember him doing that and i read a post that someone put up one time saying that they thought the startling came from a vaccination their son got. That made me really nervous. Makes sense what your saying. Thanks again

Mary - posted on 01/06/2009

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My son is 4 months and busting out of his halo sack so we decided it was time to transition out. We started putting him on his tummy at night while using a motion sensor baby monitor and that seems to work as well as the swaddle. Sleeping on the tummy prevents that startle reflex - at least with my son. But I definitely would not recommend without a motion sensor monitor.

Sara - posted on 01/05/2009

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In response to Heather A: some infants really love to be swaddled, it calms them down and makes them feel like they are in utero. After all - they spent 9 months in a warm cocoon. You know how we have those dreams we have when we're just drifting off to sleep that makes us feel like we are falling, and we startle ourselves awake? Infants (particularly younger than 3 months) have that startle reflex anytime they can't control their arms and legs. Some kids are more sensative to it than others. Swaddling helps with that reflex, and makes the infant feel more safe and secure, and better able to rest.

Karen - posted on 01/05/2009

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I second the Kiddopotomus swaddle me's - they come in 2 sizes - the larger is for 15 lbs and up (not sure the upper limit). We still swaddle our daughter in the larger swaddles - so far she hasn't been able to break free of the velcro. I would like to get her out of them, so every now and then I swaddle her with one arm out to see if she sleeps as well, but so far, it seems to wake her up more.

Heather - posted on 01/05/2009

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I never swaddle my son. I probably only did it for the first 3 weeks or so. As soon as he wasn't having it i didn't do it. Are you suppose to this long? What would the reason be for doing this?

Sara - posted on 01/04/2009

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I have two suggestions:

1 Sleep sacks. Halo makes nice fleece ones, and your baby can kick all he wants to. There are other, less expensive brands once you know what you're looking for.

2. A bigger swaddling blanket. I was lucky enough to find 2 40"x40" flannel ones on clearance when my baby was a newborn, and they were a lifesaver! Since then, I've found these 47x47 ones on sale at babysteals.com: http://www.adenandanais.com/



If sinking money into it isn't your style, I've heard the other recommendation that if you ARE going to cover your baby with a blanket, make sure it is tucked into the sides of the crib, holding baby down tightly. Good luck!

Lauren - posted on 01/04/2009

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My 4 month old is the same. She wiggles out most nights. My doctor said that meant it was time to get rid of the swaddle and start using the wearable blankets. I am scared to start too. She is sleeping through the night and I don't want to mess that up.

Angela - posted on 01/03/2009

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The hospital I delivered at sent a book home with me that said not to swaddle after 1month because it will hinder development...dont know if that is true- I know many moms that still swaddle and it works for them. For her naps I put a blanket on Grace....for nighttime sleeping i just put her in a warm night sleeper.

Loni - posted on 11/21/2008

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Mine wiggles out of EVERYTHING... blankets, babybags, the positioner (he moves up and turns perpendicular, don't ask how!!). Doc says as long as he is warm he doesn't need anything... I just have him in sleepers...

Shelley - posted on 11/20/2008

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there is a great prduct out there by kiddopotamus---- it's a swaddler!!! pop em in it and velcro it shut..... no getting out !!!! friend gave it to me when baby was getting arms out the receiving blanket swaddle ---- i now have 3!!!! sold at toys r us --- awesome

Sarah - posted on 11/16/2008

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I have just begun transition my little one (3 month one week) from swaddle to regular sleeping clothes (a sleep sac or just footie pjs). It took about a week for less restful sleep - ie he was sleeping at least 6 hours straight on regular nights and when we made the switch he went back to 2-4 hour shifts - but now he seems to be getting back into the rhythm of a 6 hour stretch without the swaddle. We are still using the positioner but he wiggles out of it after the first hour! We will remove that next but only take one step at the time. We do not use blankets but adjust the temp. in the house to make it comfortable for our son and still keep the fan on the lowest setting (A new study just came out saying a fan in the room can help reduce the risk of SIDS). Hope that helps.

Nicki - posted on 11/16/2008

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babies r us have a slleping bag-type thing with arm holes. i use that. or buy blanket sleepers. disney carries those. they both work great.

Kiyomi - posted on 11/15/2008

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My 3.5 month old is a wiggler/mover too! I have used a fleece blanket on her for a while now. She also sleeps in a sleep sack now (most are fleece, but not all). She usually moves out from under her blanket but at least she isn't completely uncovered if she does. The other night she actually turned 180 degrees from where I laid her down and still had part of the fleece blanket on her! I have found that the fleece doesn't get at cold as some of materials and since it is not directly touching her skin it doesn't really affect her much. I just tuck it under her arms and down her sides so that she feels secure.

Jo - posted on 11/15/2008

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my baby is the same age as yours but i suspect a lot larger he wears a fleece sleepsuit on top of his pj's with a duvet covering his tummy down he goes to bed at 7.30 and sleeps till 6.30. he is my third and they've each been different but always slept through you just need to find what your baby prefers

Abigail - posted on 11/15/2008

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I use a baby sleeping bag.(Grobag) Its great. It keeps my baby nice and warm and she can still throw her legs up in the air and the bag stays on and doesn't move. So no need to worry about stray blankets. Everyone over here(Ireland) uses them from about the 1st month until they are 3/4 years old.

Keely - posted on 11/14/2008

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My son is also about the same age and i can not get him to stay swaddled for anything. Try putting him to sleep ON a blanket and then laydown beside him and cuddle him till he falls asleep or holding him close and rocking him. When he is asleep, he wont be startled by chilly blankets since you have him loosely wrapped in on already and lay him down to sleep. He may wake up at first but just reassure him and let him know that this new stage is alright. And as far as covering with blankets, thats hogwash. Do what is right for your son and you. And if you are still nervous there is a type of moniter that moniters breathing. Place it under the crib mattress and if the baby stops breathing for more than a few seconds a shrill alarm goes off. I have one and it makes me feel much better. (its never gone off, but we did test it and it works) i hope this helps!

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