When should you stop swaddling babies???

Lauri - posted on 08/19/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I have a 4 month who weighs about 14 lbs and seems to love being swaddled but is starting to move around a lot in the crib. She winds up moving so much that she ends up being in the crib sideways and touching the sides with her head. I'm scared that she is going to hurt herself. I tried 2 separate times,once about a month and a half ago and once a couple of weeks ago, to let her go to bed without being swaddled and she cried for a little bit then fell asleep but only slept for 20 to 30 minutes. She usually sleeps for 3 to 4 hours for her nap. I am open to suggestions!!! Thanks.

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Elizabeth - posted on 08/19/2009

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would one of those 'safety sleep' things work? they wrap around the mattress and then around bubbas torso so they can't wriggle around in their sleep. we've bought one for our little one (who also likes being swaddled and has a habit of attempting to sleep at crazy angles) but we accidentally bought one that won't fit her bassinet, so we can't use it until she's big enough for her cot.

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i stopped swaddling at 2 months. Savanah does not like to be confined like that. she is now 5 months and still no swaddling



but i really do think it is up to you & your childs needs/wants

*anne*

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Colleen - posted on 08/20/2009

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Quoting Chelsey:

They have these I guess the look like bumper pads but it goes on both sides of your baby to keep them from rolling over in the crib. I use them and my daughter wiggles alot and it seems to keep her from moving around in the crib. You can find them at Babies R Us if you have one of their stores near you.



I have one of these.  My son still managed to get out of it so we stopped using it :)

Colleen - posted on 08/20/2009

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I was told that once the baby is active and can physically kick a blanket off him/her, then it's time to stop swaddling. For mine, that was before we even left the hospital :)

Lauri - posted on 08/20/2009

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Thank you so much for all of your suggestions they were very helpful. I love this Circle of Moms page it is a great thing to have and so helpful in so many ways. As a matter of fact my daughter is taking a nap now and I did put the sweddle on with her arms out again like I have tried before and she is doing quite well. I think she knew I was asking all of you this question. LOL! I guess I will see how it goes from here on out. Thanks again!!

Chelsey - posted on 08/20/2009

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They have these I guess the look like bumper pads but it goes on both sides of your baby to keep them from rolling over in the crib. I use them and my daughter wiggles alot and it seems to keep her from moving around in the crib. You can find them at Babies R Us if you have one of their stores near you.

Jacqueline - posted on 08/20/2009

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Hi Lauri!
You know I had just asked some of my mom friends this very same question! Basically you just need to try putting her down for a night or two without the swaddle and see how she does. I myself have a 13 week old. I kept her swaddled from day one. Somewhere around six weeks we stopped for a week because she really seemed to dislike her swaddle and I noticed she didn't seem to be sleeping as long or as well. Back on went the swaddle (I make sure to put it on her while she is awake but drowsy and she doesn't fight it as much). Just 4 nights ago I decided to try to let her sleep without the swaddle again. She had been waking up for a week now Houdini-ing her way out of her swaddle no matter how tight I made it. So the next night I put her to bed without it. She did exceptional the next two nights. Last night was a different story... I think I am going to try her again tonight without it and see how we do. I have a large size swaddle standing by! Good luck!

Sumi - posted on 08/19/2009

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My twins were swaddled until they could roll over (they could roll over while swaddled which was too much of a hazard), so about 5 or 6 months. My daughter adjusted fine to being unswaddled but my son objected. It took several sleepless nights before we figured out to swaddle him with his arms out of the swaddle (so still use the swaddle on his lower body but not put his arms in). This way, when he rolled over, his arms were free to roll him back. It worked for him and for us. We continued doing that until he outgrew his swaddle and them we switched him to a sleep sack and that is working fine since it seems to be when his legs are too free that he wakes himself up.

Lauri - posted on 08/19/2009

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Thank you. My only problem is that she is starting to move a lot in the crib and she ends up sideways and her head is hitting the side of the crib and I'm scared she's going to hurt herself.

Tina - posted on 08/19/2009

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I don't think there's a fixed point in time when you should stop swaddling them. As long as she needs it to sleep better it's probably ok to keep swaddling. She'll complain I am sure once she doesn't like it anymore.

My baby is 3 months old and slept fine from the beginning on without being swaddled, but I know of babies who have been swaddled for quite a while...

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