Do you swaddle your babies and if not what do you dress them in for bedtime?

Nicole - posted on 07/27/2011 ( 41 moms have responded )

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Do you still swaddle your babies and if not what do you dress them in for bedtime?

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Elizabeth - posted on 12/07/2011

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I use a swaddle sac and I have a couple of "bag" outfits. They keep my little girl toasty!

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Jacqueline - posted on 12/12/2011

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i stopped swaddling my son when he learned how to suck his thumb so that was about a month old lol, he would get mad if i tried to wrap him up and he couldnt get his thumb in his mouth...now he is 8 months old and i usually dress him in a sleeper for bedtime.

Sharlene - posted on 12/05/2011

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well my baby 7 months old preemie and hates swaddle ,we call it in Aust wrapp ' LOL .I put baby in a full bonds suit and sleeping bag .cheers

Kelsey - posted on 12/05/2011

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Both of my kids hated being swaddled. My 2 month old liked it until we left the hospital..maybe I was doing it wrong? I think he just doesn't like being confined. They make outfits now that have closed bottoms and zip up to keep your baby warm! Babies can easily pull blankets over their heads & get caught in them. I only use blankets for naptime when I can watch him.

Natalia - posted on 12/04/2011

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I wrapped both my girls for the first week or two but they both slept better with their hands up by their face so I stopped wrapping.
To sleep at night I dressed them in a snugglesuit (extra long nightie) or pj's with a body suit underneath or just an all-in-one suit.
Depends on the temperature too. Last night was really hot so I dressed Eliana (my three month old) in just a short sleeved body suit but she does have little pj's and nighties. I think it's good to have seperate clothes for day and night. During the day she sleeps in her clothes or just a body suit.

Shelley - posted on 12/02/2011

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I swaddled mine right up until they can roll over so about 5 months, then i just put a thick sleeper on them at night because mine tends to root around alot and dont keep the blankets on. a sleep sack might work good for you too!!

Kelly - posted on 11/03/2011

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I was swaddling my LO until she started wiggling out of the blanket. I took that as her cue that she wanted her hands free. However she did cry until I re-swaddled her. So I started out with a tight swaddle and as the days progressed went a little looser until I was only swaddling her from her belly down. Once I got to that stage I started loosening the swaddle again until no swaddle blanket! It took a couple of weeks but now my LO enjoys sleeping w/o a swaddle blanket. It even allows me a little extra sleep because when she wakes up in the morning she enjoys playing in her crib.

Amanda - posted on 11/01/2011

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That's too funny. This stage is fun because they are just discovering there feet and how to play. She kicks her blankets off her as well. But you have to remember they wear the same amount of clothing as we do so there's no need to double up on clothing. If your hot or cold chances are they are too.

Vera - posted on 11/01/2011

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Not anymore. He hates having his feet covered with a blanket. He is happy just having a sleeper on and a blanket thrown over him.

Amanda - posted on 10/31/2011

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I swaddled her up to two months old and she just wanted to be free. I put her in a cozy sleeper with her knitted blanket on top. She loves it and just dozes off to sleep. She also likes the gro bags.

Nichole - posted on 10/30/2011

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Dressing a baby for nighttime always seems to be a difficult task. Are they warm enough. Did I overdress them...etc. After overthinking it you have to follow the old suggestion of dressing them one layer more than you. My baby stopped wanting to be swaddled basically right when we brought him home. His hands always had to be free. I would dress him in a onesie and than pajamas wth long sleeves and feet. The zipper ones are the best because changing is a breeze versus all those buttons. If you keep your house cooler than get the pajamas that are thicker and vice versa if you keep your house warmer. I also like the sacks bc it allows their little legs and feet to move as they like but yet they are comfortable covered up. Every baby is different to what they like. I m sure whatever you are doing is going to be just fine.

Denikka - posted on 10/25/2011

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Never really swaddled. Not for sleep anyways. When my son was really young (under 3 months) I would occasionally swaddle while he was awake and sometimes he'd like it, sometimes he wouldn't so much.
Never really swaddled my daughter at all.
As for sleep, both my kids over heat like you wouldn't believe.
I started out dressing my son in a light cotton sleeper, but he'd over heat and wait up DRENCHED in sweat (we could wring his sleeper out after peeling it off him) So that ended quickly. Then we tried a light t-shirt and light PJ pants. Still too warm, even in cool weather (he was born in March). Eventually he ended up just sleeping in a diaper (I should mention that we cosleep, so he was also under the blankets)
He's now 2.5 yrs old and sleeps either in a t-shirt and diaper, t-shirt and super thin PJ pants, or just a diaper depending on the weather. He also doesn't sleep with a blanket. He starts out with one, but as soon as he's asleep, he kicks it off. If you try to put it back on while he's asleep, he gets really mad :P
My daughter (9mo) is the same way as my son and also over heats easily, so she sleeps in only a diaper, like my son did at her age :)

Kalisa - posted on 10/25/2011

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My baby boy is doing the same he wiggles out of the swaddle. I usually swaddle him when he is very fussy, that seems to help calm him. Luckily, when he does wiggle out of the swaddle he keeps sleeping. He moves a lot in his sleep.

Caitlandt - posted on 10/18/2011

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I do not swaddle my daughter she hates her arms being confined so I dress her in a warm sleeper and put her to bed

Joanie - posted on 10/18/2011

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My 4 mos old son sleeps in just sleepr pajamas (with the feet) and he is sleeping 10-12 hrs a night. I tried the swaddle blankets at first but he kept breaking out of them.

Eboni - posted on 10/14/2011

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well my baby is too big for swaddling now lol he'll just kick the blankets off of him because he doesnt like to be covered up, so i put him a sleeper on, with a t-shirt onesie underneath it and socks on his feet

Amie - posted on 10/12/2011

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All I put her in is a onsie because it was summer when she was born. Then I would swaddle her.

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Yes!! I've tried a couple swaddles and the swaddleme wrap he doesn't get out of. He gets out of all the others. He chills out pretty quickly when swaddled. He seems to get over stimulated when not. I swear by the SwaddleMe :)

Jodi - posted on 10/05/2011

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We tried swaddling our son when he was first born(he is nearly 4 months) but soon realized he like his arms and feet free and he got to hot so now we just dress him in his footsie pajamas and cover him with a light blanket

Victoria - posted on 10/05/2011

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I swaddle Ali in her wrap that came along with her Halo; she seems to sleep better with that. She used to sleep in her Halo til she outgrew it, now she just sleeps in a bodysuit or gown with her wrap around her :).

Jennifer - posted on 10/04/2011

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No, once a baby can roll over it is not safe to swaddle anymore. My son is hot natured but, I dress him in a full sleeper and will add socks or a fuzzy sleeper as the weather indicates.

Stephanie - posted on 10/04/2011

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My son doesn't like to be swaddled (he gets mad when he can't use his hands. He sleeps in a sleep sack or footy pj's.

Kristen - posted on 10/03/2011

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I barely swaddled either of my babies ... mainly because they would wiggle out of it! lol! I just dress them according to weather ... my boy, who is a winter baby wore lots of warm footie pjs, and my girl, who is a summer baby wore lots of onsies or just a diaper. The doctor said most parents make the mistake of over dressing a baby - their body temps run just about the same as us.

Sonya - posted on 09/28/2011

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BJ LOVED to be swaddles from newborn til about 4 months (hes 5 months now) he would probably still let us swaddle him but hes such a rolli polli now that we just cant he needs his hands...since theres no more swaddle we put him in a sleeper and a sleep sack he seems to love it and it keeps him warm

Melinda - posted on 09/25/2011

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Hi! I have twin boys and one of them just started sleeping unswaddled. The other one I have tried but his arms and legs go all over the place..He LOVES to be swaddled. We buy the velcro swaddles so they can't get out of them. The way I got my 1 son out is to swaddle with 1 arm out for a few nights..then both arms out.... once he seemed happy with that we had him out the entire way and he slept great. I havent worried so much about our other son and havent tried this yet b/c he just seems happier swaddled..Plus he's much smaller of the 2 so maybe that's why he still wants to be swaddled..As far as what they sleep in..The 1 swaddled just a footy sleeper.... The one not swaddled a short sleeve onesie underneith a footy sleeper. We keep it really chilly in the house!

Chelsea - posted on 09/21/2011

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I swaddled all of mine for a few weeks then just started to put them in regular pj's and would just cover them up with a thick blanket and they would sleep perfectly fine all night.

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I used to swaddle my daughter, but since she started getting completely unwrapped I quit. Now I put her in a blanket sleeper (light weight on warm nights, heavy on cool nights). If it's very warm in her room, I let her sleep in just a diaper. She tends to play instead of sleeping when I first lay her down every night, but within twenty minutes she is asleep.

Heidi - posted on 09/19/2011

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My baby girl will be 5 months this friday, and I still swaddler her with her left arm out (sucks her thumb) and she loves it. We're in Maine, and lately the nights have been chilly, so I will put a blanket on her bottom half. my son (who is 7 now) was also swaddled for a while.

Karen - posted on 07/31/2011

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I use the Muslin swaddle blankets..I love them! Not too warm and large enough to use for several more months if needed. My little one just turned 3 months and she likes to be swaddled with at least one arm out (she sucks her fingers). We are in Texas with 100 degree temps so I just have a onesie underneath.

Janessa - posted on 07/30/2011

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This baby I have because she likes it and sleeps better that way. I have only done that with one of my sons. My other 2 kids , wouldn't be swaddled from day 1 and so secrets out, we put them on their stomachs at 6 weeks. It was just what we did and it was what worked for us. Each child has been different. The one other one that we swaddled we swaddled until he was moving around, crawling and couldn't stay in anymore, just because that was the only way he slept. This little girl is proving to be the same way. When I don't swaddle them I typically dress them in warm pj's because of the AC in our house.

Kristin - posted on 07/28/2011

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Gave up swaddling via blankets by about 2 months. He became too long for any of our blankets and just kicked everything off. We are in FL and I have him sleep in footed pj's but also the non-footed style and put socks on him during the night bc of the ac. I have tucked a blanket around his furry positioner the last few nights but when I get him in the mornings, he has pushed himself all the way to corner of his crib... He's odd compared to my other 3, I think. He likes to be held tight during the day but at night he likes stretching out...which is why he was only able to stay in his bassinet for like 3 months.

Nicole - posted on 07/28/2011

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i only swaddled my babies wen i was in hospital, now i just tuck the blankets under the mattress, no issues n sleeps through the night

Rikki - posted on 07/28/2011

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we stopped swaddling our little boy when he was 5 weeks old, he kept wriggling his arms out of it so we gave up. He's slept fine without it doing 12 hours from 2 months old. It's winter here in NZ so he has full one piece pj's with a sleep sack and I put mittens on his hands to keep them warm.

Michelle - posted on 07/28/2011

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She didnt seem to mind her arms not being swaddled. We kept her in long sleeves with the covers over her fingers and positioned her on her side, which made a big difference so her arms didnt have a chance to move around too much. I think they feel like they are fallign when their arms are free. Do you position them on their sides? Maybe long sleeves and jsut the sack and see how it goes. I feel for you. How old are they?

Nicole - posted on 07/28/2011

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Michelle- When you stopped using the swaddle part of the sleep sack did she have trouble sleeping? My twins are only lightly swaddled with a blanket for their naps and sleep OK but not for longer than like 40 mins. (not sure if they're just cat nappers or their waking themselves) but at night we swaddle and they sleep great until anywhere from 12-2 when they get their arms out and cry until they're reswaddled. Not sure how to go about breaking them of the swaddle part unless we just do it on a weekend and stop "cold turkey" rather than one arm at a time?!?! I forsee them waking a lot whenever we do it :-( Also we live in Ca and it gets pretty warm and they have a ceiling fan so I wasn't sure if their arms would get cold if we just did the sleep sack, or if we should scratch the sleep sacks altogether and go with footed Pjs. All I know is my husband and I are exhausted and something needs to change soon :-)

Michelle - posted on 07/28/2011

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I used the sleep sacks/swaddles and after a month she became Houdini and would get out of them all of the time. I bought the onesies with the sleeves and used the sleep sack without the attachement. Eventually she hated her legs being confined. We put her in feetie pajamas and a light blanket below the waist and tucked it inot the crib on either side. That worked for a while until she got too strong and would get out of that. Now she just is in feetie pajamas, i gave up getting nervous of the blanket. Shes almost 4 months and is all over the crib so i cant put anything in there with her. ITs amazing how they get out of these contraptions I cant even figure out how to use LOL

Mrs. Standeline - posted on 07/28/2011

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I swaddled my son when he was a baby, but he was born in Dec. and he loved it. As for my daughter who was born in April, No. I tried for a couple of nights and she would wake up in a puddle of sweat, even with the AC on. I live in Florida. I put a thin material onesee on her and she seems to be ok with that.

Nicole - posted on 07/27/2011

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We are having the same issue with our twins. They sleep in a swaddle sleep sack and are fine until they wriggle their arms out and then they fuss until reswaddled. This happens off and on all night until 4 am when for some reason they BOTH get fidgety, fussy off and on and gassy until they wake around 7. Needless to say I'm exhausted and think it's time to break them of the swaddle and we're working on trying to find the cause of gas at 4 in the morning?!?!?!

Sharon - posted on 07/27/2011

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YES! and he keeps getting out, waking himself up, and not settling until he is rewrapped. Our first boy HATED being swaddled, this guy REFUSES to sleep at night without being swaddled. Daytime naps are ok, but once the sun sets he knows and won't sleep for more than about 10mins without it. I have just bought a 'wrap me up' so hopefully that will stop his little arms escaping. He just sleeps in PJ's under the wrap...full piece ones on the really cold nights and summery style ones on the not so cold nights (we are in Australia). I pop a light blanket over the bottom half of him too (which will come out once he starts moving.

My other guy slept in alot of rompers in summer time and no blankets.

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