Swaddling

Cecilia - posted on 11/29/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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My daughter is now 4 months old and i hae swaddled since she was born, it seems like the only way to relax her and she is also a very spastic baby she will instintley throw her arms around while she is sleeping and wake herself up. i have got alot of chrtisisem (or however u spell it)from people who keep telling me shes to big for that and y do i keep doing it. i love how it relaxs and calms her. but store bought recieving blankets are way to small and those miracle blankets on the internet are to expensive. so i just wanted eeryones thought on if they still are what r they using, or when and how did you wean your babys swaddling? and is there any hope to get her to sleep with out swaddling!?! o and practically everytime she breaks out of her swaddle unless im holding her

Thank you

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Krista - posted on 12/03/2010

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Along with hip dysplasia, once your child gets to the age in which he or she can roll over, swaddling becomes dangerous because they can not lift their heads and may suffocate.
I stopped swaddling my daughter a few weeks ago (she'll be 5 months on the 18th of this month) and she's adjusted fantastically. What's more is that she can now put herself to sleep. I just put her in her sleep sack and she talks herself to sleep.

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Gabriella - posted on 08/06/2014

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Whats your budget for the swaddling suits/blankets? I paid somewhere between 25-35 for my LO's at www.sleepingbaby.com In fact, I actually ordered it overnight. I could not go a day longer with out enough sleep. hehe

Katy - posted on 07/31/2014

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Hi, I’m Katy! The zipadee-zip is absolutely amazing if you are transitioning out of the swaddle. Keeps your baby feeling cozy but not confined. You can check it out here: https://zipadeezip.com

Cecilia - posted on 12/28/2010

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Well thank you for all your lovely adivice! but i finally got her weaned....well for the most part i can ge ther to fall asleep with out swaddling but yes simone jones i have spoiled my little girl rotten so sometimes she sleeps in her bed or with me but sahe does wake up alot more now that i dont swaddle her but i have to admit when im not feeling well or am extermyl tired i swaddle her just to get an extra couples hours...is that selfish of me?? :( anyways thank you guys again!

Julie - posted on 12/22/2010

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Hi. I stop swaddling my baby at about 4 weeks and she started sleeping in a sleep bag. My daughter always sleeps on her back with her arms above her head. I was always led to believe it is safer for them not to be swaddled because of over heating?? At the end of the day it depends on what baby prefers. x

Simone - posted on 12/21/2010

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Hi Cecilia, let me start by saying this much. As a mother we have many restless moments. You have to find what soothes your baby and what helps her have a peaceful sleep safely. You are not giving your baby Dimetap or Tylenol to help her dose off, you are simply giving her that comfort and security. If your pediatrician hasn't said that it is harmful or causing any concern, then the others need to take a chill pill.I love my baby to death and he is spoiled rotten due to me and anyone who comes in contact with him, but sleeps peacefully only if he is swaddled. A clean diaper, a full belly, and rocking in my arms has not been enough since day one. He has to be swaddled to fall asleep. Then I come in 10 to 20 minutes later and unswaddle him so he doesn't begin to sweat or become uncomfortable at some point. However, swaddling is the only way so far.Yes he is too big for his blankets, but I have learned a new way to swaddle him in particular and it works out just fine. He is not suffocating and he is guaranteed to be warm. So continue what you are doing, trust your motherly instincts. God Bless, less stress :-)

Kasie - posted on 12/13/2010

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I think maybe you need to just let her arms go crazy, she'll get the hang of it soon. I don't know, I'm trying not to swaddle my son anymore and he ends up scooting all over the place when he's crying ( I let him cry himself to sleep). I don't know though, whatever you feel is right. Everyone has there on way for their own baby. I have to let my son cry himself to sleep though because otherwise he would never tire himself out enough to fall asleep and that's when he knows its bed time. When I don't go in there and pick him up. He goes crazy but it makes him tired enough to fall asleep.

Cecilia - posted on 12/13/2010

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Thank you every one, i would love not to swaddle her b/c she is getting stronger and to the poeple who said maybe thats her way of saying she dont want to b swddled tried not swaddling her and arms go crazy i tried rolling the recieving blankets n tuck em next to her it didnt work she wont even sleep in her swing w/out beng swaddled someone said give her a warm bottle but i nurse. im almost frustrated she can get out of her swaddle about twice through the night depending on the blanket i cant even rock her to sleep with out her arms just a going :( i dont mind swaddling her if she didnt get out of it but thank u for ur advce

Andria - posted on 12/09/2010

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My son hated swaddling after 2 months, but recently had trouble getting to sleep (used to sleep 7 hours straight now i am very luck to see 4) I tryed swaddling him and now as soon as I wrap him he gets in sleep mode. I looked at that miricle blanket and got an idea, i put a small blanket folded lengthwise under his torso, the wrap around each arm and tuck it under him (locking his arms down). I do this loose enouch that it is comfortable, but so his arms stay in place, be sure to make the blanket as flat as possible. Tthen i swaddle him with a large recieving blanket and it works because his arms won't pull it off even though it is a little smaller on him.
This is pretty much what the miracle blanket does but witth 2 blankets and cheaper.
As soon as I start wrapping him he calm right down now, and know nap - or bedtime is coming. Hope this helps someone!

Christy - posted on 12/09/2010

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My son is 5 months as of yesterday and he still gets swaddled in the miracle blanket. We bought the blanket when his big brother was born and yes it was expensive but so worth it. Although, at this point I think itd be a waste for you because my guess would be that your little one is about ready to be done with swaddling. My DS 1 was swaddled until he was almost 4 months old and at that point he was rolling over constantly and he became a belly sleeper like his big sister (she was swaddled as a baby but we didn't have the miracle blanket yet). My littlest one now (5 months) is still swaddled but he's starting to push his arms out so I think he'll only last another couple weeks before we're done with swaddling. It's definitely not too old to be swaddling though. As long as they are content with it i'd keep doing it.

Kasie - posted on 12/09/2010

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My son is 4 months old and I still swaddle him too, he sleeps better and longer at night when I do that. Though he never liked having his arms in the blankets really so I just do the swaddling without his arms in there.
I say you know your baby best and if that's what helps then you should keep doing it. They'll tell you when it's time to stop.

Amanda - posted on 12/07/2010

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My daughter is 4 months old and I changed her swaddling to wrapped with arms up about a month ago now and it has worked very well. I lay out wrap and fold over top about 1-2 cms and tuck her arms under fold and wrap around her leaving legs free... I found this has worked really well as she still feels wrapped but can suck on her hands through the wrap if she likes to self soothe (this was recommended to me by C&F health nurse). I am currently trying to weane her off being wrapped but read to do t it slowly so have been leaving one arm free from wrap altogether (expect for night sleep) and will slowly transistion to just being around her waist, then not on at all. But there is lots of advice out there so go with what works for you. Oh and I bought big wraps at Big W they now stock larger wraps (100x 120cms I think) and very cheap for 3 pack. Cheers. :)

Heather - posted on 12/07/2010

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Try giving her a warm bottle before bed, slightly warmer than the ones during the day. She is old enough for rice cereal in her bottle too which helps with sleep. Ditch the swaddle though, it will only get more difficult the longer it goes on. You are the boss not her, so if she's too big for the swaddle, she doesn't need it anymore. Even if she kicks and screams don't give in, babies are intelligent and will pick up on your reactions. One or two weeks of headaches is worth it compared to letting her attachment get in the way of her developing. Trust me, the longer you wait, the harder it'll be for the both of you. Also try rocking her, sometimes that helps. Don't put her down until she's asleep for a couple minutes so even if she wakes up, she'll be too tired to really care that she's not in a swaddle. My son was an overdue baby (42 weeks) so my doctor told me it'd be possible that he'd have attachment to womb environment. We got a teddy bear that has womb and heart sounds that seemed to help. I swaddled him until three months since he was so long his shoulders no longer fit in them anymore. I think he was so tired by bedtime he just didn't care. Have you started your sleep schedule yet? That really helps out. She might also be fighting it if you are the soother type. (Every time she cries, you run to her.) If the rocking and/or cereal isn't doing it and you try to put her on a consistent sleep schedule but it doesn't work after two or three weeks talk to your pediatrician to see if there is something going on.

Sharla - posted on 12/06/2010

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My son was just at 5 months when I stopped swaddling him. We didn't use blankets though we used SwaddleMe's that have velcro on them to keep him nice and tight all night. I knew it was time because it started getting harder for him to fall asleep at night and he would always try and get out of it. I dedicated one whole weekend to getting him to sleep without being swaddled and really it only took one nap and one night of sleep. I thought it would be much more of a fight. Sometimes they surprise you :)

Krista - posted on 12/06/2010

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@Destinee... oh, alright. I thought you were referring to the ladies in the group. I apologize.

Amber - posted on 12/06/2010

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my daughter will be 5 months in just a few day and i still swaddle her for all her naps times and when i put her down for bed, i notices that she sleep a lot better when i do swaddle,

as for knowing when its time to stop your baby will let you know by getting out of the swaddle or by crying till you let them out

but if you think you are not getting the swaddle tight enough you might want to change the way you do swaddle her,

for me i have a few blankets that are about 32 x 38in long and the way i swaddle her is the way the nurses showed me in the hospital, by laying her on the shot or the width side of blanket level with her sholders and bringing the left side over her arm holding it down as you bring the right side over her arm and tucking it behind her body as you still keep a hand holding her arms down you bring up the bottom of the blanket and tucking it behind her body making sure you get it tight enough that she can't get lose.

she might not like having her arms tuck in so all you do is swaddle her up as i said but you lower the blanket so its just under her shoulders so when you bring the sides over you just leave her ams out or you can also try the sleep sack they come in all sizes you just have to make sure you read what the sizes are
here are 2 that i really like
http://www.target.com/Infant-Sleep-Safet...
http://www.target.com/Halo-Cotton-SleepS...
and they do come in a lot of colors and patterns

i hope this help you

Destinee - posted on 12/05/2010

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@Krista-LOL I didn't mean anyone on here. Read her post-she said that she's gotten a lot of criticism from people telling her that her daughter is too big for swaddling. THAT'S what I was referring too :-) Sorry for the confusion!

Jaclyn - posted on 12/04/2010

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I bought these large blankets from target
http://www.target.com/aden-anais-Target-... They are great because they are strechable and thin so the baby wont over heat.

When I would swaddle my baby I would lay it out and fold one corner down, lay the baby down and then take her right arm down to her side and bring that corner over and tuck it under her back, that is the key so she wont get out of it, then lay her other arm down and take that corner over, make sure that the blanket comes over her shoulder. then wrap it under again and pull that corner tight from under her back and then flip the top up as a blanket. It worked for me and she couldnt get out of it because she was laying on the corners.
At nap time I would not swaddle her at all, that is how I weened her and now she doesnt need it any more.. She is 5 months next week and sleeping great. Hope this helps.

Krista - posted on 12/04/2010

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@Destinee.......... I fail to see where ANYONE criticized her choice to swaddle. What I do see are women offering suggestions on PROVEN safer practises.

Destinee - posted on 12/03/2010

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Hi Cecilia,
First, ignore other people's criticism on this-she's your daughter and if it helps her, it helps her. Personally, my son was three weeks old when we stopped swaddling him, but that was because he wouldn't sleep with it. He would cry and cry until we took the swaddling off of him, so we finally gave up. Your daughter will let you know when she's ready to sleep without the swaddling. If she's breaking out of the swaddling unless you're holding her, that might be a sign that she is getting ready to no longer want to be swaddled. It could also mean that the swaddling isn't tight enough. It's up to you to figure out what she's trying to tell you when she breaks free from it and go from there :-) Because my son wouldn't sleep swaddled and we were able to simply take it away, I don't really have any advice on how to wean her from it. A few friends broke their babies from it in a similar way to how they weaned their babies from pacifiers and bottles-they started only swaddling the baby at nighttime for bed, and not at naptime, and then they worked their way up to allowing the baby to fall asleep swaddled at night and then gently removing the swaddling when the baby fell asleep, etc. But, again, I can't offer personal experience because Kyle simply didn't want to be swaddled. LOL Best of luck!

Krista - posted on 12/03/2010

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Katie.... try putting two rolled up receiving blankets on each side of him. He may just need the feeling of being surrounded. Hope it helps!

Katie - posted on 12/03/2010

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Hello, My son is 4 months old now and he won't sleep for long without swaddling. The problem we have is that we moved from the UK - where it was cold and blankets were fine to use- to a warm country and it is too hot at night to swaddle him. We have tried with a sheet and that works sometimes but he is so strong and wiggles his way out everytime. Anyone got any tips from getting him to sleep without being swaddled? Thanks, Katie

Alexis - posted on 12/03/2010

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if your baby "breaks out of her swaddle unless you're holding her" she may be telling you that it is time to wean her from swaddling her let her learn to sleep freely.

i have read online and also in a baby book (and was told by a pediatric nurse practitioner) that you should stop swaddling your baby around six months old because it can cause problems with hip dysplasia.



here's a link to an article:

http://www.happiestbaby.com/developmenta...



i know some people may disagree, but to be safe we stopped swaddling at 4 months. our baby has adjusted to sleeping unswaddled just fine :)



here is another article from the NY times about "right" and "wrong" ways to swaddle:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/14...



and i also came across this:

"We recommend that parents stop swaddling their babies by three or four months of age. At this time, most full term infants are acclimated to life outside of the womb and no longer crave the constriction of a swaddle.

It is actually extremely important to give babies over four months old the freedom to move at night. When we stop swaddling our children we were astonished to see how much they traveled around their crib during the night. They scooched and flopped from one end to the other, several times a night! Babies may look peaceful when they sleep, but don't be fooled. They are actually doing important exercise while they slumber. All that nighttime movement helps them enhance their gross motor development, which is crucial for upcoming milestones like crawling, standing and walking. A swaddled baby doesn't have a chance to refine these skills at night."



i hope this info gives you some insight and helps you make an informed decision on what works best for your sweet daughter and you! :)

peace

Kairy - posted on 12/03/2010

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Hi! My oldest was the same way. In ancient times, the times of Jesus, they swaddled babies until they learned to walk. And, statistically, the 'Moro Reflex' ends during a range of ages--usually between 2 months and 1 year. Swaddling is used to control involuntary Moro Reflexes that wake up babies. Use that to shut up anyone that criticises you (however you spell it). I ended up swaddling my oldest until 8 months. I noticed that he slept better swaddled up until this age. Rested babies learn better, so the more sleep they take the better they can learn. You will know when your baby doesn't need to be swaddled anymore when they don't throw their arms up when tilted backwards.

I used HUGE swaddling blankets--the closer to a square the better. I sewed 4 tiny blankets together to form one big square. I also found that the folding instructions from the 'Happiest Baby on the Block' (also on YouTube) as tight as I could get it (think straight jacket) worked the best. I also got some super cool, big swaddling blankets at Target this summer. They are light, similar to gauze, and big enough to swaddle a large baby. I believe they were about 4 feet square.

Good luck!

Cynthia - posted on 12/02/2010

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Oh yeah, I was in your same boat until recently! My daughter will be 5 months on Dec 14, and up until this last week I would swaddle her to sleep, but then i realized that she was wiggling to get out of her swaddle and that was what was waking her up... so i started to just tuck a blanket around her body and leave her arms out, and she seemed to get used to the motions of her arms. Still, now, in order to get a good long nap from her, i will swaddle her before i put her down, or if i dont have a blanket when she falls asleep, i put her on her side, with something on each side keeping her snug.. these tricks worked for me.. good luck. oh, and about the size of blankets. the store bought are way too small, so i made all of her receiving blankets. i bought snuggle flannel material from the store, for like 2 bucks a yard, and sewed two pieces together.. if your not a sewer, you could just buy a yard and use that buy itself. hope i helped!

Jodie - posted on 11/30/2010

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My son is 4 months and he is the same way!! We still swaddle him, and that is how he is comfortable. If we didn't his arms woudl be flailing all over the place. He sometimes even wiggles himself out of the SwaddleMe, his arms anyway, if I do not do it tight enough. They have large swaddleMe's that go up to over 18 pounds I believe, so I am planning on continuing to swaddle him, as long as he is comfortable.

Amy - posted on 11/29/2010

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I tried it with both arms out and it worked...we haven't had any problems. I'm not sure about the receiving blankets were made of. I think just cotton material. They just stiched the edges to keep them from fraying. They are about the size of 2 normal receiving blankets. I don't know much about sewing :)
I'll find out for sure the kind of material that they used.

Amy

Cecilia - posted on 11/29/2010

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hmm i never thougth to try with leaving her arms out. do u do wit one arm in n one out or both out? do u know what the home made recieivng blankets are made out of?
Thank you Amy!

Amy - posted on 11/29/2010

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My daughter is also 4months and I stopped swaddling her with her arms tucked in around 3months. I found too that she would get out of her swaddle really fast. I was given some home-made giant receiving blankets so I wrap her in that. She seems to sleep better this way then with her arms in, but she also likes to suck on her hand.

I hope this helps!
Amy

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