Are there still any fellow swaddlers out there?

Sarah - posted on 05/31/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Hello!


Just curious if anyone is still swaddling their little one!? My son turned four months this past week. If swaddled and he doesn't houdini his way out of it..he will sleep for 12 hours at night. If not, he is up CONSTANTLY waking himself up with his waving arms and hands. He has a major startle reflex! My question is...has anyone had any luck with weaning their baby off of swaddling? When does t heir startle reflex go away? Do I just give it time and he will get used to not being swaddled? Its getting to be a pain in the butt to swaddle for all naps and nighttime and I also worry that I am not letting him figure out how to keep his arms still...anyway..any advice would be greatly appreciated!!


Sarah :)

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Jesse - posted on 06/15/2009

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My daughter loved being swaddled but started to escape during the night and wouldn't go back to sleep. Someone suggested a 'pekemoe' ( www.pekemoe.co.nz) so I had a look and ended up getting my mum to make one. I thought the transition would be hard, but she absolutely loves it. Not only does she get excited now when I put it on her, she sleeps for 12hrs at night and for an hour and a half 3 times during the day. We couldn't be happier. She does roll over in the early morning, but sleeps happily on her tummy with her head to the side. And it only takes about 5 mins for her to fall asleep :)

Brooke - posted on 06/13/2009

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im having the same problem aswell by girl is almost 5months and she is still getting swaddled i havent even tried to stop yet. i think that you should leave him. they are happy and eventualy they will b 2 big and will just get out of it them selfes. plus wen there swaddled i dont stress about it so much. i also work in childcare and heaps of parents swaddle their children.

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Stephanie - posted on 07/05/2009

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I still swaddle my daughter (5months) sometimes for her naps during the day. I only do this if she's having a hard time falling asleep...I guess it makes her feel all nice & snug still. She used to hate being swaddled wen she was a few weeks old..but now she sorta likes it. Other than that...she is hardly ever swaddled.

Sarah - posted on 07/05/2009

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Hi Allison! We stopped swaddling him at night and he does great now!! sleeps right through. But we are the exact way when it comes to naps!!! I have to swaddle or I get a 20 min nap out of him! At least I know I am not the only mom! :)

Allison - posted on 07/05/2009

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YAY! THANK GOD! I thought i was the only one. My son is six months old and we still have to swaddle him. If i don't swaddle him he scratches himself and wakes up or rubs his eyes etc. For the past two months tho he has seemed to wiggle his way out in the night and still sleeps fine. Also sometimes when it's hot at night i don't swaddle him and he does great. Sleeps all night. Nap time tho i have to still swaddle him or he will only sleep like 20 minutes than wake up. I worry about it all the time but i think he will just grow out of it. I think they just need to get use to having there arms out and after a week or so they will adjust to it.

Sheree - posted on 06/26/2009

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My son is almost 6 months and has just started rolling both ways. I find myself still swaddling him as well as using a saftey sleep. I am too afraid not to as he just does not sleep if he doesn't feel secure. Reading all the other comments, I feel I should be getting him used to sleeping without one?????

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Swaddling is the way to go, but finding that time to stop is also challenging. I stopped swaddling my 4.5 month old several weeks ago. Although I was using large swaddling blankets he would still find a way to get his arms out in the middle of the night. It didn't seem to bother him so I just started putting him to bed without swaddling and it didn't seem to phase him at all. I swaddled all three of my boys and they weaned themselves from it at about 4 months. Just make sure you aren't the one who is getting him to sleep by rocking him or holding him. The key is to get them to put themselves to sleep that way when they wake up in the middle of the night they know what to do.

Simone - posted on 06/12/2009

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I wrapped both of mine. With Ro, we wrapped him until he started rolling over and will do the same with Annabelle. It's safer to stop when they start rolling - She's not far off though. We found that once they can roll over they're happier lie on their own and we tuck blankets around tightly and put teddies under their arms so they don't feel so alone.

Amie - posted on 06/12/2009

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i think my reply was confusing, i think you should let him be swaddled especially if he sleeps so well and enjoys to be swaddle i believe he will eventually let you know when he dosen't want to be swaddled, and i think they don't startle as much when they sleep on their bellys thats prolly why they sleep so well on their bellys, but you want to keep him on his back as long as possible and swaddling is one way to do that

Amie - posted on 06/12/2009

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i just stopped swaddlin my son and as soon as i did he started going from his back to his belly and a couple days later i wake up and check on him and he was on his belly face down in the matress, he was ok but now he wants to sleep on his belly which wouldn't be a problem if he wouldn't bury his face in the matress, and for that i wish i did still swaddle him, but he was ready to be out of it because he was starting to fight me about it anyway, my doctor said it was ok to let him be swaddled for a couple more months and this was at 4 months

Mandy - posted on 06/12/2009

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my 5 mo wont go to sleep without being wrapped. he either has to be wrapped or if in the car holding his wrap.

whatever keeps him happy

Christine - posted on 06/11/2009

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I actually gave up on swaddling my son after about a week or so; it seemed like it upset him. He would wail when I tried to do it, and calm down when I just let him be. He really likes being able to move around. He certainly doesn't sleep 12 hours a night, but he has slept a good 7 hours straight a few times recently.

Jamie - posted on 06/10/2009

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this is my 3rd girl and i have done it with all! keep doing what works best for us! every child is different just like different things work for different familys! our babys will tell us when they are ready for a change!

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My daughter loves to be swaddled. She will sleep all night if swaddled. All of my girlfriends with babies her age keep telling me I should have stopped months ago... I stopped swaddling her about a month ago, and she hasn't slept a whole night since... but I'm a first time mom and now extremely nervous due to what all my friends are saying. Also I would only swaddle her at night. If you hear anymore please let me know too!

Tiffany - posted on 06/10/2009

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I still swaddle my daughter as well; otherwise she just wont sleep. During the day for naps I haven't been swaddleing her. I'm trying to wean her off swaddleing slowly. Hopefully this works :)

Jamie - posted on 06/01/2009

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i am trying that right now and i am getting no sleep! i think i am just going to keep swaddling! however i do not swaddel for naps. she still sleeps during the day! not long naps but i anytime i get in the car she is fast asleep anyway! i swaddeled my oldest daughter till she was 6months and she turned out just fine! good luck with whatever you decide to do!

jamie

Rhonda - posted on 05/31/2009

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I still use the swaddle blanket for some naps if my DD is too worn out and cannot settle herself. I have heard that swaddling after 14weeks can start to cause some hip problems, so you may want to look at that. I just make sure not to swaddle all the time. I stopped swaddling for bedtime once my DD started rolling over since she could not get herself back onto her back if she rolled in her sleep and her arms were swaddled. She has started to sleep a lot better now that she can roll and get comfy.

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