Swaddling

Jerilynn - posted on 09/29/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hi there!

Are there any mothers out there who have broken the swaddle habit? I am trying as we speak and it is not going well. My daughter (who is 4 months) sleeps FANTASTIC if she is swaddled (10 hours straight at night as well as 3 1 1/2 hour naps) but will not sleep at all if she is not swaddled. I am looking for suggestions as how to break this bahit. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. :) Thanks so much!

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Amy - posted on 10/03/2009

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I stopped putting her arms in around 3 months...she kept fighting to take them out. I still swaddle her body (under her arms and down). I think she likes the tighten effect. When she's ready she'll stop. I use one of those waffle receiving blankets (stretches better).

Darci - posted on 10/02/2009

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My first child (who is now 3.75 years old) stayed swaddled until she was about 7-8 months old. She gradually worked her way out of the "habit". I think it's best to let the baby let you know when he/she wants to be done with the swaddle; it's such a comfort to them to feel secure. My son (2nd child who is now 2.5 years old) didn't ever like to be swaddled. And, my newest child (4.5 months old) still prefers to be swaddled, but she is slowly transitioning to being a little indifferent about a swaddle. She likes to begin her sleep in a swaddle, but she usually works her arms out of it. I won't be breaking her of this routine because she still finds comfort in it - why take away her sense of security.

Robin - posted on 10/02/2009

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We had to dump the swaddle at around 3 months when my daughter started rolling around in the swaddle. It scared me to death b/c she wouldn't have access to her arms when swaddled. Anyway, so we had to go cold turkey. It was tough for a couple of weeks and she started waking up earlier in the night to feed. What truly made the difference for us was that she started getting comfortable rolling on her tummy and sleeping that way. When she rolls on her tummy, she no longer would startle herself awake. Now that's the only way that she sleeps.

Julie - posted on 10/02/2009

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yeah im in the same boat my son is 4 months old as well and i was thinking just the other day when is it time to stop swaddling .. my son sleeps well being swaddled and in the morning he does wiggle so by 5 am his arms a free and thats when he starts to wake up and wiggle more till his feed around that time btw 5 am - 6:30 am. my son sometimes sleeps without the swaddle but its never a long sleep though.

Michelle - posted on 10/01/2009

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My daughter will be 5 months on Sunday and she still needs to be swaddled. I have tried the snug n tug, swaddle me and receiving blankets. And she was not comfy in anything but the hospital blanket. She now is long enough to kick her feet out but as long as she has her arms swaddled she is happy. I will let her be swaddled until she is done on her own because she sleeps so well!!!

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My daughter would fall asleep swaddled, but wiggled so much that by the morning her arms would be out. So it was an easy transition for us. I can't remember if it's 2 or 3 months, but whenever their startle reflux starts to go away I started swaddling with her arms out. Now she doesn't care if she even has a blanket on. Now I loosely swaddle her with her arms out just so she can keep a blanket on all night.

Patsy - posted on 09/29/2009

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I am in the exact same boat. I figure that she will wiggle out when she decides she is done with it. Is there something wrong with them still being swaddled?

Colleen - posted on 09/29/2009

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I was able to break the swaddling habit with my son by placing him on his tummy to sleep! I know its not the recommendation but he is mobile enough now to lift his head and cry before smothering himself with a blanket or in the mattress. I did this when he was about 2 1/2 months old and he is doing well!! He sleeps 10-12 hours a night.

I've also heard of weighted blankets that give them the feeling of being swaddled with out actually being swaddled.....hope that helps!

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