swaddling 8 month old baby

Amy - posted on 01/03/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 8 month old baby still sleeps so much better while being swaddled. I have tried and tried to teach her to sleep without it, but she will cry for hours...literally. When she finally cries herself to sleep she wakes up 20 min later! Is there anyone else else that is having a hard time breaking their child of being swaddled? Or does anyone know any helpful tricks to help kick the habit? .

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Amy - posted on 01/08/2010

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Thanks for you comments, it is nice to know other mom;s went through the same thing. I really appreciated the website attachment

Jo - posted on 01/04/2010

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I did this with all my babies,cos it works.I just let them decide when they don't need it any more.Now my baby's older the sheet I use is just wrapped looser,and he kicks out of it if he wants.Just do it a little looser each time,so it's still there,your baby can still feel it around them.There's no hurry,let baby do it at her own pace

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I honestly believe that babies know when they are tired of something and there will come a point where she'll just not want to be swaddled anymore. Especially when she realizes she can't kick her feet around and that starts bothering her. You could just periodically try to put her in something else and see if she just "gives in" or maybe has gotten tired of it. She will let you know. Otherwise as long as it doesn't bother you to do it, I'd just keep doing it b/c it obviously makes her feel comfortable like that and that to me is what matters most. Good luck :o)

Amy - posted on 01/13/2010

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So I finally was able to break her of it, and she has now started to sleep through the night!!!!! I started putting her in a sleep sack and taught her how to roll onto her side/ or belly to sleep. It made all the difference. I am so glad to finally be rid of the swaddle!!

Stacy - posted on 01/13/2010

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Owen is 8 months old and I still swaddle him. It just seems to soothe him. A couple months ago someone told me this horrible story about a 9 month old that got swaddled and put for a nap and ended up suffercating himself. So now I just check onhim all the time. GOOD ? though! I was wondering the same thing.

Stephanie - posted on 01/05/2010

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I was able to stop swaddling my baby when she started sucking her thumb to self-soothe...we had to cry it out for a few nights, but that was what enabled her to calm herself down.

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I swaddled my baby until he was 7 months old. My entire family thouht I was crazy for doing it for so long - they couldn't stand to see him "bound" like that and pressured me daily to stop. I finally did when it seemed like swaddling wasn't helping his sleep all that much anymore. We went through a little bit of a transition - he had to learn to fall asleep without it - but that only took a few days.



Don't stress too much about it. If your baby is benefitting from swaddling, there's really no harm in it. She'll let you know when she's ready to stop.



And, by the way, although you don't hear a lot about it, there are many parents who swaddle older babies. This is a great website that might help you feel better:

http://parents.berkeley.edu/advice/babie...

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