When did you stop swaddling your baby? Any suggestions for how to wean her off?

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Kim - posted on 11/05/2008

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I swaddled my first daughter until she would loosen it herself. My second daughter did not like to be swaddled that much. I guess I would keep doing it until he/she is ready to sleep without it. Like everything else, they will let you know what their needs are.

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Once the startle reflex wear off then most children can sleep pretty good without the swaddle. That is usually around 4 or 5 months. Some children go up to 7 or 8 months for comfort. I removed bed time first because there tended to be less noises to wake my son up and then after a few weeks or so stopped at nap times also. The other thing is that some children sleep on their stomachs as soon as they can roll over so you might stop at that time so they can get into a more comfortable sleeping position. truthfully if your child likes it and sleeps well with it there isn't a real reason to stop unless your blanekts are just to small but then she would grow out if it anyway.

Sara - posted on 11/12/2008

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My son was addicted to the swaddle, and I stopped when he was around 3 months. He was too long for any blanket, and after sewing a couple of bigger ones, I decided to try cold turkey. It did not work. I then switched to a sleep blanket (the zipper one that they wear), and he has been in that for the past four months. It is a nice compromise to swaddling--he can't get at his feet which is a source of distraction for him, but he can still roll around a bit. It took a couple of nights for him to get used to it, so if you are going to try it, I would do it now before you go back to work. That way a semi-sleepness night or two won't be too damaging to you. Good luck!

Tara - posted on 11/10/2008

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From day one, my son hated being completely swaddled. He would fight to get his arms out. By the way you posed your question, it seems that your baby likes being swaddled. If so stick with it. There is no harm from swaddling. It basically comes down to waht works for your baby and you. Baby will definately let you know when they are tired of being swaddled.

Carrie - posted on 11/10/2008

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I say - swaddle as long as you want. If she likes it, and it helps her sleep keep on using it as long as it's working for you. There were times when my son was 8+ months and occasionally couldn't settle... so I busted out the swaddle me. Worked like a charm for those desperate nights.

Nicole - posted on 11/09/2008

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My daugther was born on a very hot day in August and did not enjoy swaddling for more than 2-3 weeks. When she started kicking out of the swaddle we began only wrapping her legs. Within a few weeks, swaddling ended. However, she did like the blanket sleepers in the winter.

Jenn - posted on 11/08/2008

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I stopped swaddling my daughter when she was 5 months old and my son when he was 6 months old. It just seemed like the natural thing to do. they would "bust out" of the swaddle and continue to sleep anyway. Also, I did stop swaddling my daughter right before the school year started and so her daycare person did have to deal with it a bit. However, her daycare person isn't sleep deprived like me so if Emma didn't nap a lot at first, it was o.k.

Lindsey - posted on 11/07/2008

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I'm not sure there's a reason to stop swaddling. If they enjoy being swaddled now, there's no reason to stop. Your baby will soon be active enough that she'll loosen it herself.

Erin - posted on 11/07/2008

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Thanks for the suggestion, I'll look into that blanket. Right now we are using the SwaddleMe which we really like because she was busting out of receiving blankets at 6 weeks but couldn't sleep without being swaddled. It sounds like for a lot of you, the stopping time was sometime between 4 and 5 months which means I have another few weeks....but that coincides with when I am going back to work leaving my parents, who are going to watch her, to tackle day sleep without swaddling. Hmmm....

Kaylen - posted on 11/07/2008

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My daughter started rolling over at about 5 months... and after cutting and resewing her swaddle blanket twice, i figured it was time to stop. I still put a blanket in there because it comforts her. I'm not too worried about it smothering her or anthing, she is a pretty active sleeper. You could try those sleep blankets that zip up and leave there arms out, they are called back to sleep blankets sold at BRUthey would simulate a swaddle but not tie her up so to speak. Good Luck!!

Amanda - posted on 11/05/2008

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I swaddled my daughter until she was around 4-5 months. The weaning went ok for us...we just started only doing at night and then also did the loosening things:) I think that if she is only 14 weeks so still have time:) Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 11/05/2008

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I swaddled my daughter until she moved around so much that she un-swaddled herself! She was probably 4-5 months old and she just didn't need that anymore I guess...I say swaddle till she doesn't want it anymore because it definitely keeps them sleeping better!! :)

Christina - posted on 11/05/2008

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I just started cold turkey. My son is 3 months old. He loved being swaddled, but I started realizing he was waking up as soon as he would get out of his swaddle in the night. He didn't know how to sleep without it. I decided that I was just going to do it cold turkey after reading that it is dangerous to let them have the swaddle blanket loose in the crib with them. During the days he has trouble falling asleep, but he is practically sleeping through the night now without it after a couple days. Good luck:)

Erin - posted on 11/05/2008

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Thanks, I've tried going cold turkey but she just wakes up after 40 minutes and still appears tired. She's only 3 1/2 months so maybe she isn't ready yet...and I like the idea of loosening it gradually.

Raylene - posted on 11/04/2008

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Both my girls are june babies and i stopped swaddling them when they were about 4-5 mths old when it started to get warmer i did it gradually just loosened it at first till gradually i could just put the wraps over them like a sheet. It took about two three weeks for each off them to be comfortable and sleep well with out being wrapped.

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