Do you Swaddle your baby?

Nicole - posted on 02/19/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Hello Ladies, My little one is 3 months and we still swaddle her for naps and during the night. She is a cat napper during the day but sleeps great at night (from 7:30 pm - 730 am, with one 500 am feeding). I think that she is getting to big to be swaddling her still but, I am afraid she won't be able well with out it. How long did you swaddle for? Any suggestions for how to stop swaddling her?

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I still swaddle my 13 week old. If we're out, and she's in a pram, she'll fall asleep without it, but otherwise, I'm not sure of my chances! If you want to stop swaddling, you're best to wean your baby gradually - leave one arm out of the wrapping for a few nights, then both arms, before finally getting rid of the wrapping altogether.

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Jen - posted on 02/23/2009

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HI! I bought a Large Kidopottamus Swaddle Blanket so that we can continue swaddling our 3 month old. I highly recommend it. Our son still has the "startle reflex" that will continue until he is roughly 6 months old, so swaddling him is important, otherwise he wakes himself up. If your daughter still has that reflex, I'd wait until it's gone before you stop swaddling :)

Karen - posted on 02/21/2009

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I wouldn't say the I "swaddle" persay, but at night she does sleep better if I feed her with her blanket wrapped loosely around her.  I breast feed my daughter so I don't really have to burp her after all her feedings so then when she's done eating I put her in her crib and pull up a thicker blanket over the one I've already got wrapped around her.  She sometimes wakes up, but very soon falls back to sleep on her own.

Nicole - posted on 02/21/2009

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Thank you all so much for the responses. It makes me feel better knowing that she is not the only 13 week old that is still being swaddled. My friends made me feel like I was crazy. But I guess that is why every family is different.  Thanks to everyone!!!!

Marie - posted on 02/21/2009

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Oliver will be 3 months in a couple of days and we still swaddle him at night. That's how he knows it's bedtime (with the addition of the fan, for white noise). I'll keep swaddling him until he no longer startles himself awake, and for as long as he likes it.

Ilse - posted on 02/20/2009

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Hello! We swaddled Lily for about 6 weeks, then she would always kick herself out of it! We put her in a cozy sleepsack and she loves it. She sleeps so peacefully with her arms up next to her head, it's very cute to see! She sleeps well at night - from 8:00 PM until 7:00 AM with a dream feed around midnight. Only catnaps during the day though. I heard as of 4 months the daytime naps will get longer. So far, we're very happy with her sleep pattern!

Sadie - posted on 02/20/2009

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We only did this for about two weeks then stopped. My guy was 10lbs at birth so really he was able to kick his way out pretty quick. I bought him one of those sleeper blankets and really he has done just great.

Colby - posted on 02/20/2009

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my daughter is 3 months old too and sleeps way better when she is swaddled then not i think they feel safer

Christine - posted on 02/20/2009

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I havent swaddled mine for quite awhile he was escaping and both arms would be free and eventually completely loosening the rest. Instead I bought "sleeping sacks" for him so that he is still covered and just tuck the banket tightly around his lower body. He seems to do just fine but then again he goes to sleep at 7 and wakes up at 1 and 4 for feedings. At that point I put him in his swing till 8ish

Susan - posted on 02/20/2009

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I used to swaddle my boy until he became "Houdini". LOL



He is able to break out his hands and legs and kick all the blankets off himself. He even manages to wriggle out of his hat and move several inches in the crib up from his head.  Now we use one of those sleeping bag kind of things. He is even still capable of kicking the top blankets off and moving himself in the crib! 



He won't be 3 months until next weekend so i'm really curious what he is going to be able to do when he can roll over!

Melissa - posted on 02/20/2009

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Yip I also still swaddle my 13 week old son! I half swaddle during the day so by the time he wakes both arms are free (trying to get him used to not being swaddled) but full swaddle at night.

Teri - posted on 02/19/2009

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Hello...i still swaddle my little girl, she is 15 weeks now. someone told me that it is better to swaddle them because they feel more comforted and tend to sleep better. my baby sleeps from 9pm till 9am and wakes up once for a feed.

Summer - posted on 02/19/2009

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I'm still swaddling my four month old! The way I see it, do it until she doesn't like to be swaddled. Swaddling doesn't hurt her, and sleep is too precious to risk not getting because she's not being swaddled.

Nicole - posted on 02/19/2009

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Thanks, ok, so maybe we will just wait for the roll and then attempt to put her to bed free.



 Jaelyn can wiggle her hands out too.  Some times they soothe her and some times I think they just get in her face and upset her ( but is usually just during her short naps, and probally because she is tired). 

Mei - posted on 02/19/2009

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Hi Nicole, I'm still swaddling my 3 months old as well! I have the same fear that he wouldn't sleep as well without it. My little guy did find his thumb couple of weeks ago to suck on, so I find that at night he actually wiggles his arm out to soothe himself.



I asked our doctor and she said probably until they are able to turnover, since it may be dangerous to swaddle them at that time. Babies usually turn over around 4 months?

Mei - posted on 02/19/2009

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Hi Nicole, I'm still swaddling my 3 months old as well! I have the same fear that he wouldn't sleep as well without it. My little guy did find his thumb couple of weeks ago to suck on, so I find that at night he actually wiggles his arm out to soothe himself.



I asked our doctor and she said probably until they are able to turnover, since it may be dangerous to swaddle them at that time. Babies usually turn over around 4 months?

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