How long should you swaddle a baby for? How long is too long?

Rachel - posted on 10/27/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My twin boys are 10 weeks and we still swaddle them throughout the day to sleep. We unwrap them often to play and eat. But should I not be swaddling them anymore, or when is a healthy time to stop? It just seems that they wake themselves up if their arms are free floating, ya know? Any advice?

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Karla - posted on 10/29/2009

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It all depends on the child. At night my 9 month old likes to be swaddled to fall asleep, but often gets out of it throughout the night which now is not a problem. She has always been like that, my doctor thinks it's funny, but is not concerned with it. She just likes to feel safe:)

Charlotte - posted on 10/28/2009

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My boys are almost 7 mths now. I still swaddle them during the day for their naps as they will not go to sleep with out it but at night one of my boys goes to bed unswaddled but the other still needs it, he still gets out of it after about an hour and sleeps the rest of the night unswaddled, but I think he needs it to fall asleep as he is a real squirmer when he is tired. The will get to a stage where they get out of it them selves. Some people will tell you to stop after 3 to 4 months as they think it stops them from being able to roll and crawl but both of my boys roll really well and are very close to crawling and have been rolling since they were 3mths so it hasn't stopped their development in any way. What ever works for you stick to it because a rested baby is a happy baby.

Janice - posted on 10/28/2009

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I swaddled my kids until they were not happy being swaddled I watched them and there will be a time that they donot need that but if it makes them happy and sleep better why stop.

Angela - posted on 10/27/2009

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3-4 months is normal. But we swaddled till 6 months because that is what they needed. And even now when they are really upset-they are now 21 months-we just hold them tight to us and rock and they calm down pretty quick. However, we did have to seperate them in bed at 9 months because they were sleeping ON each other because they were so used to sleep so close together.

I loved swaddling, I thought that it was the most helpful tool that I had before we had the girls. Swaddling helped so much keeping the girls calm and it helped us because we knew that we were helping them and that they needed it!

Kathy - posted on 10/27/2009

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My twins loved to be swaddled and we swaddled them until they figured out how to get out of it--I wasn't good at getting them scary tight. I would go ahead and swaddle them at night to help them to sleep longer at night. 10 weeks sounds so young now that mine are 2 years. swaddling will help keep them warm without your heating bill going through the roof, also.

Courtney - posted on 10/27/2009

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Usually at around 3-4 months babies no longer need swaddled. By this age they have developed calming techniques and should be able to settle without the comfort of swaddling.

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