Too much swaddling?

Kelly - posted on 10/25/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My daughter, Kara, is 12 days old and in the last two days has become very fussy. We're using the Happiest Baby on the Block method, involving a lot of swaddling, and it seems to be working, but I'm concerned. It seems like she's been swaddled almost 24/7 for the last two days, with breaks only for eating and diaper changes, and I'm afraid it'll harm her. Any thoughts?

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Jennifer - posted on 04/20/2011

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There is recent research linking swaddling with an increased risk of SIDS, so I would not recommend it from that perspective. I don't think at 12 days old you have to worry about it harming her developmentally, though.
As far as being very fussy, are you nursing? If so, you might want to consider what you are eating. When my oldest was that age he reacted to garlic in my diet. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc are other common culprits. By the way, congrats on the new family member!

Maria - posted on 10/25/2009

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Congratulations on your new baby, Kelly! I never heard of the method, but then again I had my boys 17 & 16 years ago. :) But experience tells me that because of her young age, she's only fussy because she's used to feeling secure inside of you. Unless she's hungry or wet, or both, she's probably still getting used to her surroundings at this time. Don't worry too much. A lot of times, if a baby is overdressed, she is also fussy because she may be feeling hot. You have to realize that babies can get really warm too. I used to dress my sons in blankets that zip around the feet and has long sleeves only at nights when it gets cold. In the day, onesies with light blanket, or with long jammies, will suffice. They'll sleep better. Go with your gut instincts, you'd be surprise at how right they are when it comes with your baby. No one knows really how your baby feel, except you. God bless!

Christine - posted on 10/25/2009

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I agree with the other moms, My little guy loved to be swaddled at first then he hated it and boy did he let us know. He's now 6wks and doesnt like it at all. I think I would give her a little more time to move around when she is awake which probally is only 3 hours a day anyway.

Jeanette - posted on 10/25/2009

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Hi Kelly! We are following the Happiest Baby on the Block method also. Our daughter is 9 weeks old today. We still swaddle her to get her to sleep long amounts at night. We are trying not to so that she can learn to self soothe but she is happiest when swaddled at night. At 12 days old we kept our daughter swaddled a lot and she loved it. It makes them feel like they are in the womb. (or so I hear) I say keep doing it! If she doesn't like it, she will let you know. I hope this helps!

Michelle - posted on 10/25/2009

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Quoting Kelly:
I always held my children when they cried and fussed. It always worked. I do not believe that you can ever hold a baby too much. Some people may disagre, but if it works for you keep doing it.  My kids turned out fine. Good luck!!! Michelle Rydzak
Too much swaddling?

My daughter, Kara, is 12 days old and in the last two days has become very fussy. We're using the Happiest Baby on the Block method, involving a lot of swaddling, and it seems to be working, but I'm concerned. It seems like she's been swaddled almost 24/7 for the last two days, with breaks only for eating and diaper changes, and I'm afraid it'll harm her. Any thoughts?


 

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Carly - posted on 04/21/2011

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Hi Kelly, I wrapped all 4 of my babies for as long as I could (about 5 months) and they LOVED it. I wrapped them as tight as I could in nice stretchy wraps to keep their little arms in and towards the end just with one arm out (they were all finger suckers). There are many reasons your bubs may be unsettled. Hungry or cold are two of the most common. I found all my little ones really did like to be pretty toasty and warm - maybe you need to put another blanket over her? Do you know the temp of her room when she sleeps?

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Not sure what swaddling is but sounds like you need to talk to Kara's ped. Might be a little collac! When my daughter got fussy, I would put her in her car seat on the dryer and it would calm her down. It did go away after a while but the dryer provided just the movement she needed. (If your dryer is outside, not a good idea) Inside or out, you need to watch Kara closely.

Rachel - posted on 10/26/2009

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My daughter loves being swaddled. I still swaddle her for her sleep times day/night/. She is 6 months old now. My son (now 2 and half) didnt like it that much though. Swaddling with him stopped at about 3 and half months. He loved having his hands out. I think you will know if Kara starts not liking it anymore. The older they get they are more mobile. So when I check on my daughter now I find her hands out.

Nikki - posted on 10/26/2009

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if she likes it swaddle away there is no way this can hurt a baby so small my youngest is 6 weeks and i asked our pedi if it was ok and she suggested using 2 blankets the first i fold in half and wrap her arms then the second i do a regular swaddle it is more sucure and warm and she loves it the older 3 never let me swaddle them and i tried they would wiggle their way out so fast or scream until i unwrapped them once she need the "upper body" strength she will wiggle and want out swaddling is warm and confortable for them you will be thankful you have a way to calm her later trust me

Melissa - posted on 10/26/2009

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I swaddled my boy from birth but only at nap times until he was 3 1/2 months old...you'll know if she doesn't want to be wrapped anymore...she obviously likes the comfort of it :)

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I worry that this latest fad (swaddling ) is bad for baby's blood circulation. Surely they would get pins and needles from not being able to move .Baby moved freely in the womb,My opinion is to let bub have free movement when awake.

Gemma - posted on 10/26/2009

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We swaddled our bub Olivia from birth, whenever she was sleeping (night and day). She couldnt really sleep any other way as she found it safe and comforting. We found this worked wonderfully and didnt worry her until she figured out how to get out of it all of the time, round about 9wks old. From then hubby and I started using a growbag. It took a few nights of Olivia being restless and her arms moving all over the place, waking herself up, but now Olivia sleeps better than ever. At 12wks she's sleeping up to 5-7hrs in a row at night after her last bottle. Olivias now got room to move her arms and legs around without taking the covers off and waking up cold. Little ones have a knack of letting you know they aren't comfy anymore so dont worry about swaddling all the time. When Kara is unhappy, she'll let you know.

Sharon - posted on 10/25/2009

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Every child is different, of course, but I do believe that swaddling is very important at first, not only for the feeling of being in the womb, but for being warm! They just left a nice cozy climate of 98 degrees! Try not swaddling her for bit and see how she does. If she starts flailing her arms and getting cranky, swaddle her again. She may not be a baby that needs to be swaddled for a long time.



The more you get to know this precious little person, you will be able to read her. And I definitely agree with the other moms who say you cannot hold a baby too much!

Dayspring - posted on 10/25/2009

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Swaddling may be great for night time and nap time, but I agree that babies need tummy time when they are awake. Some babies like more "play" time than others, ( yes, even at two weeks old!) depending on their personality. If she is fussy when swaddled, try letting her move around more. Do try a bit of tummy time, even 2-5 minutes as part of "playtime" (few babies like this, although they need it to help them develop their muscles), and swaddle her back when she is ready for a nap. She will let you know if swaddling or playing is what she needs.

Carol - posted on 10/25/2009

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Congratulations!! I am a mum of four - and none of my children enjoyed being swaddled but managed to fight their way out of it!!! I had a cosy basinet so they always slept well and snuggy. I know swaddling makes some babies feel like they are still in the womb - but the fact is - they aren't!! 9 months and they're out of there!!! So I would advise you to give her some more time unswaddled ...just to lie down on the floor and stretch or be held..or to sit in a bounce-a-net and take in her surroundings etc. There is a balance between keeping that womb feeling and moving on to her new world. I recommend swaddling for sleep times definitely if baby enjoys it.

Claire - posted on 10/25/2009

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My little boy is nearly 11 months. He loved being swaddled too. What I did was unwrap him when he was awake (which was hardly any time at all in those days!), and as long as he was happy, left him unwrapped. When he was upset, or it was time to go to sleep, I wrapped him again. When he got to 13 weeks he learnt how to suck his thumb, so we started to wrap him with one arm out, but he liked to work the other one out anyway.

Nowdays we still wrap him for his long sleeps (2 hours in the middle of the day and at night), as he knows that means bed-time. It's just part of his sleep routine. He is wrapped just around his tummy and legs, his top half is out. If we put him down for shorter naps, we don't wrap him.

My advice is, keep up with what you're doing, if it works for you. Don't let other people get in your ear with 'that's bad for her' or 'you should be doing...' as they don't have your daughter, and don't have to live with her! You do what's right for you!

Just don't have only 1 blanket that you swaddle her with - you don't want her to get too attached to just one! Gabe loves his blankets - any of them. And they really help to soothe him when he's upset. He's even been known to spy a small corner of one of his blankets in the laundry pile, crawl over to it, and snuggle up with it!!

Jennifer Ann - posted on 10/25/2009

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swaddle away it wont hurt. the babies love it, and they can stretch during diaper changes and what not... but for the most part keep swaddling. also as my baby got bigger i swaddle just the upper half of her body... she does fine with that. try it.

Kelsey - posted on 10/25/2009

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conrats on the baby and i dont think you can ever swaddle to much my daughter is almost 5 months old and we *half* swaddle her up at night so she sleeps longer the reast why we only half swaddle is so that she will not get over heated and can undo herself and move around freely when she wakes up a night. and like maria said she is just starting to get to know what the world is so just take it easy she will settle down soon enough take care

Bekki - posted on 10/25/2009

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It won't hurt her. You have to give her a little tummy time though so she can build her upper body strength.
Swaddling is so important to newborns because it comforts them. The only thing they remember is the feeling of being in the womb, which is what swaddling represents and imitates, the feeling of being tightly held and warm in the womb.

Jacci - posted on 10/25/2009

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I dont think it could hurt her. I only swaddle wrap when i'm putting Daisy to sleep. Otherwise when she is awake i let her move freely. (my baby is almost 3 weeks old) but on the otherhand my other daughter Tulip hated being swaddled and from birth had always found a way to unwrap herself. If your bub is comfortable being wrapped the do it! She will let you know if she's hurting.

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