when do you stop swaddling your baby?

Sara - posted on 01/25/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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my son is going on 3 months old. and was also born premature, but i was wondering when does a mother usually stop swaddling their baby? if i swaddled him right now, he'd work his way out of it, but on the other hand, he still does enjoy being swaddled. also, any mothers who had premature births or know someone who had, please come join my community at Mommies of Preemies on Circle of Moms.

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sara

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My son is just about 5 months, and we only recently stopped swaddling. He only sleeps well when he is swaddled, but we had to wean him off of it. He tries to get out of it in the middle of the night, and the blanket would creep up and cover his face, which made me nervous! Also, I was afraid now that he is rolling over, he would roll onto his tummy while swaddled and not be able to turn back over. (I am paranoid, I know!)

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Sarah - posted on 02/11/2010

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The recommendation is to stop swaddling after 3-4 months, but I would consult your pediatrician considering your baby was a preemie. If he doesn't like being unswaddled, try doing it gradually by starting with unswaddling one arm and keeping the other arm swaddled. After our first son was done being swaddled, we transitioned him to a Halo Sleepsack, and that worked out great for him.

Iysha - posted on 01/26/2010

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My daughter was a preemie too. She was born at 35 weeks gestation. She was swaddled for most of the time in the NICU and has been swaddled ever since. She is almost 7 months now. I plan on breaking her swaddle at some point...I just don't think she is ready yet. lol. more like I don't want to take the time to break her from it. lol. i have a great swaddle blanket that I got from the hospital and that is the only one my daughter cannot get out of. I love that thing =]

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I think you're supposed to when they start wiggling out of it. Our 11 week old son has just started moving his way out of it this weekend (and he ends up turned completely around, facing the opposite side of the bed!), so now we'll probably need to wean him off it. I'm not looking forward to it though--he sleeps so well in the blanket.

Amanda - posted on 01/25/2010

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i stopped as soon as i got home from the hospital because my daughter HATED to be swaddled. the only time i have swaddled her since she's been home (she's 8 months old) is when she had a cold.

Katie - posted on 01/25/2010

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I swaddled my son up until he learned he can move and wriggle out of them, so now I just use sleep sacks and those blanket gowns because in those he is sort of swaddled and can move as much as he wants.

Nicole - posted on 01/25/2010

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As long as you and baby want to swaddle is fine. My little guy always wiggles out, so I just put him in sleep sacks now.

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