Swaddling questions/advice

Melissa - posted on 02/26/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have to ask my trusted fellow breastfeeders this question. My son is 6 months old (today!) and I have to swaddle him at night for him to sleep. He will not calm down at night unless he is tightly wrapped. I've tried leaving an arm out just to see if he will sleep and that little arm waves around wildly grabbing anything it lands on, or he rubs and scratches his face, or pulls his hair. However, once he is asleep if he starts to wake up he struggles and struggles against the swaddle and wakes himself up. If he manages to get an arms out at night he scraches his face or hits himself and also wakes up. My question is, how do I now when he's ready to be unswaddled?

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Ashley - posted on 03/06/2010

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We swaddled our twins until about 6 months. We quit bc they were just unrolling themselves. We cosleep so I think it was easier on them than other babies as we could snuggle and hold them tight.

Lindsay - posted on 03/04/2010

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We used the sleepsacks as a transitional tool from swaddling to being unswaddled too and she did really well with them. Now she just sleeps in her pj's with a blanket.

Sarah - posted on 03/04/2010

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My first DS weaned himself from the swaddle at about 3 months by getting his arms out himself. We swaddled just his belly for awhile, then switched him to a Halo Sleepsack. The general recommendation is to stop swaddling at 3-4 months, and by first having one arm out, then the other, which is what you are trying. Just keep trying, it might take a few days or more. And try a sleepsack - I recommend the Halo brand.

Andrea - posted on 02/27/2010

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I use a swaddler that velcros shut, so she can't get out of it - but she had to have her hands out cause she sucks her thumb - otherwise she's upset. Scratches happen here or there, but how else do they learn not to scratch themselves? Keep their nails trimmed. If you are going to try something new with sleeping - always try it during the day so if you have to make it through some crying, you wont lose sleep.

Tammy - posted on 02/26/2010

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I transitioned my son from swaddle to sleeping bag as soon as he was able to unravel himself from the swaddle. It took a couple days to adjust but the sleeping bag is really good as you dont have to worry about blankets and bub getting uncovered during the night. I would try what amberlee recommended and use mits so he cant scratch his face. Good luck!

Amberlee - posted on 02/26/2010

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Have you ever tried Those sleeping bag things? i would put him in his jammys and then one of those (we do every night) and i would cover his hands with the little hand covers so he can not scratch himself or pull his hair

Good luck

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