Swaddling

Lindsey - posted on 07/15/2010 ( 27 moms have responded )

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Is anyone still swaddling their baby? My daughter seems to love it still and it helps her sleep through the night. I've tried weening her off of it, but she wasn't receptive.

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Laura - posted on 07/28/2010

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We don't do a true swaddle, but we wrap her little arms up a bit. It really helps her fall asleep. Usually when she wakes up her arms are free. She was right on par for all of her physical milestones (rolling over, sitting up etc.)

Tina - posted on 07/28/2010

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my little boy is 5.5 months old and is still swaddled. he wont sleep for very long if his arms are free, but when swaddled he sleeps 7-7. I was worried about it but my H.V said if he likes it then do it. one day i will go into his room and he would have broken free from it and still be asleep thats when he doesnt need it any more!. if it means you get sleep do it, it hasnt hindered his development at all, to be honest he seems to be advancing quicker for his age!.

Julie - posted on 07/27/2010

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Yes, Josie is 23 weeks and still wakes herself up without it so I swaddle her at night to ensure a long sleep. It doesnt always work though

Danielle - posted on 07/27/2010

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I stopped swaddling my son when he started to roll over. He actually managed to roll himself over while swaddled during a nap one day. All the movement he was making caused the swaddler to slip over his face a little bit. with his hands and arms restricted he couldn't move it from his face. very scary. I was thinking to myself, if this had happened at night while we were sleeping who knows what could have happened. I would recommend stopping if your baby is rolling over, but that is just me.

Morgan - posted on 07/26/2010

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I stopped swaddling my daughter just before 5 mths. She loved it, but I was weaning her from her pacifier so I thought it would be better that she would have access to her hands. It took a couple days, but now she falls asleep without it and sleeps all night long!

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My son moves too much during the night and gets out of it, so I stop about three months ago (he is five months)

Ashleigh - posted on 07/26/2010

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if your baby likes being swaddled then let them. as a baby i was very clingy and the only way my mum could get breathing space was to swaddle me and put me in my cot. i soon grew out of it at about 6 months but if thats what they like then why stop. i had to swaddle my son until he was 2 months, but he gets to figity in bed so i just stopped and he didnt seem fussed. every baby is different, i dont think it effects their milestones, if they are slow at meeting there milestones its not being of swaddling as its during the day when they are awake that they move their muscles and learn how to roll over and so on

Felicia - posted on 07/24/2010

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The only issue with continuing swaddling at this age is the fact that they are starting to move and roll over, cause risk for suffocation when there are blankets in the crib. . . so I personally dress me daughter for the weather and have taken items out of her crib, however you should always do whats with in your own comfort level

Kimberly - posted on 07/24/2010

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I still swaddle my 5 mo old. He always gets his feet out, so I don't make that part so tight, but without the swaddle, he doesn't sleep well at all. He gets up 5-7 times a night without being swaddled...my sanity is more important that worrying about the swaddle. He has met his milestones, and is doing very well. He is also a much happier baby the days he was swaddled during the night. I will swaddle him until he outgrows it. :)

Jessica - posted on 07/24/2010

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i still swaddle and my son is 24 weeks old. the only thing i do different is i don't bring the bottom piece up over his legs, so his legs stick out the end. that way he can move them around at night. so he's in more of a taco than a burrito swaddle.

Vicky - posted on 07/24/2010

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My LO is 22 weeks old and Iam still swaddling her at night. She was 3 weeks early and she is pushing up, rolling over and sitting. Don't sweat it and continue to swaddle if it works for you.

Candita - posted on 07/23/2010

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yes, my son is 5 months and he still likes to be swaddled. He's still little enough to be, so I just do it. It helps him sleep, actually he won't go to sleep without being swaddled!

Ryan - posted on 07/22/2010

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We usually still swaddle my son, and he's going to be 6mo soon. We only do this at night though. I was afraid that if we kept swaddling him that he wouldn't learn to fall asleep on his own. We really tend to play it by ear. Some nights he can sleep just fine without the swaddle, and other times he really needs it to calm down. It just depends it seems. I wouldn't worry about it, your LO will develop just fine whether you swaddle them or not!

Karen - posted on 07/22/2010

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About a month ago I stopped swaddling our son. I am worried about SIDS. He was unwrapping himself while he slept and the swaddling blanket usually ended up around his neck. There was a little more crying at bedtime at first, but he got used to it.

Michelle - posted on 07/21/2010

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Yep still swaddle my 5 and a half month old and will continue to for as long as she wants. There are methods to ween them off starting with one arm out then just legs then the blanket tuck. These diff methods i learnt about in Sheyne Rowleys Dream Baby Guide (the baby whisperer) give it a read if you want to learn how to do em.

Kelly - posted on 07/20/2010

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My first daughter was swaddled until about 6 or 7 mos and we HAD to stop cause she outgrew all the blankets we had. I ended up having to cold turkey it. Does she sleep better at night or for naps and cut it there first. Nothing wrong with her still liking it though, it's a comfort/security thing. So you could also try just letting her sleep with her favorite swaddle blanket as a lovey or a stuffed animal or something for the security aspect.

Jo - posted on 07/20/2010

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If it's still working for you, I wouldn't worry about changing anything yet. I still swaddle my almost 5 month old boy at night but not during the day. He can roll over so I'm not worried about it hindering his development. I like the idea of swaddling with one arm out to transition to not swaddling. I think I'll keep wrapping up my boy as long as it works for us or until the wraps are too small! :)

Lynda - posted on 07/19/2010

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I still swaddle our daughter and she is 5 months old....she is rolling etc so I don't believe that it hinders their development...just go with what works best for you and your daughter...trust your motherly instinct, it will always be right!

Stephanie - posted on 07/19/2010

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I still swaddle my LO, but only at night. She is 5 months old and does not fight against it at all. As for her development she is at or ahead of where she needs to be. If your baby is not in it all the time or not falling behind developmentally, then I would not worry about it. One important thing to remember is that swaddling reduces the chance of SIDS, which has been know to occur up to the first year. I hate to bring it up because it is a scary thing, but I had a co-worker lose her LO to SIDS at 7.5 months. Who knows if swaddling would have saved her or not. Our LO's are growing up fast and when I swaddle my LO I still see her as the little bundle we brought home. I am in no rush for her to grow up.

Jami - posted on 07/18/2010

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I weaned my 5mo old daughter off of it at 3mos. I was scared she would be 1 and I would still be swaddling her. When I weaned her it took a while. I let her lead....I did one arm for a week, put that arm back in and did the other arm for a week then pulled both arms out but still swaddled the bottom part so she would feel the "snug" around her. There were a few times I had to "start over" because she didn't like it, but within 4 weeks I had her off of it.

Merrily - posted on 07/18/2010

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If she is sleeping through the night, I'd leave her be, really. My son hated it from day 1. If she seems to not be reaching milestones otherwise, you may want to adjust but all babies are different and you need to do what works for you as long as everyone is healthy and happy. That's what I think anyways!

Cassandra - posted on 07/18/2010

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Yes. My daughter won't fall asleep unless she's swaddled. Have you tried with just one arm out? Sometimes she'll fall asleep with one or both arms out

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I stopped swaddling my son at 4 months because he hated it,lol. I think it's a persoal choice but I have also heard that you should stop once they are rolling over because it's a safety issue if the swaddle is becoming undone. They can get it wrapped around themselves. But again it's a personal choice and I would think if the swaddle isn't coming undone there is no problem.

Taylor - posted on 07/16/2010

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I still swaddle my daughter. She is 4 and a half months old and cannot sleep more than 30 minutes without being swaddled. She has met all of her milestones on time, if not early, and can roll both ways. And I don't think things will change any time soon!

My doctor said even if she is 9 months old and still wants to be swaddled to sleep, go for it, and that it's only detrimental to their development if you keep them swaddled all the time. Just swaddle her for sleep and don't keep her swaddled all day long. Swaddling is just comforting to some babies!

I wouldn't worry about it hindering her muscle development, chances are she's not going to learn how to roll over or crawl in her sleep. :)

Becki - posted on 07/16/2010

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Yes, i still swaddle my 5 month old and he is doing great! he was a head of schedule with rolling over and is a very active little guy. I have been thinking of trying to phase him out of it but havent started yet, he loves to be swaddled!!

Kelly - posted on 07/15/2010

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I haven't swaddled my little man for some time now. He is such a mover and started that way quite early and didn't like the restriction of the blanket anymore. You may try snuggling with her until she is in a deep enough sleep that you can put her down without waking her, and then gradually wean her to the next step. If you don't already have a lullaby CD, you may try that as well. The music may distract her from the fact that she isn't wrapped in the swaddle. Good luck! It may take a few nights of less sleep but I'm sure she will come around!

Alix - posted on 07/15/2010

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I dont swaddle my daughter. The doctor recommend stopping between 2-3 months because babies need to move their muscles so they can reach all their milestones like rolling over and crawling and sitting up. If their movements are restricted by swaddling it can take them longer to catch up to other babied their age. I had a friend who swaddled until 4 months and her son hit all the milestones a few months later than other babies. She says she definitley wont do it with the next one! Hope that helps!

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