Swaddling ---> not being swaddled? Help!

Jessica - posted on 03/11/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 4-month-old sleeps best when she is swaddled. When she's not, she wakes herself up by flailing her arms or other such actions. She's 27" long now, so she's kind of out-grown all the baby blankets we have to swaddle her with. How would I go about transitioning her from being a baby burrito to having her sleep without constantly waking her self up in the night?

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I stopped swaddling my daughter around that age because that's when the startle reflex starts to go away. If she's too long you could swaddle her without bringing the bottom of the blanket up over her feet. Pretty soon that reflex will stop and you can transition her by swaddling with one or both arms out. I still wrap my daughter with her blanket, just not very tight. It helps keep the blanket on her while she sleeps. They also have sleep sacks that come in various sizes that might work for her.

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Shannon - posted on 03/11/2010

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This happened to us but I just used a bigger diaper, and she slept longer amazingly enough. To help her fall asleep I would dangle toy keys above her and she would hit them to calm herslef down so she would not move everywhere. Also we have a bear that sings songs and lights flash which makes her fall asleep everytime. Good luck

Heather - posted on 03/11/2010

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Keagan hated being swaddled, but does your baby sleep on her back? When babies sleep on their back, they tend to jerk and it wakes them up alot, Keagan sleeps on his belly and sleeps 10 to 12 hours a night usually, hope it helped!

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