Swaddle

Marisa - posted on 01/01/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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We have been swaddling our son since he was two weeks. Now, at almost four months, he can't sleep without it. However, he struggles all night long to break free. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to break him of the swaddle without just letting him cry for hours?

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Sarah - posted on 01/07/2009

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I know there's the whole "Back to back" campaign, but have you tried letting him sleep on his stomach? Ethan won't sleep for more than an hour on his back, but will sleep 6-7 hours on his stomach. Since he was able to lift his head and chest, I've let him sleep on his stomach since he was about 4 wks (although I did wake up more than he did the first couple nights to check on him!).

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Ali - posted on 01/07/2009

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I've swaddled Kenidee(9/19) since she came home from the hosptial. She was born with Spina Bifida, so she was in there for a couple weeks after birth...which means more swaddling from the nurses. It was basically necessary for her to sleep. Now, 3 months later, she is still swaddled. Until last night that is. Because of a bad cold she has, she slept in the bouncy and I just tucked, very tightly, a blanket underneath her. She of course, broke her hands out of it around 12 am and I thought, it's worth a try. I didn't tuck her back in she slept the rest of the night. I think she uses her hands to soothe herself but not in her mouth. Both arms go above her head and it almost looks like she's holding the top of her head. I'm going to try again tonight. I have a feeling she's ready to be "free"...lol. Good luck everyone.

Megan - posted on 01/07/2009

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We swaddled Ethan after he was born and it was the only way he could sleep peacefully.  By the time he was about a month he started getting frustrated so I would swaddle him with one arm out (we did this with my 2 yr old too).  Then a couple weeks later he needed to have both arms free, yet he slept better if I kept the rest of his body swaddled.  He stayed like this for a couple of weeks.  Now he sleeps great without any swaddling.

Chloe - posted on 01/07/2009

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My son is just over 3 months and we went cold turkey on the swaddling just last week. I thought I would just try him in a sleeping bag and amazingly he was exactly the same.....did not sleep for any longer or shorter time. There was a bit of crying but there always is as he is learning to go to sleep on his own. I would just hold his hands and shh him periodically. Good Luck!

Amy - posted on 01/06/2009

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I'm in the same boat, in fact my son cried for an hour the other night because the swaddles were in the washing machine (big mistake washing all at once). Most of the time I find him with his hands above his face and sometimes I think he wakes himself up trying to break free. The other night when he was sleeping with me ( I can't get him in the crib yet) I saw him fighting it and I slowly loosened the velcro one at a time until his arms were free and that seemed to work. My best friend though said her son used the swaddle till 12 months and it was ratty and torn!!

Jennifer - posted on 01/06/2009

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Our baby has been swaddled since he was born as well. I was re-reading "secrets of the baby whisper" the other day and noted that she mentions after your baby can find his hands you should swaddle him with his hands bent up toward his face with just his hands out. I tried it first during the day when he napped. This method worked great cause I used to give him a soother as he likes to suck right before sleeping, but sometimes I have to go back in a few times as it would fall out and he'd cry, but now he sucks on his hand instead of the soother and falls asleep right away. This also worked great to get past the middle of the night feed as he would wake but comfort himself by sucking on his hand and fall back asleep. The last few nights he was completely out of his swaddle by the morning but he didn't wake because of it. So all day today and tonight I put him in his crib without the swaddle! Now that he has better control of his arms I guess he's ready not to be swaddled anymore. We'll see if he stays asleep tonight without it :)

Leslie - posted on 01/06/2009

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We had been swaddling Toby since birth (9/19) until just the other night. He was fighting the swaddle so much but could not sleep without it. We actually were still using hospital blankets, but we also had a little velcro "belt" that went around to hold the blanket together (it's the swaddle part of the Halo sleepsack/swaddle blanket combo if anyone is familiar with that). Anyways, over the last 2 weeks Toby was waking up 15 mins after we rocked him to sleep and this would go on for 2 1/2 - 3 hours before he fell asleep for the night. During these few hours he would get himself into such a fit trying to break out of the swaddle and get even more hysterical. We had had enough so we decided to Ferberize. We also ditched the swaddle at the same time. Has been a little rough (cried for 40 mins the first night), then 30 mins last night, then only 25 tonight, though the night is still young. If you are not up for letting your baby cry it out, supposedly the best way to wean them from the swaddle is by letting them sleep with one arm out for a while, then both arms for a while. Oh and if your baby is scratching himself, file his nails. It's annoying to do, but I couldn't bear to see the scratches on Toby's face! Good luck!

Angela - posted on 01/06/2009

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I just ordered a woombie. Thanks so much for the info. My fingers are crossed that this works for me cause I have tried three different swaddle blankets and none have worked.

Alicia - posted on 01/05/2009

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We swaddled Lucas from birth until 3 months (maybe a bit more) He started fighting it though, so we figured it was time to move on. We have a sleep sac (a baby sleeping bag with arms) that replaced swaddling. Lucas really liked that as well. I think he just needed something consistent at bed time that let him know it was time to go to sleep.

Do you swaddle him during his naps...maybe try to eliminate that first. Or start off the night without swaddling, see how he does and swaddle him if he starts crying, and then do the same when he gets up to feed.

Ali - posted on 01/04/2009

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I have an actual swaddle blanket that velcros over the baby. It's from this website. http://www.kiddopotamus.com/ Just curious if anyone has tried both and which they like better. I know this one works for us right now, but who knows in the future and I'd love to have ideas about other products. She just loves to be wrapped tight. :)

Kaitlen - posted on 01/01/2009

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I just checked out the Woombie website... AMAZING!! I'm going to talk to DH about getting one or two or three... I'm thinking it would help DD also almost 4 months old!! I did talk to my friend about this and she said she swaddled her DD for almost 6 months and one day just decided to try putting DD to sleep without it and... no problems. I'm thinking this is not going to be the norm, but it's worth wishing for!! Good luck!

Holly - posted on 01/01/2009

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Hi there - we are in the same boat! I know we need to drop the swaddle eventually, but DS is hooked right now.



Our DS has started to break out of his swaddle at night, then cries for us to come in and wrap him back up. Once we do, he falls right back to sleep. The other issue we were having is when he got "free" from the swaddle he'd go crazy and end up scratching his face. So I went on a mission and found this - http://www.thewoombie.com/. The Woombie arrived this week and we've been using them for naps and nighttime for four nights now. Here's the report...



- He can move around more than he could in his Miracle Blanket but he can't get his arms out (he can get his fingers out and up to his face) - no wild arm movements or face scratching

- It took him nearly an hour to fall asleep in it the first night and the first full day of naps were rough, it took him longer to fall asleep and he was waking mid-nap

- After just a couple days he sleeps just as well if not better than he did before the woombie, we've had our first back-to-back nights of uninteruppted sleep - amen, let's hope it lasts!



So, I think it's one step closer (more freedom to move his arms) to dropping the swaddle which we'll do once he can roll over back to front. Good luck!

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