How can I wean my 4 mon. old off being swaddled at night and at naptime?

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Amy - posted on 12/14/2009

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Swaddling is so wonderful; I wish that my baby would have let me swaddle him longer. If they will let you keep doing it, that is great! After my baby had finished letting me swaddle him we went to those sleeping sacks and he used that until about 10 months old when he could start sleeping with a loose blanket.

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One other thing...after reading down further about her hands coming loose and then she wakes up....well, this could be a "temperature" thing with her to. Try a baby beenie (typically a knitted one) and mittens. Just a thought. Our boys are both VERY temperature sensitve, and if they get cold...they wake up.

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Our sons were swaddled until they decided to kick until the swaddling came loose. They know when it is time....we can't make that decision for them :) It is a "comfort" and "security" thing for them :) I agree with Betty though...if you are concerned, by all means start with the arm being out and then graduate from there. My youngest was just over a month when he started to grunt and kick his way out of the swaddled blanket. Now I have him in a sleep sack (3 months) with a light sleeper underneath. He stays comfy, and "asleep". Hang in there :)

Lindy - posted on 10/31/2008

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Keep trying with just nap time and that way you can still get some good night time sleep. You could try just wrapping the tummy. It doesn't help the arms, but could make baby feel secure still. Also, what about the car seat? My son slept in his car seat for a few weeks in his crib and he felt secure, but his movement wasn't as restricted. Good luck.

Barbara - posted on 10/31/2008

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Maybe you could wear her in a sling while she naps. I've read that feeling their caregiver moving around is very good for motor development, and then she wouldn't feel like she needs to flail around because she is nice and secure next to her mama.

Myken - posted on 10/31/2008

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Thanks for the advice ladies....but she keeps waking herself up at naptime with her hands and arms flailing everywhere. Shs sees a physical therapist for torticollis who said we should wean her off the swaddle due to developmental issues.....any other suggestions?

Gwenn - posted on 10/31/2008

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I agree let the child tell you when he or she is ready to be unswaddled. My son kicked his way out early and then it was hard to keep him warm last winter! So maybe it's a good thing, The other advice is great, go straight to sleep sac. My son won't stay in one of those so we just layer him up in fleece. Good luck!

Krysta - posted on 10/31/2008

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I agree completely with these ladies! Let them stay swaddled until they don't need it anymore. It makes them feel secure and doesn't hurt anything!!

Betty - posted on 10/29/2008

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Start by putting one arm out at a time and letting your LO learn to sleep that way...then a few weeks later take out the other arm...then a few weeks later put him/her in a sleep sack (because he/she will most likely need a blanket because we're going into winter...depends on where you live though). I let my son stay swaddled until he was almost 6 months...he slept so much better that way.

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Jaclyn - posted on 10/29/2008

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I don't think its a big deal to keep swaddling your baby while they sleep, but my mom got me a sleep sack, its so fuzzy and warm and it zips up from the bottom so its convienent to change a diaper in the middle of the night! Hope that gives you an idea...good luck!

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