My daughter is 5 months old and still loves to be swaddled!

Rebecca - posted on 11/09/2008 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 5 months old and still LOVES to be swaddled! She just cries and cries if I try to get her to sleep without being swaddled! I don't have the patience to rock her and I don't want to get into that bad habit either! Any advice?

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Anne - posted on 11/10/2008

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My baby is 5 months and I have recently returned to swaddling. At about 3 months he really fought me on it and kept wriggling his arms out so I put him in a grow bag which he seemed to love. The last month or so he hasn't been sleeping well and so I've gone back to swaddling. He seems to like it again and it is working well for his sleeping. There is nothing wrong with your baby being swaddled up until around 12 months (I know that hospitals and child services still swaddle up to this age). Definitely avoid rocking - best she learns to fall asleep on her own.

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Fleur - posted on 12/29/2013

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Hi I have 5 month old who likes to be swaddled with arms down but I can't find a swaddle or a baby wrap big enough. Its summer here.

Tamara - posted on 11/12/2008

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my son wanted to be wrapped until he was 8 months old so i let him and one day he just grew out of it and it didnt worry him anymore

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I swaddled my dd until she was 9 months. It was tough weaning her from it so when my 3rd came around I still swaddled him, just loosely. I used a crocheted blanket to swaddle so it was comfy and snug, but he could easily get out of it (lots of holes so I never worried about suffocation). Eventually we stopped needing to swaddle. My newest little one is 4.5 months and she also loves to be swaddled - tight! But I agree. Sleep is sleep. I wouldn't worry about it yet!

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well, i wouldn't say being there for your baby is a "bad habit." our babies need us, and they're only babies once!

Erin - posted on 11/11/2008

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Swaddle her....there is nothing wrong with it and obviously she needs to feel secure. It's not going to hurt her and I agree with not wanting to get in the bad habit of rocking. She will let you know when she doesn't need to be swaddled anymore. I say go for it...if that's what it takes for her to sleep then go with it.

Yvonne - posted on 11/11/2008

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its okay to swaddle her. my dd just like to have the blanket all around her. in a month or two you can start letting her cry for 5 minutes at a time to get used to going down on her own. i agree, get sleep however you can

Bec - posted on 11/11/2008

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Hi i have a 10 mth old son i wrapped him until he was 6.5 mths then used a sleeping bag i worked out that while having them still at the end of their cot putting my son in a bed roll so he couldnt roll over and their sheets up to their shoulders and quite snug they dont seem to mind tha i think maybe because the roll is snug around their sides, But it might be a couple of nights until she gets used to it especially if she is a restless sleeper.

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5 months isnt too old for them to be like that still. I think she just absolutley loves it. MY son is 3 and a half months and loves it too but i have this musical fishtank looking thing that attatches to the side of his crib and it has bubbles in it and very soothing music. He is content watching it and it helps him fall asleep. I was soooo glad that someone got it for me as a gift because otherwise id probably be in the same position, he doesnt just fall asleep unless im holding and rocking him

Stacy - posted on 11/10/2008

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I swaddled my daughter until she was 8 months. It was her choice to stop. One day she just decided she didn't want to be swaddled anymore. My only advice is to let it ride out.

Joell - posted on 11/10/2008

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Well in my opinion she is still young enough that it is OK.My youngest daughter was swaddled until she was 7 months old.She had to be wrapped to go to sleep..We stopped doing it because her feet were sticking out and we couldn't wrap her well anymore lol. As long as your daughter is getting sleep and you don't have to rock her or hold forever and forever,you are doing a good job !!!

Cindy - posted on 11/10/2008

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I swaddled my daughter until she was around 8 months. One morning I woke up and the swaddler was around her head because she had slid down and her legs were poking out the bottom part that their feet tuck into .... We threw it away & started using a sleep sack. She fussed for several nights and then began to sleep fine with out one. With my next child I will probably cut them off at 4 or 5 months just to be safe.

Jaimie - posted on 11/10/2008

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My daughter wanted to be swaddled as well, and would not go to sleep well without it. I asked my doctor about it and he said it wasn't really a problem. We swaddled her clear up to about 10 months when we decided to stop. At that point it really only took one night to get her out of it. I'd keep swaddling (for my own peace!) and break her when the time seems right. 5 months old isn't very old yet. :)

Kara - posted on 11/10/2008

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My daughter was exactly this same way- About 2 weeks ago we decided to teach her to sleep without being swaddled, and we started putting her into a sleep sac when putting her down at night and down without anything (other than her regular clothing) during the day. It took a few days, but now she is sleeping great again, and it's much easier when we have her places such as the church nursery. She now is learning to fall asleep if not swaddled and in other places than her crib. If you can tough out the first few days, it gets much better! :) Good luck!

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