My 10 week old keeps breaking out of her swaddle. I don't think she's ready to be out completely so how do I keep her from breaking free of the swaddle?

Barbara - posted on 03/23/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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When she breaks out she cries and we have to get up and reswaddle. If it wasn't for the reswaddle she'd be sleeping through the night!!

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Here is the most amazing swaddle ever.  I am going to order one ASAP.  check out the website.  I have the one with the velcro and my baby breaks out too and then he cries and I have to reswaddle...pain in the butt.



 



www.thewoombie.com

Jana - posted on 03/23/2009

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My daughter was never swaddled correctly.minutes after she was born the nurse tried to swaddle her and she just threw her little arms out and would not let the nurse wrap them in the blanket.  One male nurse was able to get her arms to stay in (with 2 blankets) but other then that one time, I swaddled her but left her arms out.  She would scream if I tried to put her arms in!  I could tell when she needed to be swaddled, and as long as her arms were out she was fine.  Maybe a modified swaddle would work for your daughter.  I hope you find something that works, I would have loved to use the blankets with velcro that a lot of people have mentioned, they seemed great.

Suzanne - posted on 03/23/2009

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I highly recommend the Aden & Anais swaddle blankets.  



http://www.adenandanais.com/



They're big and made of open weave cotton, which means you don't have to worry about overheating.  Our little guy went through a spell of breaking out as well, but it soon passed and then he went right back to being swaddled.  The other thing we do now is that we swaddle and then put the sleep sac on top, so if he breaks out a bit, usually the sleep sac still makes him feel contained enough that he stays asleep.  Of course, when we do this, we make extra sure the room isn't too hot (or he isn't too hot).



Unlike some of the other posters, I actually think that just because your DD is breaking out of her swaddle, doesn't mean she's necessarily done with it.  10 weeks is just coming off the really fussy stage (weeks 6-8 usually), so maybe she's just going through some developmental growth thing.  Of course, if you can get away without swaddling...it's worth a try!



Good luck.



 

Jessica - posted on 03/23/2009

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I completely agree with Barbara Webb above. My daughter stopped wanting a swaddle around 8 weeks. It was frustrating because I thought she needed it and was cold. I switched to a halo sleepsack and the next week (9weeks) she was sleeping through the night and quite happy. And I think if you have a more active baby it's a better option as they can exercise their muscles.

Sarah - posted on 03/23/2009

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Are you using a swaddleme? My DD broke out of blankets within hours of being born, but the swaddleme (kiddopotamus) works like a charm. I suggest them above others that have velcro because I've tried others and she effortlessly breaks out of them, but never breaks out of the swaddleme as long as she's tightly swaddled. I recommend the fleece, as they're harder to break out of. My DD can't sleep if she's not tightly swaddled, so I feel your pain! Babies R Us has swaddlemes, Walmart.com does (but not in store), and I don't know where you are, but if you're in the mid-west in the US, Meijer had them in-store as well. I've never read or heard anything about swaddling leading to SIDS, but have read the opposite. Also, if you're concerned about SIDS, make sure to have a fan blowing indirectly toward your baby's crib (a ceiling fan is even better!). HTH!

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Helen - posted on 03/24/2009

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maybe she just doesnt like being swaddled - we stopped after 6 days and put him in a baby sleeping bag instead - slept through the night from 5 weeks

Melissa - posted on 03/24/2009

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Do you swaddle her with her arms in or out? I have noticed some of the halo sacks and swaddlers are designed for arms out so if you have been swaddling her with her arms in you may try that and see if she just wants her arms free.

Jennifer - posted on 03/23/2009

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My oldest son used a Kashwere blanket and they are wonderful.  They stretch and are so soft!  With my other 3 kids, I have used the Swaddle 1-2-3 blankets.  They are light weight cotton flannel and they are huge!  They also have directions on them as to how to swaddle! 

Chris - posted on 03/23/2009

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The miracle blanket is wonderful.



MIRACLE BLANKET- To help your little one sleep-

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I found this really nifty swaddle blanket at babies R us, i think its like 10 bucks. but its velco that holds it together.

i worked wonders for my baby

Barbara - posted on 03/23/2009

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I think she's definitely trying to tell you she's done with being swaddled.  One of mine was sitting up by himself at 3 months (that is unusual).  they all develop at their own speed, and they will often let you know when they want to move on.  For nights, maybe she's just getting cold.  Try a children's sleeping bag.  Look for one that is a "slumber bag" made for sleep overs.  Those are cute and not too hot and not quite as big.  Another thing you could do would be to tuck a larger blanket tightly over her and under the mattress.  We used a sleeping bag for one of mine, though, and that also helped make the transition to a big bed later on.

Cheryl - posted on 03/23/2009

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I never swaddled, tightly. In a study they had a direct link to SIDS and swaddling! I just did it loosly and he never faught himself free. I also really liked a bigger blanket knitted ones when they could get there fingers around and get a great hold of.



They are back and forth on the swaddling thing. I dont have and judgment on it some babies need to be swaddled.

User - posted on 03/23/2009

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Have you tried the ones that has velcro on them? Thats what I used on my baby and she had no problem. Hope that helps!

Amanda - posted on 03/23/2009

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Do you use a swaddle blanket or just a receiving blanket? If you don't have a swaddle blanket you should get one.....it worked wonders for my daughter (swaddled for 5 1/2 mos.)!!! Kidopotamus makes them in differents sizes for the bigger they get. Good Luck!!!

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