Swaddling my 3 month old

Jamie - posted on 04/08/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have a 3 1/2 month old baby boy. He will not sleep more than 30 minutes at a time unless he is swaddled with 2 receiving blankets. This is the way the hospital wrapped him up and we started doing it at home but now we can't break him of it. Is this normal? Does any other mom experience this?

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Lyndsay - posted on 04/10/2010

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My son was kicking his way out of blankets after a couple of weeks, but I think a lot of babies prefer to be swaddled a lot longer. He's still young, let him enjoy it! Once he starts rolling over and moving around, he may start to feel restricted and give it up.

Kalie - posted on 04/10/2010

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Both my babies loved to be swaddled and I swaddled them until 6 months! They freaked me out when they would roll over in their sleep. Can't roll when swaddled! Also keeps them from being cold. Oh yeah my aunt made me huge recievers so that's how itwas possible. :)

Abby - posted on 04/10/2010

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Yes! My son went through the same thing. He is now 2 1/2 and obviously, no longer swaddled. Around 3/ 3.5 months we tried breaking him by starting with one arm out for a couple of weeks, then eventually we moved to two arms out, just swaddling his middle. We eventually were able to take the whole thing away. You will get there. it just takes some time.

Sarah - posted on 04/09/2010

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My LO sleeps the best swaddled as well, but we use Halo sleepsack swaddles (that's what we used in the hospital and were sent home with a free one as part of some program they have). I think a lot of babies would love to be swaddled forever! My first LO weaned himself by breaking his arms out at 3 months, but the Halo ones are much tighter, so we'll see how it goes with LO#2. Anyhow, I read on my Halo package that you should stop swaddling if your LO shows signs of rolling over, breaking loose, or not wanting it. If your LO isn't doing any of those yet, keep swaddling! And when you are ready to wean him, try one arm out first then transitioning to a regular sleepsack.

Melanie - posted on 04/08/2010

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I was always worried that my daughter was too cold and continued to swaddle her until she would throw them off on her own. I think she started to do that between 3 and 4 months. I wouldn't be too worried about breaking him of it. He'll probably let you know when he's ready. Unless he's getting too warm. Then I might be concerned.

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