Swaddling Questions

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alwayssmile's picture
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Swaddling Questions

No, not for us. Beccasweet has questions. Little girl is 6 months. She sleeps the longest when swaddled. They Cosleep at night which is working well for them right now, but now that they're moving to a place longer than a heartbeat she wants to transition to the crib for at least part of the night and for naps. She's wondering how long this huge board of moms swaddled and if any swaddled past 6 months. She's concerned about her LO rolling in the crib while swaddled. Arms out swaddle (like sleep sacks too) don't help at all with sleep (as in up after 20 minutes!). Do you keep the baby from rolling or let them be and reroll or what?

We didn't swaddle past a few weeks so I'm not much use to her with this one!

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I wish I could help. Neither of my girls liked being swaddled so we didn't do it that long with DD1 and not at all with DD2. Can they swaddle her with one arm out?

AnnaRO's picture
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We swaddled and then quit at around 4 months and then started up again around 7 months. I just swaddled her tight and put her down in the crib. When swaddled it was much harder for her to roll and since she was usually out within a few minutes it wasn't and issue. Around 9 months she started getting out of the swaddle so we phased out after that but still used it occasionally to get her to fall asleep.

I don't swaddle Kole. The few times I've tried it he hated it and he usually sleeps great, so no need.

redneckgirl82884's picture
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We swaddled for about 3 months. When she started rolling around more we went to the sleep sacks and that seemed to work and then at about 5 mo she just decided she didn't like it anymore.

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My sneaky ninja babies broke out of the swaddles quickly/ needed their arms out to play with their hands in their mouths. Could she put rolled up receiving blankets on either side of dd below face level of course to see if that'd help? Maybe try it during a time she could monitor her first? Good luck!

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Sorry no help here, Evan didn't like it at all. I don't even know if we lasted three weeks.

cactuswren's picture
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Me! Me! OMG I thought we were going to be stuck swaddling her when she was in college...it was seriously at least 9 or 10 months before we finally weaned off it. I don't recall ever having any issues with rolling, though. I think she mostly just didn't at that point anyway, and even if she did, by then they're plenty strong to be safe sleeping in whatever position they want. I'd just keep the crib totally free of pillows and blankets other than the swaddling blanket, and she should be fine.

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Oh wait, one more thought--we didn't do this with Addy but I remember with my little brother (I was 14 when he was born, so I remember well!) we used to stuff a little pillow inside his shirt to keep him from rolling on his belly...that might work for her if she's really concerned about it!

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We swaddled Teagan until she was about 6 months. We only stopped because we (to our terror) left her swaddler in my Dad's trailer after camping! We probably would have swaddled longer but going cold turkey wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. Teagan wasn't much of an escape artist in her sleep but she would pop an arm out here or there. We mostly co-slept but started transitioning from the co-sleeper to her crib around the time we stopped swaddling. We just kept the crib free of blankets and pillows. Tell her to just play it by ear. There's nothing wrong with swaddling beyond 6 months. Just do what works to keep the kid asleep!

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

There's nothing wrong with swaddling beyond 6 months. Just do what works to keep the kid asleep!

ITA with this. Adair had crazy possessed "bad hands" when she was asleep--if she wasn't swaddled, she'd rip out her own pacifier, smack herself in the face, etc etc. Honestly the only way we were able to stop swaddling was by putting her on her stomach, because it helped control the flailing. So we had to wait until she was plenty old for that to be safe. Even now I think she sleeps more soundly on her stomach, and will still occasionally startle and wake herself up if she's on her back.

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I swaddled both mine until about 2 - 3 mo and then transitioned to the sleep sack. I never had any problems w/ them sleeping well in the sleep sack though. Actually, Lucas still sleeps in his! (In the toddler version w/ feet.) I remember that once they were able to roll over on their own they both did it naturally in their sleep and I just let them. I got tired of turning DD back onto her back 50 times a night, and by the time Lucas started rolling over I didn't even bother to put him back.

TiggersMommy's picture
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Wasn't Lucas rolling over at something ridiculous like 2 weeks?

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

Wasn't Lucas rolling over at something ridiculous like 2 weeks?

I believe it was 5 weeks, if memory serves. Still incredibly ridiculous!

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We swaddled Odin until about 10 months. He didn't roll when swaddled but I felt he could lift his head if needed from like 4 or 5 months on. Even at 2 months Archer turns his head to the side when tummy sleeping so I think it's pretty instinctual. We weaned Odin off the swaddle 1 arm at a time and then just around his belly over a few weeks. I would have swaddled forever if he hadn't started walking!

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My boys were all swaddled until well over 6 months. Then we did like Joy. One arm out, then both over the course of a couple weeks.