SWADDLING: When/how do I cut back?

Posted on December 1, 2017. Filed under: raising multiples, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

It is common to swaddle babies, especially in light of the fact they respond very well to the tightness of swaddling, simulating the tightness felt in the womb.  Swaddling also ensures that baby is warm with less of a threat of them inadvertently covering their faces with a loose blanket while moving around.  A challenge is how to tell when baby/babies is ready to transition out of swaddling.  There are some clues which begin anywhere from 3 to 6 months old, depending upon the baby (factors can include gestational age at birth, current weight, maturity, developmental milestones, health status or more).  Note that EACH baby may not be ready to transition at the same time.

-baby is about ready to begin/try turning over, i.e. loosen the swaddle BEFORE they actually learn to turn over.  Having an arm(s) free allows baby to push him/herself back and raise its head should they turn over in the night;

-baby is looking for his/her hand while not swaddled to put in his/her mouth to self-soothe.  Having one or both arms free during the night allows for them to potentially soothe themselves and go back to sleep rather than a false alarm interpretation that they are hungry; or

-baby may begin to “fight” against swaddling.

Any or all of these may present even before there is a switch to using blankets and there are some swaddling outfits which make it easy to transition.  If you feel one of your babies is ready to begin to stop swaddling, you have the option, with Halo in particular, to take out one or both arms from the swaddle and yet they remain swaddled from the armpits down (to stay warm).  With Kyte or Grobag the arms are already free with the short-sleeved version.  You may want to try a couple of brands/styles to see which works best for your babies.

Halo Sleep Sack Swaddle:  https://www.mightymoms.club/stop-swaddling/

Kyte Baby:  store.kytebaby.com

Grobag Baby Sleep Bag: well.ca/products/grobag-baby-sleep

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