Swaddling has been around for a very long time, and that’s because it works. Langes means a baby wrapped in a blanket perfectly. This can help a baby feel safe, and studies show that this could even help prevent sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. Swaddling mimics the tight quarters and the warmth of the womb of the mother, and that may be why it helps babies sleep better, allowing them to sleep more soundly on the back and can make babies wake more easily if something is wrong with them. Although babies like to be swaddled, they grow quickly. So the question is when and how to stop swaddling a baby?
When to Stop Swaddling a Baby:
By the time a baby reaches about three months, they are usually tired of being swaddled and want their room to move. Although each baby is different, and some might prefer to be swaddled a lot more than two months of age, remember that safety is paramount. If your baby is able to roll over, you should not be swaddling any longer; reason being a baby can roll over their face, could be caught in the bed covers and not be able to use their weapons to grow out of it, and so they could choke.
Also keep in mind that maintaining a too hot baby has been shown to increase the risk of SIDS. This is why you should never overdress the baby, and keep the child in a comfortable room temperature, about 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are going to swaddle the baby, it will be too hot, so no nappies in order to turn down the heat.
How to Stop Swaddling a Baby:
Many babies become very used to swaddle and could have trouble falling asleep without it. If you are dealing with this problem, there are proven and-true ways to stop swaddling a baby that will allow them a nice transition into life without diapers. You can do this by providing “sleep triggers” that will help them sleep at the right time. Start with a hot bath and feed them before bedtime. They can sing a song or tell them a story, preferably the same each time, until they get used to falling asleep at the time.
You can also reduce swaddling a tight one with a much looser one, taking a few days at each stage until the baby is wrapped loosely, but not so much that they cannot move their arms freely. Wrap the child up to the height of the chest just for a few weeks so that this could give them time to get use to not having the swaddle, and soon they will sleep well without it.
Watch a video to learn how to stop swaddling:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIHw-k5gDTE
Moms Experiences when Swaddling a Baby:
These moms have crossed questions of when to stop swaddling clothes, and they have found these to be a success, therefore you can try too.
-Case 1: Stop the Swaddling at Four Months
“I had always read that it was a good idea to stop swaddling to four months. I just wanted to swaddle my daughter when she was old enough to move on, because I was very concerned about what might happen if she rolled in a swaddle. Not a good thing to think about! A month ago (when she was about age 4 months) she got to the point where she loved to suck her fingers. I know this is a sign that the baby can soothe with suction, so I thought it was time to give her the space to nurse while she was alone in the crib, while perhaps she went back to sleep and then she woke up. I kept a little loose at the beginning and I noticed that every time she slept, she could work an arm out of the swaddle. I began to wonder if she spent more time and energy on getting this arm out, and maybe that’s why she did not sleep all night. Last week, I decided to get rid of swaddling, cold turkey, and see what happened. Would you believe she slept through the night? She let me know when it’s time to get rid of this swaddle, and I’m glad I did! We all get so much more sleep now. ”
-Case 2 Stop Swaddling at Seven Months
“I know a lot of people stop swaddling a baby when the child is two or three months, but to be honest, my baby is still loves swaddling- and she’s seven months old. I know it seems like it is a defeat to be swaddling at this very late age, but she likes it so much that I cannot bear to remove her again. I thought maybe she was not rolling over when she should and so I tried taking the swaddle, to see if it would make a difference. It made things much worse! It could not literally sleep without the swaddle. Then we tried a coward swaddle, and that did not work either, because she worked her way out and stayed awake. We finally did it in stages … we started with a potato sack dress, and said the one who keeps his arm inside, and we did it for only naps. She seemed to love it a bit. Then we used a dress that revealed her hands only. She seemed to love a little as well, but not as much, so we stayed with it for a few days. Then she moved to pajamas and it finally worked! Of course, we did things that were associated with sleep, such as singing to her and talking when we got her ready for bed. We also made sure she had a full stomach before going to bed at nights. Each step of this took at least three days, but we were patient, and now she’s asleep without swaddling at all. ”