Swaddle up?

I have posts brewing!!

In the mean time, I just want to pick your brains about swaddling.

We’ve swaddled BB since he was a wee one, for daytime naps when we’re home and for nighttime sleep.  The other day I decided to search for some advice online about how and when we should think about helping him transition to sleeping without and now I’m freaking the fuck out.

  • Delayed motor skill development.
  • Hip dysplasia.
  • Overheating.
  • Suffocation.

Everyone else, it seems, stops swaddling their baby at 2 or 3 months! In fact, here in the UK, we’re considered weird to have done it at all. Are we damaging our child? How likely is it that he’ll flip face down and not be able to turn back?

He went through a phase a month or so back of busting out of his wrap, a sign of his readiness to move on?, But has not done that in some time. Because we’re wrapping him tighter than ever? I don’t know. He does sleep unswaddled sometimes – out in his pram or pushchair; in the sling; on our laps. We even had a week or so of very hot weather, where he slept in a thin sleep sack or with no cover at all. But we do use a swaddle still, for most sleeps.

I’ve been looking at Woombies and thinking maybe we should switch. Or move him onto his sleep sack. Or just carry on swaddling and stop fretting and let him outgrow it in his own time.

vee xxx


13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by rokuban on August 6, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Hi! I was just getting ready to write an entry about swaddling and found your article! My son is almost 6 months as we still swaddle. I would totally NOT worry about it. His motor skills are awesome…I think that research must have been done on babies who are swaddled almost all day! I have read research on how swaddling is actually BETTER for your baby because it increases their other sensory development. I think you will know when he is ready to get out of the swaddle because he won’t fall asleep in it anymore! My little one wiggled both arms out of his swaddle twice last night so I am thinking that might be a cue…but we’ll see. (I use the organic kiddopotomus swaddle). Anyway, you should just do what feels right for you and your baby and don’t worry about the research. At least 33% of all research studies are totally inaccurate anyway!


  2. Posted by scarredbellybutton on August 6, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    TBB was swaddled for a couple of YEARS. You do what you’ve gotta do. TTG has been swaddled once, maybe twice in order to get him to sleep, then unwrapped once asleep. They are just different.

    You do get better at wrapping tightly as you go I think. I used to be able to pin TBB down really well. Hmmm maybe I should have tried that tonight……….


  3. Posted by sn on August 6, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    when we started to read the same stuff and to freak out about it, we tried a half ass swaddle–tucking in our daughter’s arms tight, but letting her legs loose. soon thereafter, she started consistently busting out of swaddles, and it became a non-issue.


  4. Funny you mention swaddling. Our boys are 4 months old and haven’t been swaddled since they left the NICU partly because we were never good at it and partly because they didn’t like their arms swaddled and they would cry until released! I also read about the developmental stuff and motor skill delay so we figured why bother. Recently they started waking up early so I tried to swaddle from the armpit down and it worked for a bit, so we will stick with that for as long as it lasts! I’d say let your baby tell you when he is done. So long as he doesn’t flip over you should be ok.


  5. Posted by nutella on August 6, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Swaddling has most definitely helped Miles sleep. But now that he’s found his thumbs he is starting to self soothe. He’s been breaking his legs out of the swaddle for a few weeks. I think we’ve just decided to try him unswaddled and see what happens.

    If it helps BB sleep then I’d say stick with it.


  6. you gotta do what works. i am paranoid about the suffocation factor so we now leave his arms out of the wrap and we’re weaning him from it.


  7. check out the Peke Moe sleep sack for swaddle weaning!


  8. Umm, I swaddled my kid until something like 17 months.

    I’m serious.

    She didn’t die. Or suffocate. Or overheat. But she did sleep better. 🙂


  9. We left his arms out but that was because he wouldn’t keep them in. We stopped when he busted out and moved to the sleep sack.


  10. Posted by joey on August 8, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Im a daycare provider and some of the children in our care just sleep better when swaddled… did I mention that these guys are all toddlers. I have even known two year olds that liked having their chest and legs wrapped tightly for naps, so much so that they get their blanket and attempt to do it themselves before a teacher comes over and lends a hand. I also have a good friend who swaddled her daughter at home for naps and night long after she was walking. Just wanted to let you know that there are lots of kids out there getting the swaddle way past infancy. 🙂


  11. Um we swaddled our little one for bedtime regularly up to 18 months… still do sometimes and she is 23 months. It really helps her sleep – she is pretty active and the swaddle was what she needed to calm down.


  12. we swaddled till lj was 7 months – then she got a cold and she slept propped up for a few nights and then we just stopped swaddling and she was fine. Trust your mom guts.


  13. Good post! Well, we swaddled Theo until he started busting out of his swaddler on his own–and left it at that. We tentatively tried the sleeping unswaddled thing for a couple of night, and he didn’t explode like we thought, so we just dropped it. I would say it was about 5-6 months. But–I hear great things about the sleep sacks and I think those you can use for a very, very long time, safely.


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