Post # 1
I was just wondering for how long you should swaddle a baby?
Little E is 7.5 weeks now, and will not go to sleep/stay asleep if his arms have the ability to move… So we’re still swaddling, although we let his feet loose because since the beginning, he always gets them out of the blanket anyway and can sleep soundly without them being in it.
I read somewhere that swaddling past the first month can lead to problems with development and mobility. I don’t want to cause that, but I also don’t want a baby suffering from lack of sleep!
What was your strategy?
Post # 3
You should always ask your pediatrician about these things instead of relying on reading material. I’ve read so much bogus stuff online if I listened to it all I’d go mental.
Our daughter was about 10-12 weeks or so (I think) when she stopped being swaddled. We didn’t decide for her. Once she started wriggling out of her little burrito wraps, we knew she was done. Babies naturally like the feeling of being held and comforted.
Post # 4
@KatyElle: Oh he wriggles out of it if we don’t wrap him tight enough. Then uses his arms to keep himself from falling back to sleep.
Post # 5
@mommytobee: Some babies really resist being swaddled. But you can safely swaddle a baby right up until you notice them rolling over on their own. Ask your pediatrician either way if you’re not sure. The not swaddling after a month thing, that’s just not true.
Post # 6
I agree with @KatyElle: It is dependent on the baby. Best to talk to your pediatrician, I judge it to be best to stop swaddling when they can ‘free’ themseves of the swaddle completely.
Post # 7
Definitely ask your doctor; they should be able to explain when/if you should stop swaddling for safety reasons. We swaddled our daughter with her arms in until 3-ish months; then we still swaddled her lower body until 8 or 9 months. Even now she likes to be wrapped up in her blanket for bedtime; some kids just really like the comfort of having a blanket wrapped around them.