Transitioning Baby Out of The Swaddle
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Swaddling your baby as a newborn is very comforting for them because it reminds them of the womb. BUT, swaddling them with a blanket can be very dangerous. If the swaddle isn’t tight enough, or if you just suck at swaddling (like me!) then they have the chance of loosening the blanket and wrapping themselves up in it, putting them at risk for SIDS.
We used a swaddle like this one. It’s simple and safe. You just zip them up and velcro it around their arms. A swaddle like this is also helpful because you can transition them out of being swaddled when they start getting older. Once they start rolling from back to front you should not swaddle them anymore, because they need to be able to lift their face off of the mattress in the event that they roll in the middle of the night.
When our baby started rolling from back to front, we knew that we needed to begin transitioning out of the swaddle so that she could lift her head if she needed to. Since the bottom of the swaddle is already loose, her legs weren’t technically swaddled. So we just transitioned her from the swaddle one arm at a time.
For example, for about a week or so we left one arm out of the swaddle and swaddled the other, so she still felt comfortable and cocooned.
After about 7-10 days, we unswaddled the other arm and just wrapped the velcro around her body so she still felt the snugness from the swaddle.
A few days later, she was comfortable enough without her arms being swaddled, that we could just put her in normal pajamas and she was comfortable. She didn’t need to be swaddled anymore.
Once we had established a bed time routine, transitioned out of the swaddle, dropped the night feedings, and taught her how to put herself to sleep at night, it was smooth sailing.
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