Age-Stop Swaddling Baby

At What Age-Stop Swaddling Baby

At what age stop swaddling baby? For the first two months of life, many experts agree that swaddling is a safe and effective way to help soothe your baby and get them to sleep better. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents stop swaddling their babies when they turn two months old. This is because swaddling becomes unsafe if: · Baby starts getting strong enough to break out of the swaddle, causing there to be loose fabric in the crib. · If the baby is one of those strong babies who is born with very good muscle tone then it may not be good for them as they will probably be able to undo tight swaddles quickly.

The AAP recommends that parents stop swaddling their baby with arms in after the correct age. This is because swaddling becomes unsafe if the baby starts getting resistant to swaddling, causing loose fabric to be around in a crib.

You wrap your baby up in a calming cocoon, and little arms stay by the sides of their body. But what age do babies stop swaddling? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents stop swaddling their baby at 2 months old. This is because swaddling becomes unsafe if: Baby gets too strong to break out of the swaddle – and there’s fabric lose in the crib, or Baby turns into an escape artist who can get out AND up!.

If I could give new parents just one piece of advice, it would be to swaddle their newborn. 

Swaddling is an effective technique to help soothe newborns as they adjust to life outside the womb. I swaddled my girls right from the get-go and it was truly a lifesaver during the first couple of months. By wrapping them up tightly, you’re helping them soothe through startle reflex and mimicking the womb environment – which can help them sleep better and for longer stretches.

But as much as swaddling helps, it can’t last forever. Swaddling, when done properly, is completely safe and recommended for newborns. But as they grow and become more mobile, swaddling can become unsafe if you don’t transition your baby out of it at the right time.

When to Stop Swaddling Your Baby

‌You should stop swaddling your baby when they start to roll over. That’s typically between two and four months. During this time, your baby might be able to roll onto their tummy, but not be able to roll back over. This can raise their risk of SIDs.

Transitioning Your Baby Out of a Swaddle

When it’s time to stop swaddling your baby and change their sleep routine, you’ll need to transition them. Some babies may be used to sleeping in a swaddle. Taking them out of it might upset them and cause them to cry more during bedtime. 

Create a brief transition to help them adjust to their new sleeping method. When they’re showing signs of rolling over, you should take the wrap away. You can replace the full swaddle with a wrap that meets your baby’s developmental stage. Be sure to keep their arms free while they’re sleeping. 

You can still wrap your child with the same method you used for swaddling. Just keep their arms out. You can also use a sleep sack or blanket as helpful tools during the transition.  

In a sleep sack, your baby can move around a little. This is different from no mobility with their swaddle. Getting to move around and build their strength is good for their growth. But if they roll over in the night, place them back on their back. Using a sleep sack is also helpful for getting your baby ready to sleep with a blanket when it’s safe.

Once your child is done with the sleep sack, you can transition them to a wearable blanket. This will get them closer to sleeping with a blanket when they’re older. A wearable blanket lets them move their arms and legs freely without hazards. 

How to Get Your Babies to Sleep Without the Swaddle

You may experience a hitch in your transition from swaddle to wearable blanket. If your baby wants to feel “tucked in,” like they did in a swaddle, you can try a different method. 

Put your baby on their back with their feet near the bottom of the crib. Place a blanket over your baby, but make sure it doesn’t reach higher than their armpits. Then tuck the blanket securely into the sides and bottom of the crib. Doing this will make them feel tucked in and reduce the risk of suffocation. 

Dangers of Continued Swaddling

There has been much debate around the positives and negatives of swaddling. Ultimately, it is up to you and your family if you choose to swaddle your newborn.

Ignoring the signs of your baby trying to roll over can be dangerous if you continue to swaddle them. If your baby is fussy and moving more, they can overheat while swaddled. Signs of being overheated include: 

  • Sweating
  • Damp hair
  • Flushed cheeks
  • Heat rash
  • Rapid breathing

After two months, you should reevaluate your baby’s sleeping situation. Stop swaddling if someone is watching your child for you or they’re moving around. Swaddling can be dangerous for babies at any month if it’s not done the right way. Because of this, some child care centers refuse to swaddle babies. Some doctors suggest it could be dangerous for children to be swaddled after 2 months. 

Another danger of continued swaddling is the increased risk of SIDs. It is also possible that your baby could overheat if dressed for bed improperly. Keeping the swaddling blanket too tight can restrict breathing and cause hip problems. If the swaddle blanket is too loose, there’s a risk of the blanket unraveling and suffocating your baby. Following safe swaddle practices can reduce these risks. 

If you have any questions about whether or how to safely swaddle your baby or transition them out of their swaddle, your doctor can help. Together, you’ll decide the best course of action. 

Signs To Stop Swaddling

Swaddling your newborn can calm them down and help them sleep better. This is also a great way to lower their risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDs). Eventually, your baby will outgrow the swaddle. Here’s what you need to know.

By two months old, your baby is not a newborn anymore. He or she has changed a lot. For example, your baby can maintain his or her head from birth to two months old. At this stage, your baby may be strong enough to break out of the swaddle or have loose fabric in the crib. Safety experts do not recommend parents continue to use them past two months of age.

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When To Stop Swaddling

The AAP recommends that parents stop swaddling their baby (arms in) after they turn two months old. This is because swaddling becomes unsafe if: 

  1. Baby starts getting strong enough to break out of the swaddle, causing there to be loose fabric in the crib
  2. Some babies may show signs of rolling onto their stomach while sleeping swaddled

You can continue to keep your baby in their swaddle with one or both arms out beyond 8 weeks old, but it’s important to look out for the signs that it’s time to make the transition out of swaddling altogether.

5 Signs It’s Time To Stop Swaddling

Startle reflex starts to go away
One of the biggest reasons for swaddling newborns is to help them soothe through moro, or startle, reflex. All newborns are born with this reflex but it usually starts to fade anywhere between 2 and 4 months old. If you notice your baby “startling” less, it’s usually a sign that the time to transition out of swaddling is right around the corner.

Baby starts waking up more frequently throughout the night
If it suddenly seems like your baby is waking up more than usual, especially if they’re waking up crying or fussy without needing to be fed, might be because they’re getting uncomfortable in the swaddle. They may be trying to break free or get an arm out and wake themselves up in the process.

Baby breaks out of the swaddle
If you find your baby was able to wiggle an arm out or completely unwrap the swaddle while they sleep, it’s no longer safe to be swaddling as it creates loose fabric in the crib, increasing the risk of SIDS. 

Baby starts showing signs of rolling over
If your baby is working on their rolling skills, it’s time to make the transition to prevent baby rolling onto their stomach while sleeping and not being able to roll back. 

Baby starts fighting being swaddled
Some resistance is normal when swaddling, especially when you first try it on your baby. But if they start full-on fighting the swaddle as they get older, it’s a sign they are ready to sleep arms free.

How To Transition Out Of A Swaddle

If your little one is showing any of the signs it’s time to stop swaddling, you might be looking for alternatives to help them sleep. To ease the transition out of swaddling, try: 

Making the transition slowly: Instead of going cold turkey, transition out of swaddling by swaddling your baby with one arm out for a few nights, then both arms out for a few before dropping it altogether. 

Swap for a sleep sack: Transitioning from the swaddle directly into a sleep sack can really help baby adjust to not being swaddled. Plus, sleep sacks can be worn into toddlerhood! Here are some of my favorite ones. 

Use white noise: Learn more about how white noise helps babies sleep soundly here

Give baby a pacifier: Read what you should know about pacifiers and sleep here

And remember, if you’re struggling at all with our baby or toddlers sleep please contact me here. I am on a mission to help parents around the world get their kids sleeping through the night and yours should be next!

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