Baby & Kids

Transitioning Out of a Swaddle

My babies back when they were babies!

What is swaddling?

Swaddling is a common technique used to help a baby feel secure and calm by tightly wrapping the baby in a swaddling blanket. Babies are born with a natural reflex called Moro Reflex, also known as the startle reflex. This reflex occurs primarily when the baby is sleeping and startles the baby awake. Newborns especially find comfort being snug and warm in a swaddle because it reminds them of the confines of the womb. It’s a great technique that can help keep the baby content and happy throughout the day as well as help the baby sleep.

I used to swaddle both of my children from the day they were born. It helped so much with their naps and during nighttime. In fact, as they grew, it became an instant comforting tool that signaled it was time for sleep!

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So, how to swaddle?

One of my favorite ways to swaddle a newborn baby is to use a muslin blanket.  A muslin blanket is made from super soft cotton and is very breathable. We loved this brand! To swaddle, I used an easy swaddling technique my mom showed me that she used with my brother and I, but you can use the Diamond Swaddle method to guide you. You can also use a zip-up swaddle (or pods) with newborns too, but I have always found them to be lose and not as snug as I wanted them to be. With swaddling a tiny baby yourself you can wrap them as tight or lose as you want.

My baby boy in his beloved Love to Dream Swaddle when he was a tiny baby!

How to transition?

There comes a time, however, when swaddling actually becomes a danger. Usually around 4 months, babies start to roll over. If the baby is swaddled, his or her hands are bound to their bodies and if they flip on their tummy, they won’t be able to flip back. Without their use of hands to lift themselves or turn themselves away from objects like blankets, pillows or stuffed animals, it becomes a suffocation danger. So if you’re observing your child and he or she is starting to roll, even if it’s to one side, you need to transition the baby out of swaddling.

But don’t worry; you don’t have to go cold turkey! There are a lot of great transitioning swaddles out there on the market. My kids loved the Love to Dream Swaddle Up up until 5 months. It has a dual zipper, unlike the Velcro that is super noisy.  But my favorite part is the design of the swaddle. It positions the arms up, which is natural for the baby and if the baby does flip, he or she can easily lift, turn and even sit up while wearing it. It is snug around the waist, which gives the baby a snug and secure feeling. Lastly, the swaddle provides plenty of hip and leg room for proper hip development.

How to wean?

Once it’s time to completely transition and eventually wean, you can use the Love to Dream Swaddle Up 50/50. This is a great swaddle with a great design. With this swaddle, you can unzip the arm wings so the baby can get used to arms out. Around one years old, babies are able to choose their own, favorite sleeping positions. Having a favorite blanket or soft toy helps with the transition and you’ll probably find that they don’t the swaddle at that point.

To keep the baby warm, especially during winter, it’s a great idea to use a wearable blanket. I used this awesome HALO Sleepsack 100% organic cotton wearable blanket. It’s organic cotton, super soft and provides just the right amount of warmth and comfort.

Aren’t sleeping babies the cutest? Back when my little Vik was just 5 months old, snoozing comfortably. As you can see, he flipped, but the wonderful design of the swaddle allows him to control his arms.

If you have found this post interesting and beneficial, please share it amongst your mommy friends! Also, please read these related posts as well! 5 Simple Ways for Kids to Get a Better Nights SleepSay Bye-Bye to Binky: One Simple Trick That Worked Overnight.Thank you my mommy friends!:)


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