How to transition out of a swaddle!
Updated: Mar 22
If you've been swaddling your baby since the beginning, you most likely have seen how it has a calming effect and most likely helps them sleep.
You may also be worried about removing the swaddle because you don't know how your baby is going to sleep without it...
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
-Swaddling is recommended for newborns up until 2-3 months of age.
-If you're noticing that swaddling isn't working as it used to for sleep, it may be time to consider something else.
-If they are rolling over or have broken out of a swaddle, it's time to consider some alternatives.
But does the thought of going from a swaddle to a regular sleep sack freak you out?
There are a few things you can do!
1) One arm in, one out
If your baby is breaking out of the swaddle regularly, then consider leaving one arm out (the one that typically escapes), and you may find that your baby settles faster due to not trying to be an escape artist.
2) Baby is constantly waking themselves up?
A zipadee zip sleep sack is a great transitional sleep sack as it has 'some' containment but allows for more movement than a traditional swaddle.
Does your baby have a significant Moro-reflex (meaning their arms are flailing all the time!) and it seems to be very disruptive, the Merlin suit may be what you need.
It's a weighted sleep sack and it can help with babies who have a reflex that hasn't tapered down as they approach 3-4 months of age.
Keep in mind, the Merlin suit size stops at 9 months, so only invest in it if you truly think that your baby's reflexes are disruptive.
If your baby isn't sleeping well no matter what they wear, then let's address the sleep;)
4) Pull the trigger!
You may be surprised to see that within a few nights your baby has adjusted *just fine* to a regular sleep sack! Give it a try and see what happens!
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