Most babies sleep so well when swaddled, that many parents wish that they could swaddle their babies forever. If you are one of those parents, you are probably dreading the thought of one day having to transition your growing baby out of your favorite swaddle.
So if you are a parent wondering “When should I stop swaddling my baby?” then rest assured we have you covered. Follow the steps listed here and you won’t need to lose sleep over this question ever again… literally. Once you know the following 3 things you will be able to cope with this challenging time like an expert and know when to stop swaddling.
Know the Swaddle Transition Signs
Learn How To Transition With the Zen Swaddle and Zen Sack
Follow Our Step-By-Step Swaddle Transition Plan
Although exact time may very for each baby, somewhere between 4 to 6 months your baby may grow too strong or too mobile to stay swaddled through the night. During this time she may also grow enough neck, arm and back strength to start to roll over. When any of the above take place, you may find her sleep routine changing. This may be a good time to start a transition plan from a swaddle. So to summarize the signs to wean them from the swaddle are:
○ Increase in activity and taking arm(s) out mid sleep.
○ Fighting being swaddled and at times wanting one or both arms out.
○ Starting to roll-over due to increased arm and neck strength.
○ Waking up in the middle of the night often after a history of sleeping well.
○ Decreased or no startle reflex (moro reflex).
Just like you would take a little time to adjust to a new sleep routine, new mattress or a pillow, babies can take some time adjusting during this transition.
A gradual transition works well for you and your baby. The good news is that the Zen Swaddle allows your baby to adjust to this transition gradually. With the Zen Swaddle, you can swaddle with one or both arms out. You can start first by swaddling with their dominant arm out. Once your baby is used to sleeping this way, you can swaddle with both arms out.
Once your baby is used to the freedom and has learned to sleep with one or both arms out, it is time to stop swaddling and switch to a sleeping sack/bag.
The Zen Sack is the best for this transition. This wearable baby blanket allows your baby to move freely, while eliminating the safety concern of loose blankets in their sleep environment.
To guide you, we have created a nifty step by step plan: 4-Step Swaddle Transition Plan. This transition plan outlines steps you can follow each day to successfully transition from a swaddle to a wearable blanket within 7-10 days.