How to transition from swaddling

How to transition from swaddling

I was (and still am) the swaddle pro of our entire family. When someone has a new baby around here, they turn to me for advice on how to wrap up their new bundle of joy just like the hospital nurses do. Sadly, this swaddling phase of life does not last forever, and when it comes to an end a lot of parents are left thinking, “Well, what now?” and hoping they won’t be giving up too much sleep. Luckily, there are some ways to ease out of this phase and into a swaddle transition.

How to transition from swaddling

Ever since I read Happiest Baby on the Block, I have been a devout “swaddler” of newborns. My kids loved being wrapped up tight like little burritos, and as weird as it may seem it’s been proven through research that swaddling makes babies feel comfortable and safe. It’s my number one tip for helping your newborn chill out.

Swaddle Transition – 4 Easy steps to transition out of swaddling!

The first parenthood struggle about this subject is typically how to know your baby is ready to stop being swaddled. There is not set in stone answer obviously, but there are some typical signs that it’s time. At some point, your baby just will not stay swaddled through naptime or at night. This means they have become strong enough to escape their comfy warm burrito.

They may also begin to fight being wrapped into a swaddle in the first place and especially want their arms to be free. The clearest indicator that it’s time to stop swaddling is when they begin to roll over. It’s dangerous for your baby to sleep on their belly in a swaddle and if they can get in that position themselves then it’s no longer safe to have them wrapped up.

Once you have made the decision to stop swaddling, you should know there is going to be a bit of a transition period. Especially if your baby was a big fan of being all wrapped up, they might not quite know what to do with themselves. Just be patient, it will all get easier once you have a new routine.

Understanding the Moro Reflex

You probably have seen babies fling their arms up in the air with clenched fists while bringing their knees close to their chest. This funny little move is the Moro Reflex. It is often referred to as the startle reflex and is your baby’s attempt to protect itself from any danger. The What to Expect books do a great job of explaining what the Moro reflex is really all about and how swaddling helps babies feel secure which keeps them asleep.

While it’s incredible that humans are born with this reflex, it can be a real pain when trying to lock down a sleep routine. Understanding this reflex is an important part of knowing if your baby still needs to be swaddled or if they can move on to a new phase.

How to do the Swaddle Transition – 4 Easy Steps

How to transition from swaddling

1. Loosen up.

No, not your overall attitude (although I could definitely use this tip, personally). This step will help you to determine if your baby is ready to stop being swaddled. Loosen your swaddle up a bit from how you usually secure it.

This will help the transition from being held in so tightly. If they escape from this loose swaddle, it will also be a clear sign it’s time to move forward.

2. Swaddle leaving one arm free.

Your baby probably has one dominant arm and it’s best to choose this as the arm to be free. For this step and the next one, there are some awesome swaddle blanket options to make it a little easier.

3. Swaddle with both arms free.

When attempting this step, it is important to check again if your baby is really ready to transition out of swaddling. If they’re still showing signs of the Moro-reflex or they aren’t sleeping well, it might be too early still.

4. Wearable blankets!

These little contraptions are a lifesaver going through this transition. They were not popular when my oldest kids were babies, but are now super popular and something every mom should have. They will comfort your baby without the restriction of swaddling.

Best Swaddle Blankets for Swaddle Transition

As with all baby products, make sure to read the safety guidelines for each of these items before trying them out.

“How do I Transition or Wean My Baby from a Snug Swaddle?” is a question we often hear.

We offer a new EASY way to transition baby from a snug swaddle.

Our Transitional Swaddle Sack® has a snug body and uniquely shaped ¾ length, arms up, sleeves with fold over mitten cuffs that may be worn open or closed.

How to transition from swaddling

When the cuffs are closed the sleeves provide partial suppression of the Moro (Startle) reflex, and very importantly, if baby were to roll over, baby can use their arms to push up and get access to air.

How to transition from swaddling

Our Transitional Swaddle Sack may be used from Day One under a Swaddle blanket or by itself.

Cuffs may be worn open so baby can self soothe or closed if concerned about facial scratches.

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It’s great for babies who prefer to sleep with their arms up, and it is recognized by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute as Hip Healthy.

How to transition from swaddling

The Transitional Swaddle Sack is a very important, patent pending innovation for babies who can roll over, but are not ready for a loose sleeping sack or who do not sleep well in a roomier wearable blanket.

The Transitional Swaddle Sack is the ideal Stage 2 Safe Sleepwear solution.

How to transition from swaddling

The Transitional Swaddle Sack bridges the gap between a snug classic swaddle and a loose sleeping sack.

It has a 2 way zipper and is easy to use:

How to transition from swaddling

The Transitional Swaddle Sack with Arms Up design supports multiple natural sleep positions and partially suppresses the Moro (Startle) Reflex while providing swaddle comfort and support.

How to transition from swaddling

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents to stop restraining baby’s arms in a snug swaddle around two to three months or when baby shows signs of starting to roll over. However, many babies are not ready and are unable to sleep well in a loose wearable blanket at this stage. If parents continue to swaddle their baby with arms restrained at this stage, the risk of suffocation increases if baby was to roll over.

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Lynette, our founder, has made it her life mission, and the mission of SwaddleDesigns, to help new parents prevent sleep deprivation and exhaustion by providing educational content based on the AAP safe sleep recommendations and to provide safer sleepwear for babies.

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So you’ve reached that wonderful — and often dreaded milestone: your baby is ready to give up the swaddle. But are you? Do you know how to wean from swaddling?

Many parents of newborns worry that they will have to actively “wean” their baby from swaddling. Luckily, babies often send clear signals that they don’t like being swaddled anymore as they get more mobile. You’ll learn:

  • When to stop
  • Intermediate options to try
  • Helpful products to try
  • Wakefulness windows for babies

How to transition from swaddling

When to Stop Swaddling

On average, babies are ready to be weaned off swaddling between three and four months. However, many babies continue to enjoy being swaddled for naps while not be swaddled for night sleep. That’s ok! It’s more difficult to go to sleep during the day so swaddling can help.

It’s time to stop swaddling when your baby:

  • Wiggles out of their swaddling blanket frequently.
  • Rolls over
  • Fights the swaddle more than usual
  • No longer quiets easily when swaddled

Too early to sleep train? What can you do until then?
Read: Starting Sleep Training? 10 Steps to Take BEFORE You Start

How to Wean From Swaddling

  • Try swaddling her with one arm out. If she fusses and hits herself, she is not ready. Try again in a couple of weeks.
  • If she is happy, leave her arm out. In a couple of days or weeks you can try putting her down with both arms out. It’s ok to keep the torso swaddled if your baby likes it!
  • Some babies even like having their legs unswaddled first before trying the arms. It’s worth a try!
  • If your newly unswaddled baby is fussing when you put him down, you can stay by his crib and put your hands on his chest to calm him. Then slowly reduce the pressure, and finally lift your hands off completely. Be careful, you don’t want to form a new sleep crutch during this process.
  • You can begin weaning at night first and work on naps later if you have been swaddling for naps in addition to nights, and your baby is not yet rolling but you sense it’s around the corner, .
  • If your baby is rolling, it’s time to start weaning him off the swaddle, one arm at a time, right away. If your baby is not rolling yet but busting out of her swaddle despite your expert swaddling techniques, try transitioning with a blanket sleeper, or a sleep sack. That will let them move around, but still give them that cuddly contained feeling. You can even try a sleep sack with “wings” that you can gradually loosen.

What is the Sleep Lady Shuffle?
Read: The Sleep Lady Shuffle: How to Gently Sleep Train your Baby

Products that Help You Wean From Swaddling

Swaddle Up 50/50 by Love To Dream

Designed with safety in mind, the Swaddle Up line of baby sleep sacks can be used from the newborn stage on. The Swaddle Up 50/50 is specifically designed for the baby who is weaning from the swaddle. Hana-Lia Krawchuk, founder and owner of the Love To Dream three-stage swaddle and sleeping system, identifies the transition period as whenever the baby first rolls.

“Rolling is a pretty big milestone for babies. They start rolling at anywhere from three to six months in a full-term baby. And we get questions about direction — rolling is rolling. Once they start showing signs of rolling, they need to get out of the swaddle for safety and development.”

How to transition from swaddlingAll of the sleep sacks from Love to Dream feature hands-up wings and a safe, gentle, lower-body swaddle with legs and hips free to move. Once a baby gets rolling, the 50/50 — designed for babies who are 4 months and up or who show signs of rolling — features zip-off wings. The wings can be removed one at a time to ease the transition to hands-free, and are soft and silent enough to be removed after the baby has fallen asleep!

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Baby Merlin Magic Sleepsuit

Another product clients raved about is called the Baby Merlin Magic Sleepsuit. Developed by a pediatric physical therapist, it is a sleep suit that is made of a soft material that provides “input” to the baby to calm the startle reflex while still providing baby the freedom to move arms and legs. Perfect for babies who are not rolling yet, still have their startle reflex, and are busting out of their more traditional swaddle blanket. The Magic Sleepsuit keeps baby warm all night long, with easy access zippers and no loose blankets or material.

How to transition from swaddlingBe Mindful of Wakeful Windows and Tummy Time

During waking hours, babies need to have time to move and practice rolling both directions. Make sure your baby has plenty of tummy time during the day so that they can master their new skills. Don’t forget to watch for your baby’s sleep windows so he is not over tired.

Remember that your child’s naps are changing in the next few months, so take a few minutes to look at the appropriate nap and wakeful window schedule for your baby:

Want to know more about flexible schedules?
Read: Sample Schedules: Sleep and Naps From 6 Months to Preschool

Now that you know when to stop swaddling, you can plan ahead to make an easier transition. It is always easier with a well-rested baby. Try to keep naps within your baby’s “wakeful window” of 1-1.5 hours to avoid an overtired baby. Be consistent with your pre-sleep routine as you begin swaddle weaning.

Chances are, within a few nights, your baby will enjoy being able to move around freely, and the swaddle will be a distant memory!

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Author: Kim West

My name is Kim West, and I’m the mother of two beautiful girls, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been a practicing child and family therapist for more than 21 years, and the creator of the original gentle, proven method to get a good night’s sleep for you and your child. My sleep journey began when I started experimenting with gently shaping my daughter’s sleep by not following the conventional wisdom at the time. After having success (and then more success with my second daughter!), I began helping family and friends and my step-by-step method spread like wildfire, exactly like an excellent night of sleep for a tired parent should!

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My 8 Month Old is Standing In the Crib — It’s Disrupting Her Sleep

Little boy is almost 4 months, and though he’s shown no interest in rolling (he’d rather be learning to sit up) we know it’s time to start getting him out of the swaddle. He does great with one arm out. Both arms? Absolute nightmare! He almost instantly wakes himself up. We tried a zipadee zip but he still tries to suck on his hands and ends up awake. Is there a better way, or am I stuck roughing it out for a few weeks until he gets used to it?

it took my LO 3 days to get used to it. You can actually help them out by not being in their line of vision/peripheral and gently hold down their arms so they don’t flail.

They eventually learn to sleep without the swaddle!

Good luck momma and happy Mother’s Day

I’m right there with you, I left his arms out 2 nights ago and he is back in the saddle as we speak, woke up every 30-45 minutes I’m so tired I couldn’t do it another night I ordered a zipadee last night, hoping for some sleep

How to transition from swaddling

We’re currently still doing one arm out in his Halo swaddle. It’s a massive improvement from when we tried a few weeks ago but I’m nervous about the other arm coming out. We tried the Merlin and love to dream but I think he really needs that tight swaddle feeling around his chest. No real interest in rolling over here too so I’m just taking it nice and slow.

You need to rip the bandaid off and use a sleep sack or nothing at all. All swaddling needed to stop by 8 weeks at the latest or when they start showing signs of rolling, whichever comes first. It can definitely take a few nights to adjust. Our favorite sleep sacks are Kyte and Burts Bees.

If your pediatrician is following the AAP guidelines (which I certainly hope they would) they will tellyou to stop by eight weeks or by any signs of rolling. It does not matter if they only try to roll in their left side, on their back, or upside down. It is ANY sign of rolling. Those are the AAP guidelines.

Studies show that most cases of strangulation, suffocation and SIDS occurs past 55 days=just under 8 weeks. That’s why 8 weeks is the magic number.

How to transition from swaddling

it does matter. You don’t put your baby down on their belly swaddled. All pediatricians will say around 4 months. The ONLY think that would make sense for 8 weeks is a Muslin blanket swaddle to be stopped because it can get loose. But most people use Velcro. There is a lot of interpretation with the blanket statement of stop swaddling at 8 weeks.

it is any kind of rolling, does not matter.

those children get to their side and are incapable of rolling to their stomach and flop back to their back. This article doesn’t mention if the rolling is from belly to back or back to belly.

My pediatrician said by 4 months is perfectly safe and okay.

This is per the AAP. Most children are showing signs of rolling by 8 weeks.

? 8 weeks. no the moro reflex is way too strong by then. Every sleep specialist says when they show signs of rolling to tummy or have rolled to tummy which usually happens around 4 months or later. You’re asking for a forced headache at 8 weeks

How to transition from swaddling

unfortunately you just have ti rough it. my daughter slept great in her swaddle and two weeks ago we stopped all together completely cold turkey and she does wake uo more cause she can get her hands in her face now odk if that will ever change but it will get better just stick with it

I was scare my baby was going to do horrible with the transition. But he did great and we’re fully have stop swaddling. I used the love to dream transition bag. What I did and I think helped was leaving one hand out for example left hand for couple days, the put left hand back in and leave right hand out for couple days too and the both. When I did both I thought he wasn’t going to do well. But he did. I love the love to dream bag.

hi! My baby has been trying the love to dream transition bag as well but she keeps eat her hands and couldn’t sleep. How you cope with the oral phase?

We were in the same boat! He did great with one arm out, but two arms was brutal and he barely got any sleep. What I ended up doing that worked great was I switched which arm was swaddled. So originally his right arm was out and the left was swaddled. Then I switched it to his left being out and the right swaddled for a few days. Then we took both out and he didn’t have an issue. Hope that helps!

Hi, my LO has transitioned from a swaddle to a sleepsack now for a couple of weeks. He’s still shy of 4 months (8 more days), but Halo is a great brand at Target. It’s a little expensive, but absolutely worth it. You can still swaddle his arms into the wrap with the sleepsack. At night, when I place him down, I let him do his stretches while he’s drowsy and slowly tuck his arms into the sides and wrap him. He sleeps from 9pm to about 3am, awake again at 5am and fully awake by 7am ish. Try the the sleepsack!

I’m in the same position. About a month ago I tried to stop swaddling her and two weeks in and we were up four times a night. I pierced her ears and decided to swaddle her because I didn’t want her pulling at her ears and she slept all night! So she’s been swaddled again ever since and sleeping like a champ. I’d say keep doing it until he rolls over and then use the transition swaddle once he can roll over. Most sleep specialist will tell you that ad well. I follow taking cara of baby and she says the same thing. Do what works best for you.

I’m back at work I also have a two-year-old and a husband who works as well. I need my sleep. What matters most and she’s super happy and healthy.

Patience patience patience. My daughter is 3.5 months and one night she does wonderful w both arms out, the next she freaks out and has to be swaddled all night. It’ll happen in time. Start with one arm out and if he can’t handle both, then stick w the one for awhile longer. ?

by Jamie Labbe | Jul 21, 2020

I’m a big fan of swaddling your newborn. Swaddling helps to recreate that snug and secure feeling that your baby came to know and love when they were tight and cozy inside of you. But all good things must come to an end, and so too does your time using the swaddle. This can be a nerve-wracking time for many parents whose babies have gotten used to sleeping soundly in their little burrito outfit. But even though dropping the swaddle can feel very daunting, it doesn’t have to be disruptive, and I promise your baby can still sleep well without it. Here’s everything you need to know:

When should we stop swaddling?

While there isn’t a hard and fast age that applies to every baby, I recommend making the transition from the swaddle between 8-10 weeks. There are two reasons for this:

DEVELOPMENT

One of the reasons swaddling is important for newborns is because it dampens the moro (startle) reflex and allows babies to sleep more peacefully. This reflex usually goes away naturally and I have found that keeping your baby swaddled much beyond 10-12 weeks delays the disappearance of that reflex and actually disrupts sleep further. Unswaddling also allows your baby the freedom to practice rolling while is an important developmental milestone to master, especially as it relates to safe sleep.

SAFETY

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) officially recommends that “when an infant exhibits signs of attempting to roll, swaddling should no longer be used.” Dr Moon, AAP member, says, “ Given that we see deaths from babies who are swaddled and end up on their stomachs by 2-2½ months, I get really nervous when babies are swaddled past the age of 8 weeks.” Infants needs their hands and arms in order to push up from the mattress and reposition their heads so they can sleep safely.

How do we transition out of the swaddle?

There are a couple options here and which one you choose depends on where your baby is at developmentally.

COLD TURKEY

If your baby is already showing signs of rolling, you must choose this option. If you choose to go “cold turkey” you will drop the swaddle completely move your baby straight into a sleep sack. My favorites include the Nested Bean Zen Sack (use code OHBABY15 for 15% off full-price items), Sleeping Baby Inc’s Zipadee Zip, and the Halo Sleep Sack.

GRADUAL TRANSITION

If using a transitional approach, you will be dropping the swaddle over the course of 4-5 days which will give your baby a chance to ease into the change. Begin by swaddling snugly as normal but leaving one arm out. At the next sleep period, swap which arm is left out. Continue swapping back and forth per sleep period for 2-3 days at which point you can either transition to swaddling from the chest down and leaving both arms out or move to a sleep sack.

Will sleep fall apart?

Some babies will be completely unfazed by this transition while others will fight it tooth & nail. If your little one’s sleep does become disrupted, it’s important to continue to power forward. This transition needs to happen at some point, so backtracking is just prolonging the inevitable. As your baby gets used to sleeping with their arms free, their sleep will likely improve over the course of a week.

What else can we do to ease the transition?

Dropping the swaddle often coincides with the onset of independent rolling which is a skill we want to help our babies master quickly. Increase tummy time opportunities during the day to help strengthen your baby’s core, head, and neck and to encourage independent rolling. When babies are safely able to move themselves into their preferred sleep position, sleep improves (assuming they have foundational independent sleep skills, that is!)

If sleep wasn’t great to begin with or falls apart when you unswaddle, please reach out! Working together to solve the root of your sleep struggles will ensure your baby has the skills needed to keep sleeping soundly for life!

September 21, 2020

You may have seen the video of this 3-month-old cutie who enthusiastically starts his day post-swaddle by throwing his hands up with a big stretch (and if you haven’t, you need to!). Can we say, “Awww!”

For this baby, using a swaddle means waking up happy and well-rested after a comfortable night’s sleep. Why is the swaddle such a great tool for newborns?

Benefits of the Swaddle

A swaddle can help calm infants and improve their sleep quality. It’s important to follow safety precautions to ensure that the swaddle is done correctly to be helpful and safe for your infant. But when you do it right, a swaddle can be a lifesaver!

From their time in gestation, babies feel comforted when they’re wrapped in a snug position that mimics the feeling of the womb. Additionally, babies are born with a moro reflex that makes them startle instinctively . A swaddle keeps the baby’s limbs close to the body so that this reflex doesn’t wake them up at night.

When to Swaddle, and When to Transition?

You can safely swaddle your baby within the first weeks of life. Some parents choose to swaddle their baby for naps and nighttime sleep, while others only swaddle at night. As long as your newborn is free to move during waking periods, either is fine for proper motor development.

For transition timing, every baby is different, and you should make decisions about when to transition according to the development and preference of your child. Parents can look for a few key indicators for readiness, which often come up at a period between 3-5 mos. If your baby does any of the following, it might be time to consider a transition out of the swaddle:

  • Has greater arm and neck strength
  • Shows signs of more movement, but is not yet rolling over
  • Fights a swaddle and wants to keep arms out
  • Breaks out of a swaddle or takes arms out in the night
  • Has increased nighttime movement or activity
  • Sleeps for longer periods at night without parent attention

By the time your baby can roll completely onto their tummy, you should stop swaddling both for comfort and safety reasons; your little one needs hands free to push up off the mattress.

Concerns with Transitioning from a Swaddle

Changes can be difficult for babies, and a swaddle transition can introduce potential issues.

Poor sleep adjustment: Losing the comfort and security of a swaddle can be a difficult change. Without the compression of the swaddle to suppress the moro reflex, this can result in more frequent wakeups or taking longer to fall asleep.

Temperature change : A baby’s optimal room temperature at 68–72 degrees can suddenly feel cold once your baby is without the warmth of a swaddle. As a bare mattress without loose bedding is necessary for safe sleeping , a lack of blankets may make your baby feel cold and wake more often.

Tips For an Effective Swaddle Transition

If you begin seeing signs of readiness to transition from a swaddle, here are a few things that can make the change a little easier.

Use a swaddle transition product

The Magic Sleepsuit is designed specifically to be used in this transitional period. It can help bridge the gap to allow your baby the comfort they need for sound sleep while preventing some of the concerns that might come up in a swaddle transition.

Unlike a regular swaddle blanket, The Magic Sleepsuit can’t be kicked off or wriggled out of to become loose in the crib, and it allows for movement for nighttime safety. The Sleepsuit provides the same cozy comfort of a swaddle, and the snug sleeves calm your baby’s moro reflex to prevent them from startling awake. The Sleepsuit keeps your baby warm while leaving hands and feet open to prevent overheating.

Maintain a bedtime routine

It can help to introduce the change gradually, such as just using the Sleepsuit at naptime to start. As your baby is taking time to get used to the transition, try to keep all other aspects of the bedtime routine, such as a warm bath and singing songs, consistent at night.

Adjust as your baby does

If your ready-to-transition baby is too small for the Magic Sleepsuit, try an adjusted arms-out swaddle until they grow to fit a suit comfortably. For the best fit, make sure to size up your Magic Sleepsuit as your baby grows. When your baby is able to roll over at night fully in the Sleepsuit, it’s time to transition them out. By this point, their startle reflex will have calmed significantly and they will be ready for a new stage in sleep.

You Are Your Baby’s Expert!

Ultimately, you know your baby best! Take note of your baby’s behavior and talk to your pediatrician if you have questions or concerns about when transitioning is best for your baby.

Every child has different sleep preferences and a different timeline for when changes are needed. Figuring it out may take a little bit of time, but it will be worth it for better sleep for your baby—and for yourself.

If you’re like most parents, you used a swaddle during the first months of your baby’s new life. Not only does the swaddle help put baby to sleep (and give you a break!), it also sets your baby up for a lifetime of healthy sleep habits and strong development.

When do you stop swaddling?

Swaddling actually becomes unsafe once your child learns to roll over. If your child rolls while wearing the swaddle, he or she might end up in an unsafe position and not be able to right themselves.

Children typically begin rolling around four or five months old. Even if you think your child would prefer to sleep in the swaddle longer, you need to put it aside for safety.

You should also stop swaddling once your child is regularly bursting out of the swaddle. At this point the swaddle becomes another piece of fabric in the crib, which isn’t safe. If they refuse to stay inside, they either don’t like it or prefer to have the freedom.

How do you stop swaddling?

Even if your baby wants out of the swaddle, the transition can still be jarring. After all, that enclosed type of sleeping is all they know. They might have trouble falling asleep without it.

Some parents opt for a measured approach. They leave one arm free for a few nights, then both arms free for a few nights with a wrapped lower half. This works for some babies, but others use the new leverage to escape entirely.

Other parents do it cold turkey: it’s tough on some babies for a couple nights until they learn to relax without it. Others adjust right away. How you go about it depends on your child’s temperament.

Still, many babies don’t like the freedom one bit. The exposure makes them anxious and fussy. This usually happens when you’re forced to stop swaddling (due to rolling), but your baby doesn’t want out. Some babies are still in the face-scratching phase, which can wake them up.

I created the Zipadee-Zip to make babies feel safe and calm, even when swaddling has to stop. It’s a fantastic way to help them make the transition from swaddling. The Zipadee-Zip is a wearable blanket affords baby plenty of room to move around, roll over, play, and even walk, but still lets them feel their edges. The cozy resistance reminds them of life back in the womb. Check here to know how it works.

Plus, with an item like the Zipadee-Zip, you can offer that swaddle-like feeling when you’re out-and-about, like in an airplane, in the car, in the stroller, visiting the doctor, or just hanging out at home. It’s the best sleep sack for babies because it was specifically designed for this troubling period of your child’s life.

I’d love to hear about your experiences weaning your baby from the swaddle? Was it tough? Click here to share your story.

Written by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventors of the Zipadee-Zip

The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: “Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time,” and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family’s reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker’s daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte’s startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

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Parents have swaddled their babies for a long time because it is an effective way to calm babies and make them sleep without any issues. Swaddling involves wrapping your baby in a soft and breathable blanket to make them comfortable and give them a feel of their mother’s womb. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, swaddling can be an effective way to promote sleep. So many parents say swaddling helps to prevent their baby from waking up unnecessarily at night since they feel snug and comfortable. It is important to note that while swaddling your baby it should be gentle and not too tight and only their bodies should be covered.

Although swaddling can be helpful to a newborn baby, it becomes risky as your baby becomes older. You might be wondering when to stop swaddling your baby so you don’t stop swaddling prematurely or too late. Swaddling should stop when a baby begins to roll without any support. Most times this can happen when your baby is 2 months old although some babies begin to roll over when they are 3 – 4 months old. It is important to notice when your baby starts to roll over so you can ease into transitioning your baby from sleeping with a swaddle to sleeping without a swaddle.

Signs that show when to stop swaddling

All babies do not have a fixed time when they can stop being swaddled. Some can be stopped at 2 months, others can be stopped at 3 or 4 months, although, babies often show signs when it safe to stop swaddling them. Below are some of the signs to take note of so you can know when it is safe to stop swaddling your baby.

  • When your baby starts rolling over: Your baby can begin to roll over while being swaddled because of an increase in arm and neck strength and this is a good sign to stop swaddling. It has also been recommended by medical professionals that swaddling should stop immediately a baby begins to roll over without support.
  • Sudden wake ups at night: A baby who sleeps well while being swaddled and suddenly begins to wake up at night because he or she is not comfortable or looks for a more comfortable position to sleep might be showing signs that it is time to stop swaddling.
  • Resistance to being swaddled: When a baby begins to get stronger and mobile you might encounter some resistance to being swaddled and this might be a sign that you need to stop swaddling. Your baby might begin to fight being swaddled and want both arms out of the wrap when being swaddled or even take both arms out at night without any assistance.
  • Increase in activity: A baby’s activity increases as development takes place. Your baby now has the strength to stretch out and move around and might find being swaddled a constraint to be mobile. When you notice an increase in your baby’s activities when swaddled, it means it’s time to stop swaddling your baby.

How to transition from the swaddle

When a baby starts showing signs that indicate a need to stop swaddling, you would need to transition from swaddling your baby. Below are a few guidelines on how to transition from a swaddle.

  • Transition gradually: You should keep in mind that change is gradual. Babies are different and your baby might not transition as fast as another baby. So, transition gradually with patience and consistency.
  • Swaddle with your baby’s arms out: When you are transitioning your baby from a swaddle, start with swaddling your baby with one arm out for some night and then proceed to swaddle your baby with both hands out until you notice that your baby is comfortable without being swaddled.
  • Use a wearable blanket or sleepsuit: When your baby gets comfortable with both arms out, you can proceed to put your baby in a sleepsuit or a wearable blanket. This gives your baby the comfort needed while transitioning. Sleepsuits and wearable blankets are made for babies that are transitioning from a swaddle to help reduce a baby’s startle reflex.

Ways to make your baby sleep well without a swaddle

Your baby might have a difficult time sleeping properly without a swaddle when you are transitioning. The last thing you would want is to see your baby restless at night but don’t be worried because your baby will eventually get used to sleeping without a swaddle. Below are a few guidelines on how to make your baby sleep well without a swaddle.

  • Create a calm atmosphere for your baby: A calm atmosphere can help your baby sleep well. While putting your baby to sleep, sing a lullaby or speak softly as your baby goes to sleep. You can also dim the light of the room the baby sleeps in to help your baby sleep faster.
  • Have a relaxing bedtime routine: Having a relaxing bedtime routine can make your baby sleep well without a swaddle. You can create a routine like- a bath, night feeding, reading a bedtime story or rocking your baby close to you. It is important to know that babies love a mother’s touch. So, ensure you have your baby close to you or gently give your baby a massage to get your baby to sleep comfortably.

Although swaddling helps your baby sleep peacefully, you should note that you would have to stop swaddling your baby at some point. The signs given above would make you know when to stop swaddling your baby. It is important to take note of these signs so you don’t stop swaddling your baby too late or too early. The guidelines given would help your baby have an easy transition from a swaddle and also help your baby sleep peacefully after transitioning from a swaddle. So, ensure you are consistent with your baby’s bedtime routine to establish a peaceful sleep for your baby.