SLEEP => General Sleep Issues => Topic started by: hynygirl on January 09, 2017, 17:37:36 pm

Title: Swaddle
Post by: hynygirl on January 09, 2017, 17:37:36 pm
Wondering if I should continue with the swaddle or wean it.  My daughter is almost 16weeks and today we are starting to transition her to 4 hour EASY.  So far so good this morning!  She is currently swaddled but often breaks out of it.. there are times she'll sleep ok with 1 or even 2 arms out but other times she wakes herself a lot.  Her hands (unless she's deep sleeping) are always at her face and she will knock her soother out.  I'm torn as to whether this is a good thing or not.  She sleeps better with a swaddle but I realize it needs to end at some point!  She will suck on her hands/fists but gets frustrated if too tired because her arms flail. 

With starting sleep training/self soothing this week my gut tells me its time to break the swaddle to allow her access to her hands to better self soothe.  Just feel I might need the push of some extra advice here.
Title: Re: Swaddle
Post by: Lindsay27 on January 11, 2017, 00:50:17 am
Just our experience, we didn't wean the swaddle until about 5 months.  I attempted to wean at 4 months as she had started rolling, but it was a disaster, she would wake herself up all night long.  After 2 nights of neither of us sleeping I just decided to swaddle her again, and tried to wean again about 2 weeks later.  That time wasn't any more successful, so again we swaddled and then tried to weeks later (about 5 months), and this time she was a champ.  I started with 1 arm out, then both out, then removed altogether, and it only took about 3 days.  I really think she just wasn't ready when I initially tried, and when she was ready the transition was so smooth and easy. 

To me, by what you are describing and my own experience, I would maybe hold onto it for another week or 2.  That short time can make all the difference in the world.  And then start with 1 arm out and hold for a few days and see how it does.
Title: Re: Swaddle
Post by: hynygirl on January 12, 2017, 04:08:04 am
Thank you for your reply.  I have tried here and there with 1 arm out and then find I end up tucking it in at some point because she wakes up or knocks her soothe out.  I think I'll go with your advice and wait a while :)
Thanks again!