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Swaddle him as long as he will allow it - probably less than half a year in all, but of course that varies wildly. Then "upgrade" to a sleep sack and use that as long as possible - perhaps until 2 or 3 years old. We tried swaddling and our son never liked it, so we never actually started. But he moves a lot at night (almost 2yo) and always did, so a blanket ...


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Dr. Harvey Karp, a peditrician, is one of the major proponents of swaddling today as exemplified in his "Happiest Baby on the Block" materials. You can read his reasoning here on BabyCenter. In terms of calming while awake, the thought is that swaddling helps to mimic the comfortable closed-in feeling of the womb. Karp has written extensively on swaddling ...


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Newborns do not move their arms and legs deliberately as we do, and do not always know they are doing that. A reflex or a reaction to a sound may result in a big leg kick or arm wave, and this can wake a sleeping baby or upset an awake one, much as you might be upset if you were lying in bed and someone else grabbed your leg, threw it up in the air, and then ...


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Every child is different and enjoys, seeks, and sometimes requires different environments. Some children can calm themselves best when they have deep sensory information from their muscles and joints. Swaddling is a great way to provide the support that they need. As long as your child is comforted by swaddling the is no age limit for swaddling. But, most ...


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First of all, check if your baby still has a Moro reflex based on this test - the Moro disappears between 4 and 6 months, though for some babies it is never severe enough to interfere with sleep. Since your child does roll, swaddling is no longer safe, though. Stomach sleep, which he can do now that he can roll himself, also counteracts the Moro reflex. For ...


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I agree that your daughter may have outgrown the swaddle you're using. However, my own daughter is only a month old and can work her arms free of a SwaddleMe or a Halo SleepSack Swaddle given a few hours, unless the swaddle is drawn up very tightly. I disagree with some of the comments; tight is not necessarily bad. You certainly don't want it loose, ...


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It sounds like she has developmentally outgrown the swaddle and is ready for a woombie or similar one piece jammy cacoon. It zips up and provides more room for movement while keeping baby in a comfy pacifying swaddle. A similar effect can be obtained with a traditional square cloth swaddle by tying the ends in a knot around the chest.


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newborns need security. They need tight boundaries, like they enjoyed in the uterus, to keep from flailing and getting upset.


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One of ours loved being swaddled and only slept really soundly when she was swaddled. We stopped doing it around 6 months but even there, she was happiest with the blanket on her cot tucked very tightly round the mattress. Even now she likes a full cover. Our other two always wanted a bit more movement so were happy in the sleep sack things, and they both ...


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Swaddling can happen for as long as it's helpful to the baby. When it's time to wean from the swaddle, you can try swaddling one arm out/one arm in for a week. And then just swaddle around the torso with both arms out until baby seems ready to be in just a sleep sack. It is helpful to try changes in a sleep routine for 3 nights. If there is no sign of ...


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Swaddling is mostly to help children cope with their "Moro Reflex". This is the arm jerking they do, which often wakes them up. You should allow your child to get their arms out! Sucking their thumb is fine; they need to learn how to self-sooth, especially after waking in the night.



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