Originally Posted by Blanca78
rparker--thanks, that's very helpful. If your husband is a pediatrician I assume if it were truly unsafe once they can roll he wouldn't have agreed to swaddling so long?
I'm not sure. I think we do a lot of things with our own kids that he wouldn't professionally advise parents to do? I don't think that he has ever actively encouraged parents to cosleep, for example, even though I've shared a bed with both of our kids when they were infants and he'd be annoyed if I had wanted to put either of them in cribs in a separate room.
And while we don't try to do unsafe/stupid things we definitely do screw up sometimes... (e.g. DD2 went headfirst off her changing table into a diaper pail when DH was changing her @ around 4 months!) My cosleeping with DD2 was probably part of why he was comfortable with her being swaddled (she wasn't alone), but even with that I think that he would have been happier if I had stopped swaddling her even sooner.
I think it's one of those instances of "do the benefits outweigh the risks" that every family has to decide on a case by case basis. Another example being that he has seen/read cases of newborn babies suffocating while nursing in bed (mom falls asleep) but he still didn't feel that the chance of that happening was great enough to "make" me not nurse our daughters in bed (sometimes while still asleep) even though it made him nervous with DD1... for us the benefits of nursing on cue outweighed the risk of death? I guess my point is, don't assume that because someone is a pediatrician that s/he makes choices that are 100% the safest for their own kids. It's often a case of "the cobbler's children have no shoes."
Anyway, I'm glad that letting her sleep with one arm in got her a few more hours of sleep! And remember that if she's rolling now, you can look forward to her being able to sleep on her stomach in a few months which a lot of babies seem to like a lot.