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I recently heard of someone who is still swaddling their 9 month old...and I was really surprised. Is this normal? We only swaddled DS for the first month or so - and I understand that every baby is different, but... our DS was WALKING at 9 months. It just doesn't seem like it would be very comfortable for the baby. It makes me claustrophobic to even think about it.

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I think some babes just have a harder time sleeping in general and until they learn that the hands that are smacking them in the face are their own it helps to swaddle them. We swaddled ds until he was 7 or 8 months. Until he learned how to put the soother back in by himself. We still swaddle dd at 3mos.

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DD needed swaddling for a long time... I cannot remember when we stopped for sure but I think it was something like 8 months...

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My 20 month old is nursing to sleep as I type this, swaddled. One of my four year olds frequently asks to be "wrapped" when he's trying to go to sleep.
In my experience, swaddling an older baby helps them to relax, as it's a sleep cue. Once baby can move around, he can get himself out of the swaddle as he wishes, so it's just for "going to sleep".

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Just to clarify, this baby is being swaddled all the time, not just for sleep. The baby can't crawl yet either.

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Without knowing the full situation, it's hard to ... judge. Maybe this baby has sensory integration issues and this is what works best for them. Maybe they're idiots and need some guidance. Hard to say. Is this baby happy being swaddled? Have to say my 6 mo. old would scream bloody murder if I tried to swaddle her while awake.

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If the baby is swaddled basically all the time at nine months, my guess is that there's something else going on. By 7 or 8 months, most babies can get out of a swaddle if they want to, so in order to keep the baby swaddled, the parents would basically have to be re-wrapping that kid every 15 minutes. If they got that long.

On the other hand, if the baby seems content, then it's perfectly appropriate, and there may be sensory integration or other developmental issues that you're not aware of.
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If the baby is swaddled basically all the time at nine months, my guess is that there's something else going on. By 7 or 8 months, most babies can get out of a swaddle if they want to, so in order to keep the baby swaddled, the parents would basically have to be re-wrapping that kid every 15 minutes. If they got that long.

On the other hand, if the baby seems content, then it's perfectly appropriate, and there may be sensory integration or other developmental issues that you're not aware of.
This is very true, I hadn't thought of that. DS was busting out of his at a month or so old because he wiggled around so much. I probably just don't know enough about the situation, and that's why it didn't sound normal to me.

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We never swaddled ds until the other day, he's almost 6 months.

He's having to get used to going to sleep in a crib before we come to bed so the swaddling makes all the difference.

I will say it's a bit comical since he's over 20 pounds and looks like one BIG baby!

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DS2 is 9 months old and we still swaddle his hands of doom before he goes down for naps and bedtime. He breaks out, but it comforts him and lets him relax, otherwise he's just all over his crib. It's like his signal to calm down. Both my boys are very physical (DS1 walked at 9 months, DS2 took his first steps at 6.5 months <--NOT a typo!) so i think the swaddling/aka baby straight jacket helps them calm down to sleep.

now, swaddling all the time? I don't understand that, but maybe there are medical reasons you don't know about.

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swaddling for sleep can be a comfort even to some older babies. Swaddling all the time seems strange though, unless something else is going on.

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I very rarely swaddled my kids to begin with, so it strikes me as odd...

However, I use a weighted blaket for dd (age 7) to help her sleep better- she has some sensory integration stuff going on, and the weight helps her relax.
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