He seems to sleep just as well during the day whether he's swaddled or not. I guess the reason I'm wondering mostly is because of nighttime sleeping, as well as upseting him while bundling him in.
Unassisted birthing, atheist, poly, bi WOHM to 4 wonderful, smart homeschooling kids Wes (14) Seth (7) Pandora Moonlilly (2) and Nevermore Stargazer (11/2012) Married to awesome SAH DH.
I would suggest continuing to swaddle until he no longer sleeps better that way.
My ds is 10 months old and I still swaddle him. I just can't get him to sleep apart from me without it. I use it for naps and the beginning of night sleep. Of course, he still wakes up within the hour and nurses all night...that's ok...I just need that 40 minutes of "getting other stuff done" time.
I assume I won't be doing it much longer, but you never know.
With grace, we started swaddling her arms loosely crossed across her chest, that way, if she really wants, she can get her arms free, but still has the soothing sensation of swaddling. We only do it occasionally now, she's 3 months, instead we put mitts on her hands and zip her up in a halo sack. She didn't seem to mind. But she def. needed her swaddling for those first three months!
Jill, mama to three fiery girlies and a sweet baby boy: Grace, 11.30.2005, Ayla, 3.22.2008, Norah 9.5.09, Reed 8.19.11 & dfs Gage 2.29.12 x4
Originally Posted by frannyfresh
I must be a weirdo. It only lasted about 3 days. DD did not like it.
We started taking one arm out, then a week or so later both arms (swaddling just his body), then a week or 2 later, we stopped. Hth...
During the day he still needed to be swaddled for naps until about 5 months when he rolled from his back to his front and then we stopped swaddling cold turkey because I found him caught up in the swaddling.
It only took him a day or two to get used to falling asleep without the swaddling during the day.
I started swaddling my DS again recently (he is 11 weeks) except that now I swaddle his arms bent across his chest with hands way up under his neck and leave them out so he can suck on them if he wants. I didn't suck on them when I was watching but at least they were close to his face...I think he liked that
P.S. I tried to see if he would put himself to sleep....he did! Laying down w/o swaddling didn't do it...after he fussed I swaddled him and he fell asleep in under a minute. Triumph!
I think swaddling is appropriate for as long as your baby needs it.
I did the same with my dd, until she was about 1yr old.
Mama to a lively DD (10/05) and DS (06/23) !
Will swaddle the new babe as long as he/she wants too, unless they hate it!