For DD's first 6-7 months, she was swaddled every night, all night. DH and I started worrying that she would outgrow the swaddle before she outgrew the need for it, so we "weaned" her from it slowly. But, we didn't do a very good job...at first we were only using it once every week or two. But, sleep regression happened for whatever reason (teething, growth spurt, learning to crawl, walk, talk, clap - her newest skill
, etc.). Now at 12+ months we're back to swaddling almost every night. She still wakes 4-5 times/night, and I typically take the swaddle off during one of the early wakings, but she really seems to need it to *go* to sleep. After it's off, sometimes we have to put it back on in the middle of the night because she can't get comfortable and crawls and walks all over the bed until we either swaddle or physically (gently) restrain her and she falls back asleep.
Now, I know that I maybe shouldn't be, but I'm worried that we're creating a "bad habit" that will be increasingly hard to break. Has anyone else swaddled this long (or still have a swaddled baby)? Should I be worried that we're "hurting" her development? She started walking a couple of months ago, so I don't think we are, but I don't know!
She very very rarely needs swaddled for naps - it's almost always at night.