my baby is just a week away from being 7 months, and her sleep and naps have gone to crap recently. she's a bit late on crawling/creeping, but rolling over has recently become an effortless and frequent move, unlike before when she had to really think about it. we've also been getting more into solids. not to mention the really amazing social and emotional advances she's been working on. she has been really hard to get to sleep, and some days we were lucky if we got a couple 15 min catnaps! anyway, i started swaddling again. we were swaddling up until the 6 month mark, when a heatwave and a particularily bad period of teething forced us to stop, and she was sleeping "ok" without it, so we thought that phase was over. yesterday i was seriously losing it after the 4th day in a row with minimal naps and all night waking, and i swaddled again. THREE HOUR NAP! that hasn't happened for ages! and i swaddled again for nighttime, and i got a lovely 5-6 hour stretch before she broke free and flipped onto her tummy. but she slept very well again for the rest of the night.
there is so much going on in their heads at this stage! i think the swaddle, at least for naps, just really helps cut down on the distractions and helps them relax. and the better the naps, the better the nighttime sleeping.