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Hi! We have twin girls and they are both around 18 lbs and 6 months old now. We've been swaddling them since they were infants in order to settle them down and help them sleep. We tried regular swaddling blankets and "SwaddleMe" blankets and finally found that the thing that worked best was the "Miracle Blanket". We've been using the Miracle Blankets we bought since they were tiny infants but they're starting to get way too big for these standard Miracle Blankets and we don't know what to do. We try putting the girls down in footed PJs with blankets tucked in around them but they wiggle and kick out of the right away and wake up crying constantly. We tried this again last night and they both were up crying and wouldn't settle down and go to sleep and we couldn't take it so we swaddled them and they went to sleep normally. The only thing that helps them get to sleep and stay asleep is the Miracle Blanket. What can we do now that they don't fit in them anymore? It it not normal to keep swaddling at 6 months old? How do you transition kids out of swaddling if it's the only thing that helps them sleep? Please help! Thanks!<br><br>
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hey if i were you i would find myself a seamstress and bring one to her and tell her that you need some a tad bigger. i would do whatever works!! if i had twins i would stand on my head to get them to sleep!!!!!!
 

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My DS was swaddled every night until just a couple of weeks ago. He'd suddenly gone from sleeping happily on his back to flipping and rolling and crawling all over the crib (no, he doesn't co-sleep). He'd kick off his swaddling blanket with all his rolling and wake up crying because he wasn't swaddled.<br><br>
I was uncomfortable with him being swaddled and then having a loose blanket in the crib with him when he kicked it off, so I quit swaddling him even though I knew he wouldn't sleep well without it. I just committed myself to toughing it out until he got used to it. Really, within a week he was sleeping just fine again and is no longer swaddled and doesn't seem to care. He's even slept through the night a few times in the last week or so.<br><br>
He's one week away from 8 months, BTW, so yeah, he was swaddled until just after 7 months. He'd long outgrown his swaddling blanket but he loved it so much we kept wrapping him up in it as best as we could, which worked until he started getting so mobile.
 

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A friend of mine is an unapologetic Miracle Blanket user, and she wrote a blog post you might enjoy - she says she'll use it through junior high school if that's what she has to do: <a href="http://perfectnormal.blogspot.com/2008/06/to-sleep-perchance-to-dream.html" target="_blank">http://perfectnormal.blogspot.com/20...-to-dream.html</a> (Full disclosure - this is a writing project between me and two friends. We're of very different mindsets but united in the belief that our lives are normal.)<br><br>
Her kid was born in mid-January.
 

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BlueEyedLady...very interesting. Yeah, our twins both wiggle out of the Miracle Blanket pretty easily. We do a lot of "reswaddling" during the night when they wake up. We are fortunate that they mostly just wake up twice per night (around 1AM and again around 5AM) and they go back to sleep easily and quickly after a little pumped milk from the bottle and maybe a little burping. I get up for work around 7AM and the girls mostly want to get up with me, which is hard on their mommy who has to pump every 4 hours and is always very tired in the mornings.<br><br>
I do have some safety concerns with the Miracle Blanket in that they can both roll over and wiggle out of it, especially Lucy, and I have found it around their necks a few times. But I also just don't know how to stop swaddling without them being very unhappy for a while.
 

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My ds used his miracle blanket until he was 9 mos old. When he got too tall for the pocket part of it I would just wrap him with his feet out then use a large receiving blanket and use that to swaddle him from the waist down to contain his feet.<br><br>
Dd didn't want to be swaddled after about 4 mos of age.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">BlueEyedLady...very interesting. Yeah, our twins both wiggle out of the Miracle Blanket pretty easily. We do a lot of "reswaddling" during the night when they wake up. We are fortunate that they mostly just wake up twice per night (around 1AM and again around 5AM) and they go back to sleep easily and quickly after a little pumped milk from the bottle and maybe a little burping. I get up for work around 7AM and the girls mostly want to get up with me, which is hard on their mommy who has to pump every 4 hours and is always very tired in the mornings.<br><br>
I do have some safety concerns with the Miracle Blanket in that they can both roll over and wiggle out of it, especially Lucy, and I have found it around their necks a few times. But I also just don't know how to stop swaddling without them being very unhappy for a while.</div>
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Yeah. I wanted sooo badly to keep swaddling him - he preferred it and I preferred the sleep! I posted a thread here when he first started rolling around and was told no more swaddling once he could do that. Ugh. We did spend a few sleepless (well, very little sleep) nights getting used to it but I guess for us at least, it was no worse than when he was first born and had his days/nights mixed up and needed to nurse every couple of hours anyway.<br><br>
He has always woken, eaten, and popped right back off to sleep, soundly. Never awake very long. Well, except for those early days when he was mixed up. The same is true now, when he does wake. I don't know what's changed in the last week or so other than the no swaddling - maybe he's just big enough now to not need to eat at night??? - but I'm liking the last week or so where he's had probably 3 nights without waking at all, or waking and rolling a bit and soothing himself back to sleep without fussing.<br><br>
I don't know what I would have done with twins, though...probably gone crazy.
 

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My babe is almost 13 months and still falls asleep swaddled. He needs it to slow down enough to actually sleep. Hey, whatever works!
 

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Thanks everyone who has responded so far. I decided that I wanted to try NOT swaddling and we did it last night for the 1st time. Honestly, it wasn't THAT bad! We started by putting each of the girls down in the nursery after rocking and feeding. They went to sleep but Lucy woke up about an hour later and I decided to put her down instead in our bed so that she and Bella wouldn't wake each other up. Lucy resisted going back to sleep unswaddled in our bed but I sort of held her down like a swaddle and she went to sleep after a few minutes. Then a maybe 30 minutes later Bella woke up and Melanie brought her out and took her to sleep in the rocker-recliner with her. Melanie slept on the rocker-recliner with Bella until about 4:30AM, I think, so I don't know exactly how that went but I didn't hear them up a lot or anything. When I went to bed, Lucy was still asleep and stayed that way until maybe 1AM, which is her normal 1st night waking. I gave her a little pumped milk and she went right back to sleep. Then she woke up around 3:30, I think, and we did the same thing. Melanie came into the bedroom around 4:30AM with Bella and said she had to pump so she put Bella down and went to pump and both girls were sleeping unswaddled in the bed with me. Actually, Bella coming in woke up Lucy a bit but I was able to get her to go right back to sleep. And then somewhere around 5:30AM, Lucy started waking up more frequently. She'd fuss a little and I'd "binky" her and she'd usually go right back to sleep. If that didn't work, I'd feed her a bit and then she'd go back to sleep. I didn't change her diaper at all last night. She could have been fussy about that. I could have done it but since she was in a zipped-up footed PJ, it would have been a production to even get to her diaper. I think I want to go back to having them sleep in gowns with drawstrings or something. Or what's a "sleep sack"? I need something appropriate for 6-9mos that keeps them warm but still allows easy access to the diaper. Any suggestions? So anyway, I just kept soothing Lucy and got her back to bed. Bella woke up a bit too this morning but not nearly as much as Lucy did, which I would have anticipated. When I was getting ready for work, I heard a little fussing from one or both girls but then as I was going out the door, all was silent. Mommy has some magic to get them to sleep a little longer in the mornings, apparently.<br><br>
Anyway, all in all, I feel rested enough and encouraged that we CAN do this! It this first night wasn't so bad and it only takes a few nights to change the pattern, then I think we can give up swaddling at this point. I hope so! I miss seeing them sleep in all sorts of interesting and adorable poses with their hands and feet everywhere.
 

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DD used one for at least 8 months, then finally she had had enough. We started by ditching them for naps. Once she got used to that we went to no swaddle for night time, until she woke up. It took awhile but she got used to it.<br><br>
But I agree with pp, whatever it take to get 2 to sleep!!!<br>
Good luck!
 

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Ds3 is 4 months and we're still addicted to the Miracle Blanket here. I've read about other mamas cutting holes for the legs to stick through, and I think that's what we need to do. It's getting to be a tight fit lengthwise. We have ZERO luck with him sleeping unswaddled.
 
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