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my second is now 7 months and i still swaddle him-sort of. he punches out over and over, he is a BIG baby and can get out of all but one of our blankets. well, he still gets out of that and i don't wrap him up TOO tight.<br><br>
but i felt like i re-wrapped him about 20 times the other night. i am not exaggerating. he will push out and then his arm will start flapping like a hyperactive chicken. this seems to excite and wake him even more, especially when it hits something interesting, like me.<br><br>
when does this chronic arm flailing end? i thought i'd stop swaddling after 3 or 4 or 5 months but he still seems so flappy. is there a reason to NOT swaddle older babes? will he just adjust if i stop wrapping him up? this seems trivial but we have sleep issues so i am constantly thinking about what we can do to help him, well, all of us, sleep better.
 

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I still wrap DD to sleep at night. She also flaps herself awake and tries to grab me my arm stick her fingers up my nose...everything but fall asleep. I nurse to sleep most nights. I've not bothered to try and stop because it seems to work for her, and she falls asleep within minutes. She always pushes out fairly quickly, but doesn't wake though.
 

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DS has JUST now (9.5 months) stopped being swaddled to sleep. He really needed the comfort before now. He would sleep so so much better when swaddled waking every 2-3 hours instead of every 20 mins. After he was able to wiggle out of a regular blanket we got the <a href="http://www.kiddopotamus.com/p_swad.php" target="_blank">swaddleme</a> wrap. He really wanted to be tight. HTH.
 

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My 6 month old DD has been flapping and kicking herself awake since she was a few weeks old and I don't even wrap her up (I tried, she fought it). One night I simply turned her on her stomach and she is sleeping so much better now (on the flip side I don't sleep half as good because I'm paranoid about SIDS). She simply can't kick or flap in that position and she loves the backrub I give her until she is asleep.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">After he was able to wiggle out of a regular blanket we got the <a href="http://www.kiddopotamus.com/p_swad.php" target="_blank">swaddleme</a> wrap.</div>
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We use this w/ our 6 mo too, but don't swaddle her very tightly (she could wriggle her arms out if she wanted to, I think).
 

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My girl LOVED being swaddled. The only thing that worked was the miracle blanket but then she grew out of it. I was so scared she wouldn't sleep well again. We bought a few more swaddly kinds of things and finally got her a sleep sack.<br><a href="http://www.babyinabag.com/" target="_blank">http://www.babyinabag.com/</a><br><br>
She's 13 months and we still use it. The zipper broke and she (AND I) don't sleep as well when she's not in the sack. She wakes earlier and tries crawling out of bed and of course ends up horizontal.<br><br>
We're gonna keep her in a sack as long as she needs it.
 

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DD is 10.5 months and has JUST now stopped being swaddled (arms only, not legs). It was instant. She would kick, roll, slap, wiggle, flap, etc.. everything BUT fall asleep. Now she is out in about 5-10 minutes. The part that is more difficult now is keeping her asleep once I try to roll away. I think she's just getting used to her freedom, so she wiggles until she is comfortable, but if I put a hand on her back she settles right down again.<br><br>
You'll know when he doesn't want to be swaddled anymore. I worried about it, but when it was "time", I just knew.
 

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I stopped swaddling dd at 7 mos. She let me know she was done with the swaddling idea when she would pop both arms out of the top. I continued wrapping her from the arms down for a while. When she didn't need that anymore we graduated to a sleep sack and she used one until she turned a year old and I changed her to tummy sleeping. Now I cover her with a hand made blanket with lots of holes in it.
 

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We have swaddling issues here too<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I alway swaddled my babes as long as possible. I have a meter of really stretchy fleece that works great for keeping them warm and secure. We call it the "super swaddle" when they graduate to it from a receiving blanket. I would nurse them to sleep and put them in the side car or whatever we had in our room at the time until I come to bed.<br><br>
At that point I always un-swaddle the babes though and bring them into bed with dh and I. Im just not comfortable with him/her in bed with us if they cant move around freely just incase they land up tangled in the blankets or under a pillow. We have a sleep sack for our new babe and it works great!
 

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Can you swaddle him with one arm out? My DD hated both arms being restricted but was okay with one arm being out.
 

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anyone know why sleep sacks are sleeveless? It doesn't make any sense to me why you'd want baby's arms to be colder than the rest of the body
 

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DS always wants atleast one arm out and grabbing the top of the blanket. I gave up swaddling because I think it made him mad trying to get that arm out.
 

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My 4 1/2 month old DS is ADDICTED to being swaddled <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ! He'll be tired and grouchy and as soon as those arms get strapped down by a blanket he's all sleepy smiles <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. I thought he'd be sleeping without being swaddled by now, but he is so wiggley. He flails his little arms all over the place, hitting me in the face and shoving his fingers into my mouth and nose all night! I'm glad to hear that there are lot's of older babies still being swaddled. I'll not worry about it anymore and just take his lead.
 
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