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      When Should I Stop Swaddling My Baby?

      Care for Baby

      When Should I Stop Swaddling My Baby?

      Updated on 3 November 2023

      If you want your infant to sleep better, consider a baby swaddle wrap for them. The startle reaction is less likely to be triggered if you wrap them up snugly in a blanket or blankets while they get used to life outside of the womb. Additionally, your little one will be more comfortable and warmer as his/her internal temperature rises.

      However, it will be time to say goodbye to swaddling in just a few short months. Swaddling becomes a dangerous practice as your baby becomes older and more mobile.

      So, when to stop swaddling your baby, and how to make the transition to swaddle-free sleep easier for your little one? Let's find out.

      What is Swaddling?

      Swaddling is a traditional practice, in use since around 4000 BC. You may have even noticed the hospital nurse swaddle your newborn in a thin blanket. Swaddling involves wrapping a baby in a light, breathable blanket to make them feel calm and sleepy. Babies are wrapped gently, avoiding the neck and head to reduce any chances of suffocation. Swaddling a baby can help transport them to a sweeter time when they were snug and secure in your womb.

      How Does Swaddling Help?

      Parents and newborns benefit from this time-tested strategy. It's simple and effective, and it works. Swaddling your baby can have the following benefits:

      • Swaddling prevents the onset of reflexes

      • Swaddling helps babies to sleep longer

      • Swaddling can assist colicky babies

      • Swaddling may encourage safe sleep

      • Swaddling reduces instances of face scratching

      At What Age Should You Stop Swaddling?

      The solution to every parenting question isn't always clear-cut. Swaddling should be discontinued as soon as you observe your baby getting more active and trying to roll over.

      As soon as your baby can roll over and kick off the blanket, the blanket presents an increased risk of suffocation or strangling. Additionally, constricting your baby to a wrap, especially as he/she becomes more active, might impede them from developing age-appropriate motor skills.

      The best time to cease swaddling your baby is when they are two months old. Your baby's swaddling should end as soon as they show symptoms of attempting to roll over, which is usually about 3 or 4 months.

      How Do You Transition Out of a Swaddle?

      Now that you know when to stop swaddling your baby, it’s time to understand how you can make this transition out of a swaddle easy for your baby. Here are some methods you may follow:

      1. Leave one arm out

      Swaddle your baby as you do just leave one of their arms out to move freely. This will still give them the safety and comfort of a swaddle wrap while slowly learning to sleep without it.

      2. Both arms out

      Once you have tried the one-arm-out method for a couple of nights, try leaving both arms out. This will help speed up your baby’s transition out of a swaddle.

      3. Leave the legs out

      You can also try leaving your baby’s legs out instead of the arms as you transition your baby out of a swaddle. Leaving the legs out means you’re only swaddling their arms and torso.

      4. Remove the swaddle

      Once you have gradually journeyed through the above methods, your baby will sleep more comfortably with the swaddle only covering a little portion of their body. Soon, you can remove the swaddle and let your baby sleep swaddle-free.

      How Do You Get Your Newborn Baby to Sleep Without Being Swaddled?

      It's normal to be concerned that your baby won't be able to sleep well if they are not wrapped in a swaddle. You may be sure that your infant will eventually adjust to the new routine, even if the change is difficult initially.

      Keep in mind that you still have many options available when it comes to putting your child to bed.

      1. Establish a Bedtime Routine

      You may assist your baby in relaxing and drifting off to sleep by establishing a regular bedtime routine that follows a predictable pattern such as wash, feeding, and reading.

      2. Create a Soothing Ambience

      Dimmer lights, gentle conversation, and white noise may all create a relaxing atmosphere. You can also play baby sleep music or sing them soft lullabies to gently put them to sleep.

      3. Try a Swaddle Wrapper

      If swaddling blankets aren't an option anymore, you may be able to get by with something like a swaddle wrapper. Alternatively, you may try a standard sleep sack, a wearable blanket that your kid may be able to use far into toddlerhood, depending on the model.

      4. Baby Massage

      Finally, don't underestimate the soothing effects of infant massage in lulling a restless baby to sleep.


      Newborns do well to use swaddle wrappers as a method of sleep comfort. The answer to when to stop swaddling your baby is when they are 2-4 months old and try to roll over or kick out of the blanket. We're looking forward to the next stage of parenthood!

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      Written by

      Priyanka Verma

      Priyanka is an experienced editor & content writer with great attention to detail. Mother to a 10-year-old, she's skille

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