Swaddling is a great way to help soothe and comfort your baby. It can make them feel secure, help them sleep better, and reduce their risk of SIDS. But just like most things, there comes a time when it’s best to stop swaddling your little baby.
Knowing when that time is can be tricky, so let’s go over some of the signs you should look for that indicate it’s time to transition away from swaddling, that’s when to stop swaddling your baby.
Stop swaddling your baby when your baby is rolling over
Swaddling has been shown to decrease the risk of SIDS in infants up to four months old.
However, once your baby starts rolling over—either onto their stomach or back—it’s important to stop swaddling your baby as it may increase the risk of SIDS.
So if you notice that your baby has started rolling over while they’re swaddled, then it’s time to transition away from swaddling altogether.
When your baby shows signs of being uncomfortable
Your baby will show you when they’re uncomfortable with something by crying or fussing more than usual.
If you notice this happening when your baby is swaddled, then it may be time for them to start sleeping unswaddled.
Some babies simply don’t like being restricted by being wrapped up in a blanket and need the extra freedom of movement that an unswaddled sleep position provides.
When you notice they can easily break out of it
If you find that your baby can easily break out of their swaddle even after you’ve done everything you can do make sure it’s tight enough and secure, then it’s likely time for them to start sleeping without it.
Babies have a tendency to become increasingly agile as they grow older and eventually get strong enough to break out of their swaddle regardless of how tight it is.
When this happens, it’s best for both safety and comfort reasons that they start sleeping without one altogether.
To conclude, swaddling is a great way to keep your little one feeling safe and secure throughout the night (and day).
Not only does it help them sleep better but also helps reduce the risk of SIDS in young babies as well.
However, there are certain signs which indicate when it’s best for both safety and comfort reasons that your baby starts sleeping without one altogether such as when they roll over onto their stomach or back, if they show signs of being uncomfortable in the swaddle or if they become agile enough where they can easily break out of it regardless how tight you make it.
Knowing these signs and transitioning away from swaddling accordingly will ensure both you and your little one have peaceful nights ahead!