The practice of swaddling is so old it has gone back to the times of ancient Greeks and Romans. It is said that it is one of the best ways to sooth your baby is to swaddle them as a way of mimicking the baby’s experience in the womb by giving them a sense of security with light pressure all over their body and warmth. While this method may help the first few months of a baby’s life to sooth and assist in recognizing sleep time, after a while you may start to see your baby want to wiggle out of it and no longer prefer this method for soothing. This is a clue that it is time to transition out of swaddling and start using baby sleeping bags.
More recently, experts are starting to promote the use of baby sleeping bags even at the beginning of birth, because it eliminates possible suffocation by the loose blanket or swaddle as a result of excessive movement by the baby. Additionally, studies have shown that too much swaddling can lead to hip problems later in life. If you baby is quite active during sleep and likes to have free movement of arms and legs, a baby sleeping bag can put your mind at ease that your baby is comfortable and safe, and you should consider the transition from swaddle to baby sleeping bag.
There is no specific age to stop swaddling. Every baby is unique. But once your baby turns 4 months old, it is generally a good idea to start transition out of swaddling because they become more active. Their quality of sleep may deteriorate as they no longer like the feeling of their arms being restricted. They may want to suck their fingers, hold a small blankie or start to put their dummy back in their mouth all on their own. Your baby may also start to roll over on their tummy all on their own. This can be dangerous if your baby is still tightly swaddled. Studies show that swaddled tummy sleeping babies have a 7x SIDS risk compared to those babies who sleep on their back swaddled. Because of this, it is safest to put your little one into a baby sleeping bag as it will make it harder for the baby to role on their tummy.
A baby sleeping bag will keep your little one feeling warm and secure all night without the fear of suffocation from loose bedding. They give the baby limbs freedom of movement without the worry that the baby may not be snug all night. It is the best transition you can do for your little one when swaddling no longer works for your baby.
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