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  1. Kristi says

    I use the Miracle Blanket for my baby and he has a been a really good sleeper (falling asleep on his own and only waking once a night for a feeding). But, the past few weeks, he has started waking twice a night and breaks free from his swaddle. Does this mean that it’s time to stop swaddling? Is he too young too sleep unswaddled, or should he be able to sleep okay without it at this point?

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Kristi, how old is your baby? Babies are never too young to stop swaddling (I always transitioned mine around 3 months although I didn’t have a particular reason for that – ha!) but some do have a startle reflex so they will wake themselves out through a quick startling movement without the swaddle. If you decide to stop, it will be a transitional period so give it some time for him to adjust. Hope that helps!

      • Kristi says

        He is 5 1/2 months old. So it sounds like he should be fine if we stop swaddling him?

      • Janelle Reid says

        @Kristi, thanks! Yeah it will be time to stop swaddling soon if he starts rolling since you wouldn’t want him to roll without having his arms out. Here’s a link with some tips and links to products that may help during the transition:
        I hope everything goes smoothly!

  2. Kara says

    This is good to read. My baby sleeps really well through the night swaddled but has the strong reflex so is awake 10 minutes after going off to sleep, or not going off to sleep because she is slapping herself in the face… Going to continue swaddling for a while.

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @ Kara – glad you found this helpful!! Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂

  3. Caitlin says

    I swaddled my boy in the Love to Swaddle up by Love to Dream until he started rolling, and that was magic as he really seemed to like the arms up position but would break free of other methods plus this was great for babysitters. Just zip him in and done 🙂 But he definitely needed something to transition once he started rolling and the zip out sleeves didn’t seem to work for him. His hands were a huge distraction. So I moved to the Zippadee Zip all the way down here in NZ – thank you Google for helping me find it! 😀 And it worked an absolute dream. We had that for the next six months in two sizes then on to the Merino sleep sack once the Zip suit was too big and he was finally good with his hands free. How he is two and four months and says he no longer needs the bag at all, so we’re on no covers for summer while still in his cot, just pjs, and next step – bed. eeep! Wish us luck for that next transition 🙂

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @ Caitlin – woohoo! Sounds like you found the right mix of products to help you step away from swaddling without wrecking your little guy’s sleep…good for you, mama! 😉

      Thanks for sharing a bit about your experience, Caitlin!

  4. Meredith Piscitelli says

    I love and often recommend the Merlin Magic Sleep suit. Many parents stop swaddling a little too early because they haven’t been instructed properly or they feel it’s hurting their baby. There are also a plethora of self-sealing type outfits which are very helpful, especially if baby has a strong Moro reflex.

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @ Meredith Piscitelli – thanks for sharing this recommendation, Meredith – much appreciated!