S.S. asks from Omaha, NE on September 06, 2009
Transition from Swaddle Wrap to Sleep Sack!!
My daughter has liked her swaddle wrap since birth. She is now getting pretty active, & has learned how to kick out of her swaddle wrap. Today with naps & bedtime, we have tried the sleep sack, and she hates it! Any suggestions on how to make this transition a little easier, & not go crazy in the process??
C.G. answers from Minneapolis on September 09, 2009
believe it or not, my daughter stayed in a swaddle to 6 months...even sometimes here and there we swaddled up to nine months...she just was comforted by it....i had a great knit fabric stretchy blanket, and sometimes i swaddled her body leaving out her legs so that she could kick, she was nice and snug and her feet could kick a bit...it worked for us...she never liked sleep sacks, we always used fleecy pj's....good luck!
L.G. answers from Milwaukee on September 07, 2009
we JUST did this last week! good luck but it gets easier! i stitched up the armholes of the sleep sack. he's 7 months and was getting out of his swaddle (even though i used all my might with the miracle blanket!) and so far this has been great cuz he doesn't keep himself awake with his busy hands. i also stitched a bit around the neckline so it wasn't so big. good luck!
J.C. answers from Omaha on September 07, 2009
We swaddled our little one for the first 5 months also. To transition I would still swaddle, but leave the legs out. Then I gradually went to swaddling with leaving one arm out. I think she got used to it over a period of days. Hope this helps!
J.L. answers from Davenport on September 07, 2009
My 2nd child did that too. What worked for us was both. We put him in the sleep sack and used the swaddle wrap blanket (ours was one that velcroed from walmart) just around his arms and torso. He still felt snug and it allowed him to get used to the sleep sack, as we gradually wrapped his arms looser and looser until he didn't need it anymore.
E.A. answers from Janesville-Beloit on September 07, 2009
These are great because they can still move insde but are still swaddled. It is like sewing the arms in a sleep sack like already mentioned.
T.C. answers from Des Moines on September 07, 2009
I can be a rough transition. We had to continue swaddling my son until he was 9 months. We had to buy bigger blankets, use two blankets, use velcro... Ahhh! then at 10 months I had enough and decided he had to quit - the only way he would sleep unswaddled was on his stomach. Not PC but it worked for us. Because he was at 10 months I wasn't as scared about SIDS as I would have been if we has still little. Anyway, that worked like a charm even the first time we tried it.
I did a lot of web surfing on this topic while trying to break my son of his habit - everyone seemed to suggest swaddling with one arm out for a few days, then two arms, then remove the swaddle all together. This never worked for us, but maybe it will for you.
K.T. answers from Madison on September 08, 2009
Our daughter loved being swaddled as well. From a friend, we learned the trick of an old flannel or jersey knit sheet - cut in quarters and used in place of a baby or swaddle blanket. The sheet is larger and has more give, which means you can experiement on ways to stretch it and make it tighter. So as the baby gets bigger, you can still swaddle - and experiment with keeping one arm out, then both arms out, then sleep sack. Good luck!