How to Know When It's Time to Stop Swaddling (And what to do!)

How to Know When It's Time to Stop Swaddling (And what to do!)

If you’ve been here beore then you know just how much we love swaddling. Swaddling quickly became our BFF when we learned how to do it. If you are in need of a swaddling tutorial click here. If your baby hates swaddling we have some tips for you here too. 


But with all good things, even swaddling has to come to an end. Today we want to share with you some of the signs and what to do to wean from swaddling. 

How to Know

  • The biggest indicator that it’s time to wean from swaddling is if the baby can roll over. Rolling over while swaddled is not safe for the baby and can lead to suffocation. 
  • Another sign is when your baby breaks out of their swaddle often or you find yourself re-adjusting it frequently. 
  • There is no age or timeline to follow here, so look for these signs along with the last one. If swaddling is no longer calming or soothing your baby then there is no need to continue swaddling. 

What to Do 

There are many different ways to wean from swaddling but we are going to share a few of our go-tos. 

  1. The Knotted Sleeper: if your baby still likes the feeling of being swaddled the knotted sleeper can be a great transition. The stretchy fabric provides the same cozy soothing feeling, but they will have access to their arms. 
  2. Loose Swaddle: each day make the swaddle looser and looser until after about 1-week when you can remove the swaddle. 
  3. Arms Out: one of the most common methods to wean from swaddling is to leave one arm out of the swaddle for a few days and then take both arms out for a couple days and finally remove the swaddle altogether. 
  4. Legs Out: this works similarly to arms out. Take one leg out for a couple days then the second for a few days, and then take away the swaddle. 

Have other questions about swaddling or weaning from swaddling? Let us know in the comments below! 

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