Most babies love being swaddled. It’s cozy and feels safe and secure. But at some point, your baby will need to transition out of swaddling.
There are many reasons why you might want to transition your baby from swaddling. Perhaps your baby is getting too big for their swaddle, or they’re starting to roll over. Maybe they’re showing signs of wanting to be free, like wiggling out of their swaddle or trying to flip over.
Whatever the reason, transitioning from swaddling can be tricky – for both you and your baby. But with a little patience and some trial and error, you can make the process smooth and successful.
Here are a few tips to help you transition your baby from swaddling:
1. Start by giving them more freedom.
If your baby is used to being tightly swaddled, then they may feel a bit frustrated at first when you start loosening the wraps. To ease them into it, try letting them have one arm out of the swaddle. If they seem to like that, then gradually work on getting both arms out.
2. Go slowly.
Don’t feel like you have to stop swaddling cold turkey. You can always start by swaddling for shorter periods of time, or only at night.
3. Put them in a sleep sack.
Once your baby is unswaddled, you may want to put them in a sleep sack to help them feel snug and secure. This can be especially helpful if your baby is used to being swaddled tightly.
4. Be patient.
Remember that it may take a little time for your baby to adjust to being unswaddled. They may cry or fuss at first, but just keep trying and eventually they’ll get used to it.
By following these tips, you can help make the transition from swaddling to freedom smooth and successful for both you and your baby.