Hey, mama! What brought you here? I’m betting you’re in that awkward phase where your baby is ready to leave the swaddle behind but you’re not entirely sure how to go about it. I hear ya! When it comes to my baby’s sleep I treat it with the utmost respect and protection because when my baby sleeps well…so do I! That’s why making changes can seem daunting but it doesn’t have to be as terrible as you might think. Here are 3 effective and gentle ways to drop the swaddle.
Slow and Steady
First up is a method from Val’s blog. It requires zero funds but can take a while.
She recommends keeping one arm out of the swaddle and seeing how your baby does. Let them get used to the freedom of movement slowly. Once they’re used to having one arm out, leave the other arm out. Eventually, you remove the swaddle altogether.
This is an awesome method if you don’t have the budget to invest in any swaddle tools and if you aren’t in a hurry. However, if your baby is starting to roll or you’re a bit like me and just want it over with quickly, then you might be interested in the other two methods below. 🙂
Sleepyhugs Sleep Swaddle
A couple weeks ago Sleepytot New Zealand sent us the Sleepyhugs Sleep Swaddle and asked us for a review. Well, Annie and I were more than willing to oblige. Before I go any further, please know that this is not a sponsored post and that all opinions are my own. 🙂 Sleepytot New Zealand is (obviously) a New Zealand-based company that sells products to help your little one sleep well.
There were several patterns to pick from but this is the one we decided on. I love the sweet pastels in it!
So, what does it do? Here is an excerpt straight from their website:
“It’s a transitional swaddle/sleepsuit – the answer to the Swaddle Transition!
The new revolutionary sleep suit that’s helping babies transition from the swaddle wrap to full arm movement. Helping them cope better with the ‘startle reflex’ and helping them sleep better and longer, giving baby the much-needed sleep they require to develop. Oh, and gives parents back their sleep.
The SLEEPY HUGS sleep suit has been designed to allow your baby to move their arms freely while still providing an enclosed, secure feeling that they enjoy. It is designed as a totally enclosed sleep suit but with a slight resistance in the arms so that they can move their arms around freely yet gives them that ‘edge’ feeling. So, when they experience a startle reflex, they immediately feel secure.
- New Designs made using a lighter weight cotton making it suitable for the Spring/Summer seasons.
- 100% super soft cotton, naturally breathable and suitable for eczema
- Fully enclosed arms prevents scratching
- Wide sack design to suit hip dysplasia harness
- Top zipper cover to protect baby’s delicate skin
- Bottom opening zipper for convenient nappy changes”
How did we find it?
I’ll be honest and say I was a little nervous as Annie has been using a sleep sack for some time now and I wasn’t sure how she would enjoy this. She loved it!
When it came time to drop the swaddle with her it was quite easy as she went straight to tummy sleeping. I WISH I had had this for my son, though! The transition with him was rough and involved a lot of tears (from us both!).
Despite the fact that Annie has been using a sleep sack for a while I really like this sleep suit for several reasons:
- Her hands are covered and therefore I don’t have to worry about them getting cold.
- It is SO easy to put on (unlike her regular sleep sacks).
- The fabric is lightweight and stretchy meaning she can move freely. (Plus it dries quickly!)
- She looks ridiculously cute in it!
So, it is a win for us and will be well used. I highly recommend it and suggest you check out Sleepytot’s website and all they have to offer. 🙂
The third option is to let your baby sleep on their tummy. DON’T SHOOT ME! I know that the recommendation is to only let your baby sleep on their back and I completely understand so let me explain. I’m only recommending doing this if your baby is mobile and able to get to their tummy on their own. If your baby is at that stage then it is by far safer to unswaddle them and let them sleep on their tummy than it is to keep them swaddled and at risk of suffocation should they roll.
Once out of the swaddle both of my kiddos were natural tummy sleepers and have slept really well ever since.
If it works for you then do it, if not…then that’s also fine. 🙂
There are lots of other products and recommendations out there but these are my top three. Did you swaddle your babies and if so, what did you do when it came time to transition them out of it?
Until next time!