Being firm as a parent may come out strong from your child’s point of view. But if we aren’t, it’s a never-ending struggle with your baby. Swaddling is a comfort zone for my baby. For her, it’s a sense of security, peace, and ease.
But when it’s time for a baby to move out from her cocoon, you would see signs of baby “breaking” out of swaddles. How to transition out of swaddle?
The strain of the transition could be difficult. It’s either you or your baby wins! So let’s find out ways on how to end up without much of a fuss.
Is it time?
How to know when it’s the right time?
Before we start with the techniques, we must learn first the different signs that your baby is ready to give up swaddling. It’s important to know the timing for transitions. Although it would be different from one baby to another, the usual stage should be between 4-6 months.
Ways on how to transition out of the swaddle. A smooth plan!
When you’re sure that it’s time to let go of the swaddle, it is essential that you have a transition plan in your mind to make it stress-free. Here’s a guide on how to do it. The step-by-step instruction must be applied every day until you’re successful.
Step 1- Arms Free
This transition is just like introducing to your baby another sleeping routine. Expect that this will take time for the baby to adjust. Do the swaddling by leaving one arm free.
At least, if the startle reflex is still there, the other arm will do the job in resisting the disruption caused by the jerking of both arms without the swaddle. Try this out for a few nights.
If you observe that your baby is now comfortable with one arm out while sleeping, then it’s time to free the other arm as well. Let it be for a few nights again.
Keep in mind that babies are different. One may make it in just a few days while others may take longer.
Step 2- Is it too soon?
Did the “arms free” step work? Actually, your baby will show you signs that you are on the right track. Observe her when taking a nap.
Postpone the plan for a few weeks then you can try again. Remember to give your baby time to adjust. A few days will do.
Step 3- Time for a wearable blanket
This step on how to transition out of a swaddle will work when your baby is now comfortable with two arms out while being swaddled. Therefore, switching swaddle to a wearable blanket will not be a big change anymore.
A wearable blanket must be loose, enough to keep the baby comfy while wiggling around.
Letting your baby use a wearable blanket will reduce the worry of accidents that happen using an ordinary blanket. Keep an eye on your baby and evaluate if the phase is working or not.
Step 4- And now she’s starting to roll over!
It only takes a few days before your baby gets used to the sleeping sack. At this time, they may be strong enough to carry their weight and roll over on her tummy.
Using the breathable swaddle/wearable blanket or sleeping sacks some call it, gives comfort to make them do the moves. But if you don’t have those, you can use a swaddle strap instead. The blanket enables to free the arms first while swaddle straps, free the feet first.
In fact, swaddle straps are designed for warm weather since you don’t need to wrap your baby in a blanket. On top of that, since the legs are free, it’s easy for us parents to change the diapers.
Now, if you’re wondering how swaddle strap works, here is a video showing you steps on how to put it on.
How to Soothe Baby during the transition?
It’s expected that during the transition period, your baby will be having trouble to adjust and may not sleep well. I have here some tips that I have tried and worked on my babies. This might help you on your struggle on how to transition out of a swaddle.
In no time, babies will grow and the next thing you’ll know, they already have their own lives. What we only need as parents are to be patient in guiding and watching them do so.
How to transition out of swaddle is just an early phase on how you can help your baby as she grows up. Transitioning our child from comfort zone is usually difficult to do.
We need to be firm and confident that we can stand by it.
So, how’s my transition techniques? Did it work out for you? Babies are unique in so many ways. If it happens it didn’t, can you share with us how you made your transition a success?