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  1. Amanda says

    My twins are 5 1/2 months and have been sleeping though the night since they were 3 months old fully swaddled. I’m transitioning them to not be swaddled so I swaddled them with one arm out last night. They were up throughout the night and my one baby rolled over on her tummy (face turned). Is it ok for her to be swaddled with one arm out if she’s rolling over? I wanted to slowly transition them, especially since last night was so rough

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Amanda – Thanks for writing, and congrats on the recent arrival of your twins! As you’ve likely been learning, transitioning away from a swaddle can be rough, and can bring on some sleep issues! Since they are starting to roll, for safety’s sake, it’s time to remove that swaddle! We love this product as a transition to help babies sleep safely, but also give the swaddled feel:
      Good luck (with both babies) Amanda! Please contact us if you find that you would like more assistance at any time!

  2. Megan says

    I had my daughter’s two month appointment this morning. I told the doctor that she rolled from tummy to back three times. He told me to stop swaddling. She’s so young though! I tried it once and she couldn’t sleep. She kept jerking herself awake. Don’t you stop swaddling when they go from their backs to their tummy, and not tummy to back? Thanks!

  3. Jessica says

    Hi my son is almost 4 months. We took away the transition swaddle and purchased a halo sleep sack his arms are flying everywhere he is very fuzzy and just won’t sleep for his normal 8-10 hours when he wa swaddled or in the transition swaddle do I put him back in the transition swaddle or just wait it out. My husband and I just don’t know what to do next. He needs his sleep and so do we. He wakes up crying and just can’t grt comfy to fall back to sleep.

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Jessica, thanks for writing to us. Transitioning from the swaddle can certainly be challenging so hang in there. The most important question I’ll ask is if your son is able to roll from back to belly? If so, do not put him back in the swaddle unless his arms are out, as it would be unsafe if he rolled to his belly with his arms restricted. It may take a week or so for him to learn how to sleep without that particular sleep crutch, so hang in there! Here is a link to a free guide that has tips to help break sleep associations (which in your case would be the swaddle) and get your baby sleeping longer stretches again:
      If you need more help, let us know! I hope this helps.

  4. Maria says

    How do you suggest transitioning out of miracle swaddle? And any advice for Increasing napping time? She sleeps well until she is put down and then awakes very easily and when she does nap it is for approximately 30-45 min intervals.
    I know the advice is to do it one at a time, but this swaddle is so compact I can’t figure out how to do that. My daughter is 3 months old and highly reliant on swaddling, but I want to transition to hopefully increase her ability to sleep without this assistance especially during nap time as we don’t swaddle her at nap time and her naps are very poor.


  5. Caitlin says

    My son is two weeks away from being three months. He has started getting both arms out of his swaddle and gets turned on his side with his head bent backwards very far towards his back. Should I start leaving his arms out in case he rolls onto stomach?

    • Neosha says

      @Caitlin – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us. If your little guy appears to sleep more comfortably with his arms free of the swaddle (many babies do!), this is perfectly fine to let him do. Just keep safety first – if he’s rolling over at all, then it’s time to stop swaddling and to start considering another alternative for keeping him bundled up and cozy while he sleeps. Hope this helps!

  6. Alexis says

    Great read. Very relatable!

    My son is 4.5 months and now rolling. Last night I saw him roll over with his arms swaddled. He turned his head but nonetheless, it’s time to get him arms out. I’m trying one at a time for naps but he wakes up screaming 20 mins after I put him down. This morning he screamed for an hour until I unswaddled both arms. Is this normal? I’ve never seen him scream/cry like he does when he realizes his arms are out/startles him. Any help is appreciated.

    • Neosha says

      @Alexis – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us. Working to stop swaddling your baby can be quite a challenging transition, for sure! Many babies prefer both arms out instead of just the one and won’t sleep well any other way. Working through the startle reflex that comes with having the freedom of limbs movement when unswaddling babies is a process but can resolve itself as your little guy learns this new way to sleep. Hang in there, Alexis and please let us know if we can be of any further help!

    • Krysta Munro says

      My baby is 7 months and loves being seaddled and in rock and play and getting way to big for both. What do i do?

      • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

        Hi @Krysta – Thanks for writing to us! Yes, it sounds like it’s time to wean your little one from the rock and play and from being swaddled! The Zipadee Zip that we mention on this page might help with the transition, and is available in many sizes, up to three years old! You can check it out here:
        Zipadee Zip
        We hope that the transition is smooth for all of you! Please contact us if you need any assistance! : )

  7. Alicia says

    My daughter is almost 9 months old and we went from a swaddle to a sleep sack that her arms can be in or out of. However I can’t let her arms out because she freaks out crying. I tried the zen sack and she didn’t like having her arms free. She was doing great sleeping but now she’s been waking up every couple of hours and I have to rock her back to sleep or sleep on the couch with her. She also still has the startle reflex. I have no idea what to do.

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Alicia, thanks for writing to us. I’m sorry to hear your daughter has been struggling with her transition from the swaddle. At this age you’ve made the safest move for your daughter, as difficult as it can be! Hang in there and do your best to stay consistent without building any new sleep habits for her she needs you to recreate. My son also had the startle reflex at this age and it is horrible so I feel your pain. I will tell you that at this age my son was able to roll both ways, so I personally felt comfortable putting him to sleep on his tummy which helped with the startle reflex. If you decide to try this I’m sure it would be an adjustment as well, and you could speak to your pediatrician about it as well (or if you are concerned then please feel free to ignore me on this too, I want you to do what you feel is best). Here is an article we have on the subject:
      Hang in there and I hope things get better for your daughter soon!

      • Alicia says

        Thank you I will see what I can do!

  8. Kristin says

    Hi, my 5.5 month old is still swaddled. We have been trying everything to transition him out of the swaddle but none of these transition items have worked. We’ve currently been able to have his arms out for naps, but at night time he wakes up frantic and crying so hard that he vomits. The only way we can calm him down is to swaddle him and I’m afraid that soon he will start rolling over and it will be unsafe. He isn’t currently rolling over, so we thought we’d try a few more nights swaddled and then try arms out again at night, but I’m so stressed about it. Do you have any advice?

    • Danielle says

      Hi Kristin,
      Thank you for visiting The Baby Sleep Site! I’m sorry to hear that you’re having so much trouble weaning the swaddle. There are a variety of swaddle transitioning products on the market that can help babies get from the swaddle to “free” sleeping. Many of the families we’ve worked with like the Zip-A-Dee Zip, or the Magic Merlin Suit. You can check in with your pediatrician for more recommendations, too. I hope this helps!

  9. Valerie says

    Hi, my 6 week old squirms for about an hour before waking in the middle of the night. When we get up with him we find he has a hand loose brought up to his face. We also struggle with getting him to fall asleep because he will wiggle and moan as if he doesn’t like the restriction, is it possible he doesn’t like swaddling?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Valerie! Thanks for visiting us and congrats on your new baby! It could be that your little guy is trying to self soothe/find his hands and/or just prefer them up by his face which is fine! You can always swaddle with one or both arms out of the swaddle, and see if he likes that better! Good luck!

  10. Shelly fahmie says

    My 5 month old has to have a swaddle to fall asleep but after a couple of hours he starts fight it. He’ll sleep fine without the swaddle after he falls asleep as long as there’s pressure on his tummy. Not sure how to get him to fall asleep without the swaddle. He wakes up with the little of his movements

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Shelly – Thanks for writing! There are lots of great tips on how to wean the swaddle with your baby on this post! Many families find that removing the swaddle very slowly is a great way to go! Check out the other helpful products that are out there for help with this too, like these:
      swaddle strap
      Good luck Shelly!! Please contact us if you would like more assistance with this at any time!