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  1. Sofie says

    Hi there. My son is almost 4 months old and is showing signs of almost rolling. He hasn’t done it yet but has gotten very close! I’ve tried transitioning him out of his swaddle before, starting with one arm out.. but have not been successful as he wakes himself up by rubbing his face and flailing his arm. But now that he’s close to rolling I’m worried about swaddling and him rolling during the night… what should I do?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Sofie –
      Thank you for writing to us! it sounds like you’ve got an almost mobile baby, and as you suspect, it’s time to start weaning him from the swaddle!! It may take a little time, but he will get used to it, so don’t give up! This is our favorite product for helping with the transition away from a swaddle:
      Check it out if you can! The tips on this blog post should help make the transition a smoother one too. Good luck Sofie!

  2. Sophie says

    My baby is 6.5 months and been swaddled for every sleep but she is breaking right out of it and wakes herself so not sure what to do. I thought maybe I go cold turkey and she did settle for her naps without but only did 30 mins. She is so overtired. Do I just continue even if she isn’t getting much sleep? And should improve in few days? Or is it cruel as basically hasn’t slept today other than a few 30 mins

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Sophie – Thank you for writing to us! Sorry that weaning your daughter from the swaddle is not going as smoothly as we wish it would! Feel free to slow down and wean it gradually if she is not sleeping well! Since she is breaking out of swaddle, you can try it with her arms out, and of course, you’ll want to consider safety first, so that there are no loose blankets around her. There are great options for swaddle straps and sleep sacks too, which often help. We link to many on this article!
      Weaning from the swaddle can cause some sleep disruption, and do feel free to offer an earlier bedtime, or even a catnap to catch up on any lost sleep!
      Good luck Sophie, and please contact us if you’d like more help at any time!

  3. Jay says

    My 4 month old daughter sleeps unswaddled at night but swaddled for naps. She sleeps for up to 10 hours straight at night before waking up for a feed. However, naps are a different story: Without a swaddle she will only nap for 30 min. In a swaddle, she will nap for up to 3 hours! She’s starting at a daycare in a few weeks that doesn’t have air conditioning and I’m afraid a swaddle will be too warm. Should I start transitioning her out for naps now?

    • Danielle says

      Hi Jay,
      Thanks for writing! If your daughter is happy in the swaddle, sleeping better in it, and not rolling, I wouldn’t necessarily suggest weaning her unless you absolutely have to. Have you considered using a lighter swaddle, or an alternative like the Swaddle Strap? That one in particular provides some of the deep pressure, but is a lot lighter and won’t hold in as much heat. We have an article with some ideas here:
      I hope this helps, and good luck!

  4. Danielle says

    My baby boy is almost four months old and I’ve swaddled him ever since he came home from the hospital. My mom says she doesn’t swaddle him when he stays with her at her house and he sleeps fine. I’ve gotten used to doing it and I’m unsure what is better for him especially since our bedroom can be cold at night ( I keep the ceiling fan on medium or high all night). He has always been very restless and still is. Another reason I’m unsure is because he breaks out of it pretty often.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Danielle – Thanks for writing to us about your baby! It is common for babies to sleep differently for different caregivers, so it is not surprising that he is sleeping fine with your mom though not swaddled! If he is breaking out of the swaddle quite often, it may become a safety issue. Use the tips on this page to help determine if it’s time to wean from the swaddle, and when it is time, we love this product to keep baby warm and safe and still fee secure:
      Good luck Danielle!!

  5. Layla says

    Hi there,
    My boy is almost 6months. He rolled back to front a handful of times when hes was about 4months old and hasnt done it since. He has however started to show signs of wanting to roll again, rolling all the way onto his side and almost rolling to front again. He only does this during the day and sleeps well at night on his back with no rolling. He cries bloody murder if I try settle him to sleep without his arms swaddled for naps and when I get him to sleep at night unswaddled he wakes within an hour and wants to play. I guess what I’m wondering is should I keep I’m swaddled at night if hes not rolling at night? Or is it time to unswaddle and will he just get used to being unswaddled…?

    • Danielle says

      Hi Layla,
      Thank you for checking out The Baby Sleep Site! I’m sorry you’re having some trouble transitioning from the swaddle. At 6 months, we do usually recommend starting to transition out, but how you do so really depends on your family and your baby. Some families do go cold turkey without the swaddle, which usually results in a couple of nights or broken sleep, but then baby adjusts. Other options include transition products like the Zip-a-dee Zip, or the Magic Merlin sleep suit, or similar items. Families have success with all sorts of methods, so we can only assure you that you know your baby best, and will decide what approach will work best for him and for you. I hope this helps, and good luck with the transition!

  6. Akanksha Rai says

    Hi.. My baby girl is going to be 3 months old and she is showing all symptoms that I should stop swaddling her.. But if I do not swaddle her… She use to moves her hands so much around her face that she wake within 15 minutes. What should I do??

  7. Amanda says

    My four month old is starting to roll during the day but only when given s little assistance. She’s not quite rolling herself without a little help yet. That being said, we started to transition by doing one arm out and using a zen sack. Then the four month sleep regression and teething pain hit. We are in the thick of it right now. She will scream bloody murder at night with one arm out or in the sack. Making us go back to swaddling for everyone’s sanity. She is also in a dock a tot in her crib and we are trying to transition out of that as well. My quotation is, is it OK to hold off on transitioning until we are out of the regression phase? I feel like it’s too much as once and is causing her a lot of stress. Since she’s not totally rolling on her own and doing it consistently, I feel like it’s our best option at the moment. Any tips?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Amanda – Thanks for writing, and sorry to hear that you’re having some sleep issues with your 4 month old! You are not alone, and this 4 month sleep regression can cause even the best sleepers to have trouble! If your baby is still safely swaddled, and not rolling over in her swaddle, you can keep swaddling her for now. However, she may not outgrow this, and you may have to work through the transition very soon! If you need a break, do feel free to give it a week and try again, as long as she is safely swaddled, in a safe sleep space, and not rolling over. I hope that thins smooths out quickly Amanda!!