• How to transition from swaddling? – With Biome

    August 3, 2022 • LIFE
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    Understanding the signs: When does bub need to transition from a swaddle?

    As a new parent to the game, there are so many stages and benchmarks to remember that it can all feel so overwhelming. Understanding when to transition your baby from swaddling is crucial to keeping bubs safe at night and maintaining strong sleep patterns for both you and the baby!

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    When to Stop Swaddling Arms Down
    It’s Time to Transition from a Swaddle: Identifying the Signs
    The stages of a successful swaddle transition
    What if baby won’t sleep unswaddled?
    What if your newborn baby prefers hands out of the swaddle?

    When to Stop Swaddling Arms Down

    Unfortunately, there is no set day you can mark on the calendar to transition bub from a swaddle. You must identify the signs your baby wants to roll over, as this is the main reason they can no longer sleep swaddled.

    Babies with the strength to roll that still sleep swaddled are at risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), usually caused by blocked airways. These are very extreme circumstances as this occurs in 0.006 % of children in Australia. The statistics are so low as education around SIDS has been prominent through the 2000s.

    So what are the signs that it’s time to transition to a sleeping bag or at least freeing the arms?

    It’s Time to Transition from a Swaddle: Identifying the Signs

    1. Baby is trying to roll when unswaddled
    2. Showing signs of struggle, dissatisfaction, or frustration when they are swaddled
    3. Lifting hands off the ground (the superman) during tummy time
    4. Pushing on the floor with their hands during tummy time
    5. Their sleep patterns are unusually patchy or disrupted
    6. You’ve noticed the startle reflex has disappeared
    7. Persisting to break free of the swaddle

    The stages of a successful swaddle transition

    When approaching the swaddle transition, it’s important to be as patient as possible. Babies at the 3-6 month range are still getting used to the fact they’re no longer curled up warm and cosy in their mum’s belly.

    Once you have identified that a baby is ready to transition out of a swaddle it’s important to follow these three steps.

    1. Try bubs with just one arm out of the swaddle
    2. After a week, try bubs with both arms out
    3. If baby won’t sleep with the arms out, go back to one arm out for a few nights

    Keep easing them into a full transition from the swaddle. If you find that you’ve experienced a good night with both arms out, it’s time to stick to it. Don’t be tempted to go back, they will adjust – hopefully, sooner rather than later.

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    What if baby won’t sleep unswaddled?

    If your baby won’t sleep unswaddled, then perhaps they still have the startle reflex.

    The startle reflex is a reactionary response to noise, touch, or movement. It may look like a sudden extension of their hands or legs or arching of their back. The truth is, it’s enough to wake them up. Baby’s hands rest on their face because of the natural resting position in the womb; which could be one of the things that startle them at first.

    Recommendations

    • If baby still has the startle reflex and they aren’t rolling yet, try one more week of swaddling – they may not be ready yet.
    • If you have transitioned from swaddle to just a onsie, try a middle ground like using a baby sleeping bag
    • Ensure you’ve tried our swaddle transition process above – engaging a ‘one arm out’ ‘both arms out’ alternation.

    What if your newborn baby prefers hands out of the swaddle?

    If your newborn baby wants its hands out of the swaddle, but they aren’t ready yet, all you need to do is buy baby gloves. A baby’s natural reaction is to curl their hands near the neck and face. To prevent scratches or startling movement, use baby mittens to cover their fingernails. If you don’t have mittens… parental hack, you can use a pair of socks (preferably clean ones).

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