When To Transition From Swaddle to Sleep Bag
Swaddling is a tried and true method to help babies sleep, however, it is important to transition babies into sleep bags at the appropriate time to ensure proper safety and development of the child.
Signs That Your Baby Is Ready For The Swaddle To Sleep Bag Transition
Babies love to be rolled up like little burritos in their swaddles, and there are many reasons why they love stretchy wraps for this. Despite this, it is beneficial to understand the benefits of baby sleeping bags, and how transitioning a baby’s sleep from swaddling to sleep bags is crucial for their development.
Below are a couple of the things that you could be keeping an eye on to see if your baby is getting ready to transition to a baby sleeping bag.
Breaking out of the swaddle – If the child is attempting to, or successfully breaking out of their swaddle, it is likely a sign that they are getting ready to transition to something else.
Fighting when they are being swaddled – If the child is being fussy, or fighting against being put into their swaddle, this could be another sign the child is ready for a new sleeping arrangement
Waking up in the night – If the child is waking up in the night more often than they used to, it could be a sign that the swaddle is no longer appropriate for them.
The most important reason why you should transition your child from a swaddle to a sleep bag is if they start to show signs of rolling. If your child is already rolling or begins to roll you must transition them from swaddling immediately. This is done for the safety of the child as well as their development.
The chances of SID increase by a significant amount when a swaddled baby rolls onto their stomach while sleeping. It is important to do anything that you can to constantly lower the chances of your child experiencing SID. This is why it is so important that you ensure a transition to a sleep bag before your child knows how to roll.
This also means that it is important to keep an eye out for any signs that indicate that your child is getting closer to being able to roll. Some of the signs that your child is getting ready to roll are explained below.
- Attempting to roll around the place when they are not swaddled.
- Trying to put their hand up and near their face when they have been put in the swaddle.
- If they are pushing themselves up during tummy time.
- If they are starting to show signs of disrupted sleep when they previously did not show any signs.
- If the child is being fussy when you are trying to put the swaddle on them, or if they are continuing their fussiness after being swaddled.
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