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Transitioning Your Baby Out of the Swaddle



A common question I get asked is “How do I transition my baby out of the swaddle?” If you think you might be at this stage in your baby's development, this post is for you! It’s a big step and something you should do gradually, if possible. To make this as easy as possible, I am going to divide this up into 3 sections, you can pick the section that pertains to your baby.


If your baby is not rolling over at all:

Keep swaddling your baby, it is not time to stop swaddling your baby.


If your baby is showing signs of rolling over:

This is the time where you need to start to transition out of the swaddle. There are some options that still offer your baby support in terms of swaddling but are safe if they rollover. Just a note, when you start something new sleep-wise, you always want to start it at night. Here are a few options for you to try:

  • You can swaddle one arm out first, and once you feel like your baby has adjusted to that you can get both arms out.

  • You can choose from a lot of really great items that are on the market to help you transition your baby out of the swaddle. One of my favorites is the Zipadee Zip, this swaddle is still safe to use when your baby is fully rolling over, but still offers some support by taming your baby’s Moro reflex. Another favorite transition swaddle of mine is the Love to Dream Swaddle Up Transition Bag. This swaddle has zip-off wings that let you take each off individually and it converts to a normal sleep sack when you have fully transitioned.

If your baby is rolling over back to tummy:

  • Your baby needs to be out of a swaddle completely, with both arms free.

Transitioning out of the swaddle is a big step for your baby. Be patient and give them grace, it will take some time to get adjusted. As long as you do it gradually, it should be a relatively easy process for both of you. Each baby is unique, be sure to have a discussion with your pediatrician to see when it’s appropriate for you to stop swaddling your baby.


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