Swaddling must be stop when it starts to pose a danger for the newborn. Additionally, parents should consider stopping when their newborn is longer comfortable being swaddle. But, moms and dads should keep up with swaddling their newborn as long as possible because the routine of swaddling has so many benefits like teaching newborns to nap longer and remain calmer.
As newborns grow, the potential risk of danger and discomfort of swaddling will rise. Around 3 months, parents should begin to wean their infant off swaddling because most infant are getting too big to be completely swaddle by traditional size swaddle wraps. Partial swaddling is unsuccessful and ultimately a safety risk because baggy swaddle blankets can lead to asphyxiation when it hinders the little one air passage ways. There are alternative swaddle blankets, like swaddle sacks from Halo or SwaddleMe that works great for bigger babies and are able to securely keep infants swaddle in a safe manner.
Additionally, newborns will get stronger and will find it simple to free themselves from their swaddle blanket over time. It starts with the hands moving away from the side to the chest and then out of the swaddling blanket. Newborns that move a lot will be more uncomfortable and wake up more during their sleep time. A solution is to double swaddle the newborn for a tighter and more secure swaddle. If that doesn’t work, then using swaddling sacks will hold newborns in a tight burrito because they have tighter restraints with zippers and Velcro systems. Otherwise, parents need to stop swaddling immediately and use sleeping bags as a blanket cover to keep their babies warm.
Stop swaddling if your newborn is able to roll to their sides. This is another safety danger because newborns that can roll might not be able to roll themselves back into the safe supine sleeping position. Accidental rolling and suffocation is possible and once your baby show signs of rolling, parents need to take the next step to wean the newborn off swaddling. A non-swaddle baby will have their arms and legs to help them maneuver out of risky sleeping positions.
When infants are not swaddle, parents need to pay attention to their body temperature (normal 97 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit) as they no longer have an extra layer of protection. One solution is to keep room temperature at a comfortable level (75 degrees Fahrenheit) and babies will be comfortably snug. The use of the swaddle sack or sleeping bag can also be a great way to keep the newborns warm instead of swaddling.
Overall, parents should look at the 3 month time point as the typical time when swaddling could stop. This time frame will vary from baby to baby as safety concerns could lead parents to stop swaddling earlier.