Have you been wondering when should you stop swaddling your child and why? This article can provide you with the top 6 reasons for why you should definitely stop swaddling your child after he reaches 3 or 4 months.
WHY DO BABIES NEED TO BE SWADDLED?
Swaddling is the necessary art of wrapping your baby up in a nice little cosy bundle of cloth or blanket in a mock imitation of a mothers’ womb. This is so that the baby feels safe at all times. The swaddled baby is also protected from the cool air or any germs that may harm the baby.
Since swaddling has its benefits, when, where, and why a baby should stop being swaddled? Shouldn’t the baby be safer being swaddled up, nice and cosy? The answer is no.
The baby needs to grow and breathe themselves up into an infant, toddler, adolescent, and so on. Swaddling the baby helps the child during the newborn stage. However, it will prevent the child from growing when he reaches infancy and that is something no parent would want.
WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO STOP SWADDLING THE BABY?
Many new parents want to know when should they stop swaddling the baby. When is the right time? What if we stop too early or too late? This would be a concern for a new parent and this article will provide that help.
TIPS AND SIGNS TO KNOW WHEN TO STOP SWADDLING YOUR BABY
- When your baby reaches 3 to 4 months of age, that is the opportune time to stop swaddling them.
- Make sure that the baby has grown out of the Moro reflex before stopping the swaddling so that the child does not startle himself awake at night.
- You will know that it is time to stop swaddling indefinitely when your baby has learned to turn over onto his stomach.
- A telling sign for when the baby is ready for no more swaddling is when he takes his hands out of the bundle and tries to kick the cloth away.
- The baby has started to become frustrated with swaddling and cries every time you start swaddling him.
- Trust your instinct! If you as a new parent feel that it is time to stop swaddling, then trust that feeling. Most often, parents know what is best for what their child needs.