When did you stop swaddling?

Hi all!

I have a 4 month old who just learned how to roll over (and boy did he stay up all night excited about that one☺️). We had his arms out in a Halo swaddle around 3mo and then we fully removed the swaddle about two weeks ago. He went through a major regression last week, so my husband tried putting him back in the swaddle (arms out of course) and that worked like a charm. If he sleeps better with the swaddle, I don't mind keeping him in it, but with a hot Virginia summer around the corner, I'd to get away from it to avoid overheating. Have any of you fully transitioned away from the swaddle? If so, around what age did that happen?


  • cobauer
    cobauer Member

    We used the SNOO for the first 6 months, but our daughter did nap in a travel crib whenever we went to my parent's house and for a couple weeks when we went on vacation last summer. Once she could roll over we only felt comfortable having her arms swaddled inside the sleep sack when she was strapped into the SNOO. When she was in the travel crib we used the Zipadee Zip swaddle with the nanit breathing band around her center so her hands could be covered, but she still had the freedom to move and push herself up as needed.

    If you're concerned about overheating I'd look into the different fabrics available. Halo has some great lightweight fabrics, as do other sleep sacks like the zipadee zip & the nested bean.

  • Natalie_Barnett_PhD
    Natalie_Barnett_PhD Member, Nanit Team, Expert

    You can totally keep your baby in the Halo with their arms out if they like that and if its the cotton Halo (not the fleece) he should be fine in that if you can get the room cool enough (look at the TOG chart on the site). But if you are worried about overheating, you could also try the Nanit Breathing Band which should give the same snug feeling of the Halo around your baby's tummy!

    But in general, you can leave him in the Halo with arms out until he grows out of it! The most important thing is that his arms are not swaddled once he can roll over, which is exactly what you did 👏!

  • Ally
    Ally Member

    My son loooves sleeping on his stomach and once he knew how to roll over around 3 months, we said goodbye to the swaddle. He transitioned nicely-we used the Nanit sleep sack with the built in breathing band. It gave him the freedom to sleep on his belly with the familiar snug feeling he was used to with a swaddle!

  • KLinds
    KLinds Member

    We went straight from swaddle to a sleep sack and are still in it at almost 2 years old! We just use a really lightweight one in the summer and keep his room cool - I like to think that it is encouraging him to not try to climb out of him crib but who knows if that’s really the case!

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