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3 Signs that Baby is Ready to Transition Out of Swaddling

June 19, 2014

swaddle transition periodWhen it comes to getting baby to sleep peacefully throughout the night, swaddling is the best way to go. Babies love to be swaddled because it reminds them of the security and comfort they felt in the womb. When swaddled, babies feel cozy and snug and can fall asleep much more easily. Swaddling also helps teach the important skill of how to self-soothe. However, there comes a time when all babies must stop swaddling and this can be a nightmare for many parents. How do you get your baby to sleep out of the swaddle when they can only fall asleep while swaddled?

3 Signs Baby Is Ready to Transition Out of Swaddling

  1. Baby starts to roll. If baby is starting to roll over, it is no longer safe for you to continue to swaddle her. You should immediately stop swaddling baby as recommended by medical professionals.
  2. Baby keeps escaping. Sometimes a swaddle just isn't doing a good enough job if baby keeps escaping, but other times this means it's time to transition.
  3. Baby keeps waking during the night. If your baby typically sleeps well while swaddled but recently they wake up multiple times during the night, your baby has probably outgrown his swaddle.

The Easiest Way to Transition Baby from Swaddling

When you notice any of the three signs above, it's time to make the transition, but this is not an easy feat going from snug, warm and cocooned to suddenly open, arms-free sleep, especially if your little one has a startle reflex where they jolt themselves awake.

There are many swaddle transition tips out there like start transitioning during nap time and gradually work to night time sleep, or take one arm out of the swaddle and gradually get baby used to arms-free sleep one extremity at a time, but this takes time, and often doesn't help, speaking from experience. When babies are so accustomed to being swaddled, they just don't sleep without it! This happened with our little girl and we tried every transition tip and trick along with arms-free sleep bags, but nothing worked. Exhausted and determined after two sleepless weeks, I created the first Zipadee-Zip. It worked right away! Our baby slept 12 hours that first night without waking up and continued to do so.

Also read: How Zipadee-Zip Works


Written by Stephanie Parker from, inventors of the Zipadee-Zip

The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: "Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time," and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family's reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker's daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte's startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

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