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How and When To Transition Baby From Swaddling

July 08, 2016

baby in zipadee-zip, the swaddle transition blanket

If you’re like most parents, you used a swaddle during the first months of your baby’s new life. Not only does the swaddle help put baby to sleep (and give you a break!), it also sets your baby up for a lifetime of healthy sleep habits and strong development.

When do you stop swaddling?

Swaddling actually becomes unsafe once your child learns to roll over. If your child rolls while wearing the swaddle, he or she might end up in an unsafe position and not be able to right themselves.

Children typically begin rolling around four or five months old. Even if you think your child would prefer to sleep in the swaddle longer, you need to put it aside for safety.

You should also stop swaddling once your child is regularly bursting out of the swaddle. At this point the swaddle becomes another piece of fabric in the crib, which isn’t safe. If they refuse to stay inside, they either don’t like it or prefer to have the freedom.

How do you stop swaddling?

Even if your baby wants out of the swaddle, the transition can still be jarring. After all, that enclosed type of sleeping is all they know. They might have trouble falling asleep without it.

Some parents opt for a measured approach. They leave one arm free for a few nights, then both arms free for a few nights with a wrapped lower half. This works for some babies, but others use the new leverage to escape entirely.

Other parents do it cold turkey: it’s tough on some babies for a couple nights until they learn to relax without it. Others adjust right away. How you go about it depends on your child’s temperament.

Still, many babies don’t like the freedom one bit. The exposure makes them anxious and fussy. This usually happens when you’re forced to stop swaddling (due to rolling), but your baby doesn’t want out. Some babies are still in the face-scratching phase, which can wake them up.

I created the Zipadee-Zip to make babies feel safe and calm, even when swaddling has to stop. It’s a fantastic way to help them make the transition from swaddling. The Zipadee-Zip is a wearable blanket affords baby plenty of room to move around, roll over, play, and even walk, but still lets them feel their edges. The cozy resistance reminds them of life back in the womb. Check here to know how it works.

Plus, with an item like the Zipadee-Zip, you can offer that swaddle-like feeling when you’re out-and-about, like in an airplane, in the car, in the stroller, visiting the doctor, or just hanging out at home. It’s the best sleep sack for babies because it was specifically designed for this troubling period of your child’s life.

Also read: What to Know About the Swaddle Transition

I’d love to hear about your experiences weaning your baby from the swaddle? Was it tough? Click here to share your story.



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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