How Do I Know When To Stop Swaddling My Baby?

Updated Aug 31st 2022 | timer 4  min read

When To Stop Swaddling a Baby
Mandy Treeby

Written By Mandy Treeby Chief Baby Sleep Consultant

As sad as it may seem, at some point, your baby will outgrow their swaddle. But, how do you know when it’s time to stop swaddling your baby?


When To Stop Swaddling Your Baby?

Stop swaddling your baby all together when they can roll over from back to front, which typically happens around the 2-month mark. Why? Because if your baby can roll from back to front but can’t free their arms to push their head up and can’t roll back because they’re swaddled, they could be hurt or suffocate.

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How Long Do I Swaddle My Baby?

About two months.

Stop Swaddling If Your Baby’s Overheating:

Even if your baby’s not yet rolling over, unswaddle if you see your baby’s overheating, which can include the following:

  • Flushed cheeks
  • Damp hairline
  • Sweating
  • Heat rash
  • Rapid breathing

Why Should I Swaddle My Baby?

There are two great ways swaddling helps your baby:

1. It creates a cozy, warm environment that mimics the womb and makes your baby feel secure.

2. Your baby's arms and legs sometimes move involuntarily, which can wake them up if they’re sleeping. Swaddling keeps their little limbs in place for better rest.

Are There Risks to Swaddling?

While swaddling is typically safe, it can be dangerous if your baby sleeps too deeply while swaddling. This can increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). If you notice your baby has trouble waking up when swaddled, consult with your pediatrician.

When swaddling your baby, always leave a little wiggle room around your baby’s hips. You want them secure but not too tight to prevent potential hip problems later.

How Do I Transition from Swaddling?

If your baby’s rolling over or you’re ready to stop swaddling, a sleep sack is a great option, keeping your baby snug but with their arms free.

Note: Whether wearing PJs or a sleep sack, always dress your baby in one more layer than what you would wear to sleep.

How Do I Get My Baby to Sleep Without Swaddling?

Bedtime routines and soothing techniques are both tried-and-true ways to help your baby fall asleep faster and sleep better.

While you’re learning about how to safely and effectively transition your baby out of a swaddle, don’t forget to give the Smart Sleep Coach by Pampers™ app a try. It’s packed with science-backed tips and techniques to guide you through all of your baby’s sleep transitions, including sleep tracking tools and emotional support for you, helping to make sleep transitions a breeze.

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