Did you know that the average baby will only sleep through the night once they’re around 3 months old? Until then, you can expect plenty of nighttime feedings and diaper changes. But there are a few things you can do to help your little one (and you!) get some much-needed rest.
One way to encourage longer stretches of sleep is to start the swaddle transition. This means slowly adapting your baby’s sleep routine so that they’re not relying on being swaddled to fall asleep. Here’s how to start the swaddle transition:
How do you start the swaddle transition?
Here are some tips:
- Start with naps: If your baby is used to being swaddled for naps, start by giving them the opportunity to sleep without it during their daytime naps. This will help them get used to the sensation of not being tightly wrapped up.
- Give them some freedom: Once your baby is comfortable sleeping without a swaddle during the day, you can start giving them some more freedom at night. This might mean letting them have one arm out of the swaddle, or even both arms.
- Take it slow: Don’t try to rush the process. If your baby isn’t ready to sleep without a swaddle, that’s okay. Just go back to step one and try again in a few days or weeks.
- Be prepared for wake-ups: It’s normal for your baby to wake up more frequently when they’re first learning to sleep without a swaddle. They may also cry or fuss more than usual. This is just part of the process, so try to be patient and keep at it.
- Reward yourself (and your baby!): Once your baby is successfully sleeping without a swaddle, give yourselves a big pat on the back. You did it! Just remember to keep an eye on them for any signs of discomfort or distress. If they seem happy and content, then they’re probably just fine.
What are the benefits of sleeping without a swaddle?
There are a few benefits to sleeping without a swaddle. First, it can help your baby learn to self-soothe and fall asleep on their own. This is an important skill for all babies to learn. Second, it can help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Finally, it can give your baby the freedom to move around and explore their surroundings, which is important for their development.
What if my baby won’t sleep without a swaddle?
If your baby just isn’t ready to sleep without a swaddle, that’s okay. Just go back to step one and try again in a few days or weeks. In the meantime, you can try using a sleep sack or another type of sleepwear that doesn’t require swaddling. This way, your baby will still be snug and comfortable while they sleep.
Swaddling can be a great way to help your baby sleep through the night. But as they grow, they’ll need to learn how to sleep without it. The tips above will help you get started with the swaddle transition. Just remember to go at your own pace and be prepared for a few bumps along the way. With a little patience and perseverance, you (and your baby!) will be sleeping like babies in no time.