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Just thought I'd post this question here for any suggestions. My LO is 5 months and we want to wean her from the swaddle, but she keeps hitting herself in the face with her arms, any suggestions on how to make the swaddle transition.
We've been trying just leaving one arm free, but she still hits herself, DH is afraid she is going to really hurt herself pulling her arms free from it.
I've not personally tackled swaddling weaning, but I have seen many threads about it on various boards here. Consensus seems to be that it is started by keeping a hand free, working up to an arm free, then that arm plus opposite hand... then arm, and further and further down the waist.
I can't imagine your LO would hurt herself so badly... she may get a fright by this hand suddenly hitting her face, but she would quickly adapt and learn to control her movements. Why not try it during daytime napping first - that is, if you swaddle during napping?
Well, I guess I did in a sort of way, but it was uneventful.
We started swaddling Kirsty when she was about 2 weeks old... DH realised her hands hitting her face was what was waking her up through the night.
We stopped swaddling immediately when I went in to get her up one morning and she had wriggled half way up the cot through the night, out of the swaddling and was cold, bless her!! I think she was about 2 or 3 months old. At that point we swapped the swaddling blanket for a sleeping bag (grobag?).
Have you thought about trying a growbag? I guess it may feel similar to swaddling just more loose? Kirsty wasn't dependant on her swaddling so it was an easy transition for me!
Keep posting and let us know how it goes... I bet there are lots of mums who will find this useful and hopefully may post to add their experiences!!