How Long Do You Swaddle a Baby?

Michele Zipp

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My husband, the swaddle blanket master, was in charge of the great folds and tucks when our twins were newborns. He was even great at it at 3 in the morning, equally great at it at 6 ...

Me? I wasn't good at swaddling at all. Penelope would wiggle out almost immediately, and about five minutes after my swaddle, Hunter's little fingers would appear.

We had Miracle Blankets and I couldn't master those either.

When they got a little bigger, we got them Halo Swaddle SleepSacks, and they (and I) loved them. Though the Velcro collected many strands of my hair.

But now, at five months old (they're getting so big!), the twins are sleeping without any swaddle. Me? Not so much.

I'm so worried about them rolling over. Penelope arches her back and goes almost completely on her side.

And Hunter's hands are always so cold.

The swaddle would prevent this. But they're constantly escaping the swaddle.

A lot of what I read and heard is that your baby will let you know when she doesn't want to be swaddled anymore. The fact that my twins, especially Penelope, broke out of the swaddle told us it was time.

It's me who's trying to get used to it.

Did you swaddle your baby? How long did you swaddle them?

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