Do babies have to be swaddled?

My baby is 2 months and she is not a fan of being swaddle. When shes sleeping her hands/arms go up in the air (the startle reflux) occur, which makes me concern for her. Any tips or advice on what to do?


Get the DVD The Happiest Baby on the block or view it on YouTube (I believe it is in three sessions.)

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When our daughter was born she didn’t like to be swaddled either. So we did not swaddle her, we just put her in regular little fleece footie PJs and eventually the startling reflex went away. I’m not exactly sure what you’re concerned about? She’ll be fine it’s normal and goes away. I also co-slept with my daughter because she was breastfeeding. Is she waking herself up when the startling reflex occurs? If your daughter’s not waking herself up like I said it’ll go away she’s just getting used to all the room outside the womb.

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I never swaddled mine. She hated it. So we let her be. She will be fine

My son is 9 months old now and he never liked swaddles so we stopped trying. When I went to to my wic appointment at maybe 4 months they told us that it is no longer recommend.

My little boy ( now 4yrs old ) sleeps with his arms stretched above his head and has done since he was born. I used to put him in a warm onesie over night. Then once he was old enough I started using grow bags.

It’s normal and means she’s healthy

None of my babies ever liked to be swaddled. My daughter hated it from day one and would actually wriggle out of even the tightest swaddles. My twins tolerated swaddling for maybe 3 weeks or so before they did the same. They just liked sleeping with their hands up by their heads so sleep sacks became our friends. As long as they’re safe and comfy I’ve never seen a problem. :slight_smile:

My son hated being swaddled after like 6 weeks. I would leave his arms out of halo swaddle blankets or just made sure he was nice & warm in his pjs & he would sleep like that. Hes now 16 months & HATES anything touching him when he sleeping…

I have 2 kids (working on growing the 3rd now) my 1st HATED swaddles. He hated anything that confined his arms or legs. He was a stubborn little fella from the moment he came out. He started rolling to his belly really early and would freak me out. My 2nd loved his swaddles and didnt start rolling to sleep on his stomach till 6ish months. Every baby is diffrent and as long as you are practicing safe sleep with them they should be fine

My LG hated swaddling and slept with her arms up and still does now at almost 1 :joy: I just bought her a baby sleeping bag x

My youngest hated being swaddled and my oldest couldn’t sleep on his back. Listen to the signals your baby gives you. They are not one size fits all

Just don’t swaddle her if she doesn’t like it. Try a sleep sack that let’s her arms be free

Sleepsacks worked wonders for my 2. Both mine still sleep with arms in the air, we call it the “touchdown”

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Do you like to be held tightly unable to move?maybe your child doesnt either

She’s 8 weeks? It’s not recommended to swaddle passed the 8 week mark due to the higher risk of SIDS.


My littlest did the same. I just stopped swaddling her n put her on her stomach cuz shed scare herself awake everytime

My eight month old hated swaddled… She loves sleeping on her side

Swaddle her with her arms out

My baby hated to be swaddled. Let the Baby sleep. He will be fine. That startle sleeping arm motion is normal.