When should I stop swaddling my baby?

Q: When should I stop swaddling my baby before bed?

A: Different babies are comforted in different ways -- some like to be swaddled, some feel better with their arms free, some like to be rocked, and some prefer sucking. Those who enjoy swaddling usually start to outgrow it as their motor skills are developing, often by 2 to 3 months. During the transition, they may have mixed feelings -- at first they'll enjoy being swaddled, but then may struggle to use their hands or feet. If you see your baby resisting his swaddle, it's a good time to stop doing it. At first, you can try wrapping his body tightly while leaving his arms and hands free. Just make sure the blanket is snug and secure, or else it can pose a strangulation hazard.

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