how do I wean my baby from swaddling?
The chapter that discusses weaning from the swaddle is Chapter 15; titled “The Magical 6th “S” : Sweet Dreams!” which covers sleep patterns, weaning from the 5 S’s (swaddle), etc.
Your baby may not be ready to be weaned from the swaddle just yet. Many babies need swaddling up to 8, 9 or 10 months of age (but rarely longer). A great tool to be used when weaning from the swaddle & for sleep in general is our Super-Soothing Sleep Sounds CD of white noise. Babies find it much easier to wean from the swaddle when there is sound in the room. Make sure you are playing the CD of white noise continuously throughout the night at the sound level of a soft shower. Dr. Karp recommends using the CD for the first 12 months & many parents find it beneficial to use for years to come! It not only helps with weaning from the swaddle but also will help prevent night waking from teething, slight hunger, loud noises, etc.
When you begin to wean your daughter from swaddling, begin by leaving one arm out. If she is waking often, she still needs the full swaddle. Every few weeks try the one arm swaddle again and see how she fares. Eventually she will sleep just as well with the one arm out of the swaddle (continue to play white noise throughout this process) and once she is sleeping soundly with one arm out, you can try & stop the swaddling altogether.