Is it dangerous to continue to swaddle a baby after they are able to roll over?
Many babies still need swaddling at six months and some may need it up to 7, 8 even 9 months of age. Although we do not want your granddaughter to be sleeping on the stomach swaddled because that might increase her risk for SIDS; however Dr. Karp strongly recommends using our CD of white noise all night long as the sounds will help her sleep better and she will not wake as often. By using the CD of white noise throughout the night it will help her wean from the swaddle even faster and even have her sleeping better so she fights the swaddle (arching her back and working her arms up and cries while being wrapped). Once sleeping calmly with the white noise, she will be less likely to roll over. Many parents/grandparents find it beneficial to use the CD of white noise for at least 12 months of age!
Swaddling was always done for Native Americans, usually well past 6 months of age with no problems to the joints of muscles — as long as the wrapping is done correctly as Dr. Karp demonstrates on the DVD. The swaddle should allow the hips to flex and grow normally, but still keep her snug enough she doesn’t break from the swaddle to wake herself in the middle of the night.