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Sleep aids between swaddling and nothing?

C

My 8 month old is able to turn on his side, and general advice is to stop putting him in things that restrict movement, such as the Halo sleep sacks that wrap the arms down and close to the body. He still needs the cozy, snug feeling of his Halo to fall asleep though. With his arms free he will. Not. Sleep. What can I use now that he's supposed to transition out of his Halo wrap position but not fully ready to leave it behind?

  • Ivy
    Apr 16

    Sleep sacks like Swaddle Me Pod, Halos, or Love to Dream Swaddle Up

  • Meg
    Apr 16

    My LO is 9 mo and we use a halo sleep sack with optional swaddle. I Velcro is under her arms so she feels secure but is free to move. She actually crawls almost normally in it and stands where she wants so I'm not worried about her getting stuck or anything.

  • Ben
    Apr 17

    Check out the baby Merlin magic suit. Have friends who swear by it

  • Jen
    Apr 17

    Second vote for Love to Dream Swaddle Up, esp. the 50/50 version with both wings unzipped. It fits around the body snugly, similar to swaddle.

  • C
    Apr 17

    Ok, I went and bought a Merlin sleep suit to try it out. First night using it. Is there a trick to this? Baby is rolling around in it playing and babbling. It's been half an hour. Without his arms bound up to his body, he's reaching, grabbing, twisting himself this way and that... Tried the Halo sleep sacks some time ago. They were great! Now he's strong enough to turn in it, and get his arms out. I used to velcro him tighter, until it was no longer safe to go tighter. It was nice while it lasted. I tried the Love to Dream sleep sacks when he was a colicky newborn. It didn't get him to sleep back then, but now that he's 8 months old maybe it'll be different...?

  • B
    Apr 18

    He needs some time to adjust. It’s not safe to keep swaddling him that old, plus he needs to learn to sleep without it. He’s old enough that it’s a habit. Keep trying with the suit. Or just transition straight to a sleep bag.

  • Jenn
    Apr 18

    We used Zipadee Zip then Halo sleep sacks (still using at 21 months to prevent crib escape). I'm a little concerned you're still swaddling an 8 month old though 😶

  • C
    Apr 18

    I should probably say that I meant sleep sacks; he got too big to fit in swaddles by month 4, but I've come to refer to anything that binds him in some way for sleep to mean swaddling, like Halo sleep sacks, etc. Sorry for the confusion. I'll edit the original post to reflect this. But yes, I thought that once they can turn in their sleep, babies are supposed to sleep without any sort of bindings...?

  • Jackie
    Apr 18

    Sleep sacks are fine. All it really is is a wearable blanket. Gives them extra warmth since nothing is supposed to be in the crib for first 12 months. Our sleep sacks aren’t “binding”.