Are Transition Swaddles Worth It?

Reasons Why Transition Swaddles Are Worth the Investment:

If your baby is constantly breaking out of the swaddle, but isn’t rolling over yet, it may be time for a transition swaddle. Transitioning out of a traditional swaddle calls for a transitional swaddle. While you can try the cold turkey approach, it may result in lots of lost sleep for you and your baby. In addition, it may put extra stress on your baby that’s just not necessary. Transition swaddles offer soothing comfort without restricting the arms, thus transitioning your baby from a traditional swaddle to a blanket or sleep sack eventually. So, what is the best transitional swaddle on the market? Read on to find out.

Are transition swaddles worth it?

You may wonder if it’s worth it to get a transition swaddle for a baby that is making the transition from swaddle to sleep sack. After all, it won’t be long until your baby is rolling over and no longer needs the transition swaddle. Does it make sense to make the investment?

It really depends on what it’s worth to you. If the swaddle truly calms your baby down and they are fussing through the night because they are kicking off their swaddle, a transition swaddle can be just what you need to get peace of mind.

Why do newborns have trouble sleeping through the night?

There are many reasons why a newborn may have trouble sleeping through the night. Here are some possibilities.

  • Your baby is hungry: Hunger is the most common reason babies don’t sleep through the night. Their little stomachs don’t hold a lot of food, so it won’t be long before they are hungry and crying for another feeding. If your baby wakes up in the middle of the night, it’s likely because it wants nourishment.
  • Your baby isn’t feeling well: Your baby may wake up during the night because their stomach or head hurts. Or they may be dealing with cold and allergy symptoms. Massaging your baby can relieve gas. If you suspect the pain is the result of a bigger issue, you may want to talk to a pediatrician.
  • Separation anxiety: Your baby may be crying because they wake up in the middle of the night and notice you are not around. While you will want to teach your baby to self-soothe, these techniques may not work with an infant. If your baby wakes up often during the night and begins crying because they miss you, you may want to have them sleep in the same room as you. However, you should move them to their own room when they get older. A swaddle can help keep your baby calm while providing a sense of security which can help with separation anxiety.
  • Your baby is overtired: You may think that your baby will sleep well at night if they engaged in a lot of activity and had little sleep during the day. But, if the baby is overtired, it can throw off their sleeping game. They may fall asleep quickly, but they will end up waking up often during the night.
  • Your baby doesn’t know if it’s day or night: A newborn may get their day and nighttime schedules mixed up, causing them to have trouble sleeping at night. If this is the case, you can try keeping them up a little longer during the day. You may also try taking your baby outside to let the natural light reset their internal clock. Maintain a soothing atmosphere in your baby’s nursery. A swaddle will also help relax them, so they sleep through the night.

What are the benefits of transition swaddles?

Transition swaddles offer several benefits during a sleep swaddle transition. Here are some to consider:

  • Helps your baby sleep through the night: The comfort that the sleeves provide may give your baby a sense of clam and reduce their Moro reflex making it easier for them to sleep. 
  • Aids with the transition to arms out sleep. They can also help prevent a startle reflex that can wake them in the middle of the night while still allowing their arms to move freely. This enables them to offer the perfect transition to arms-out sleep. 
  • Ideal for babies transitioning out of swaddle: Transitional swaddles are ideal for targeting that age when babies are starting to roll over but aren’t quite ready to leave the swaddle behind.

Dream Weighted Transition Swaddle

Dream Weighted Transition Swaddle

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How much sleep do babies need per night while they transition out of swaddles?

Babies typically transition out of swaddles at around 3-5 months of age, although this can vary. At this stage, babies will need about 15 hours of sleep per day. This usually consists of 10-12 hours of sleep at night as well as nap times.

Why do sleep experts and consultants recommend transition swaddles to parents?

Many sleep consultants and experts recommend that parents swaddle their children for the following reasons:

  • It helps babies sleep more soundly, so parents can sleep more soundly too
  • It makes babies less anxious
  • It eliminates the need for comfort items in the crib that can increase the risk of SIDS

Transitional swaddles allow babies to continue enjoying the benefits of swaddling, even when they are getting ready to roll over.

When should you get your baby a transition swaddle?

Babies typically start rolling over between 4 and 6 months of age. Your baby’s attempts to roll over will make them more likely to kick off a swaddle. When you notice your baby starting to roll over, switch to a transition swaddle.

Why do parents trust Dreamland Baby for transition swaddles & sleep sacks?

What truly sets Dreamland apart is that it’s made by a mom who understands the importance of safety and sleep. Dreamland Baby's patented designs are created with a safety first approach and are used by parents all over the world.

Dreamland creates gently weighted swaddles and sleep sacks feature CoverCalm® technology that evenly distributes weight over your baby’s body. The high-quality materials keep your baby safe and secure while regulating temperature. All products have adaptable features to meet and grow with your baby’s needs. Dreamland’s lineup features a Transitional Swaddle that helps your baby transition out of a regular swaddle without losing sleep. The Dreamland Transition Swaddle features innovative ¾ length gently weighted sleeves that fit snugly to help reduce the Moro (startle) reflex.

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