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    Default Swaddling and gro-bags

    I'm due in August with my first bub, a complete beginner in all this parenting stuff and am struggling to find useful info online. I like the idea of using gro-bags for sleeping to avoid having to use sheets and blankets, but am unsure how they work while bub is still swaddled? Do you just swaddle (no blankets) until they lose the startle reflex and then move to gro-bags? Or do you swaddle them under a gro-bag? Or do you have to use blankets over a swaddled baby? Help me to understand!

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    DS, born is September was swaddled until 5 months old. I used a cotton blanket to swaddle and added extra layers of clothes/blankets depending on the temperature. In summer we used a large muslin to swaddle. If you don't want to use blankets you could try a wrap me up or ergo cocoon. I did try without swaddling at 3 weeks but he didn't sleep well, so we went back to the swaddle. At 5 months once he had good control of his arms and we switched to a grobag, and he got used to it within a few days. The grobag website has really good info on sizes, togs, what to dress bubs in etc etc.

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    I used to swaddle DS and just put a sheet over the top if needed, I then went and got the ergo cocoons they are fantastic they have arm holes with buttons so you can wean the swaddling with ease, as a first time mum they gave me the confidence I needed as DS was swaddled way too long he began his day sleep weaning at 10mths and night time at 12mths which is way too late
    I'll be using the ergo again with the next bubs when I get pg and I'm hoping to transition a lot earlier

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    I swear by the woombie as a swaddling wrap. Unfortunately DD2 has grown out of the newborn ones and so we've moved onto the ergococoon as they have arm poppers. IMO not as good as woombie. It is truly a fantastic product and worth every penny plus more. You can buy a convertible woombie which allows arms to be taken out when bub is ready. If you're interested google woombieaustralia.

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    Straight to grobags for my 2. DD1 was in a pavlik harness from 6 days old for 2 months so swaddling wasn't allowed or possible. We didn't bother with DD2 (nov baby) & she wasn't bothered by not having it. We haven't ruled it out as a technique, if the next bub wants it then we'll give it a go.

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    My dd went straight into Woombies from birth and they've been great. Better than swaddling with blankets/sheets/etc which is what I did with my ds til he was 9 months old which is when he moved to sleeping bags like grobags (there are cheaper ones out there than grobags by the way).

    My dd is 6 months old and is still in her Woombies (grew out of the newborn size ages ago, now in the 2nd size, about to move to the 3rd). She's in the convertible Woombie (has arm holes that you can open or close), but still needs to have the arm holes closed or she doesn't sleep. I have no issue with her still being in a Woombie for sleep - it works SO well, so why change?

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    DD loved swaddling and we moved her over to grobags at about 6months. She stayed in them until she was about 3! She always loved feeling cocooned rather than blankets.

    DS hated being swaddled so he used grobags instead from about 2months old.

    Keep an open mind and see what your bub prefers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    No swaddling just grobags for my two. Swaddling isn't neccessary and often causes more grief than anything as once you swaddle you have to wean them out of swaddling. Both of mine adjusted naturally to the reflex and it went without much issue or notice. If you really want to swaddle and grobag you could look into an ergo cocoon. They have the option to have arms in or out in a stretchy bag
    --- not always true. Some babies sleep heaps easier swaddled. My bub went cold turkey off the swaddles just after 3 months and did great, no problems.

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    Halo sleepsack with swaddle are a great interim tool. The swaddle is attached to the sleeping bag, but can be removed once bub no longer needs to be swaddled. I used these up to 3 months then moved onto
    Grobags once bub didn't need to be swaddled.

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    With each of mine, I wrapped until bub was about 4 months old and started pushing out of the wraps. I find stretchy wraps (nade of tshirt type material) much more effective than muslin wraps as they had no stretch. Then, moved to grobag with no bedding. Summer weight for summer, a slightly heavier weight one for winter. My 5 and my 4 year old year old still use their grobags as comforters although they outgrew them years ago.


 

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