Why is a baby breaking out of swaddle? There are many reasons why it can happen. Swaddling can be difficult for first timers. But, as you get used to doing it, it will take shorter for you to do it. Firstly, you must remember that a swaddle provides a womb-like environment. When a baby is still conceived by his mother, he will feel so tightly wrapped inside. The same should be applied to the swaddle. Instead of putting it loosely on him, please tighten up. In some cases, babies that don’t get swaddled tightly tend to cry because they don’t feel comfortable with that. Keep the arms snug and make sure it limits his movement. On the other hand, the blanket that covers the knees can be kept loose. This way, you can open it easily.
Don’t bend his arms
Why is this important? Swaddling him this way puts him at risk of sucking his fingers, not the mention that the hands can wiggle out. The purpose of swaddling is to provide comfort. For this reason, you shouldn’t do something that can make him highly uncomfortable. Besides, it is likely that the wrap to unravel easily. Some people suggest that it is okay to bend a baby’s arms because that’s what they appear to be when the baby was still in the womb.
But we have to remember that the womb is designed perfectly to hold him tight. It is also known that the arms are in a relax position despite them getting bent. This is not the same from swaddling. He will keep growing and his arms will get longer as well. Placing them in a bad position will do more harm than good. If he cries when you put him in a swaddle, it is a sign that he feels uncomfortable. (Also read: How to Transition Out of Swaddle)
Don’t let him suck the blanket
Another thing you must remember that babies lack awareness to distinguish breasts from another thing. If you put a blanket on his mouth, he will suck it right away. The reason why swaddling needs to be tight is because it can prevent him from sucking the blanket. It is not only dangerous, but there is point of him sucking fabric. If he needs to suck, a pacifier will be a better option. Also, pay attention to the size of the blanket. It needs to fit his body, not too small or too large. If it is too small, it won’t hold the baby tightly. If it is too large, it can make him uncomfortable. That’s about a baby breaking out of swaddle.