When Should I Stop Swaddling?

I've been wrapping baby up like a burrito since we were in the hospital. Is there an age when I should stop?
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ByConner Herman and Kira Ryan
Dream Team Baby Sleep Consultants
Updated
May 2017

Parents should stop swaddling their babies by three or four months. At this time, most full-term infants are acclimated to life outside of the womb and no longer crave the constriction of a swaddle.

It’s also extremely important to give babies over four months old the freedom to move at night. When you stop swaddling baby, you’ll be astonished to see how much he travels around his crib during the night. They scooch and flop from one end to the other, several times a night. All that nighttime movement is important exercise. It helps baby enhance his gross motor development, which is crucial for upcoming milestones like  crawling, standing and  walking. A swaddled baby doesn’t have a chance to refine these skills at night.

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