How to transition baby out of swaddle (plus an Aden + Anais giveaway)!

I will never forget the day I went to check in on Alexander only to find him struggling with the blanket over his head. I immediately pulled it off and fortunately he was fine. This happened  right around the time when he had just started rolling and wriggling a lot, so loose blankets and swaddles had become a real safety issue. It was clearly time to lose the swaddle and blanket. Lucky for me, aden + anais had a couple of months earlier sent me one of their bamboo sleeping bags to trial and review. That very afternoon, I pulled it out of its packaging and put it to use.
Ever since he was born, Alexander had slept tightly swaddled up, so I knew it wasn't going to be easy to make the transition into a sleeping bag. Sure enough, the first time I put him in the sleeping bag for a nap, he screamed and cried while wildly flailing his arms about. "Mama, why are my arms out! I hate it! I hate change! Put me back in the swaddle - I promise I won't break out of it this time!", he seemed to say.

But I persisted and let him cry it out for about 15 minutes before he finally soothed himself and went to sleep. Then I tried the sleeping bag again for another couple of sleeps until he no longer protested. Transition complete!

These days, the sleeping bag has even become a sleeping cue for Alexander. As soon as I put him in it, he'll suck his little thumb and start to put himself to sleep. Thanks to the sleeping bag, I no longer need to put a blanket over him, thus eliminating any chance of a repeat of that scary experience. I love that it is made of a silky soft fabric that is perfect for this hot summer heat, making bedtime more comfortable for my baby. Look how happy he is after a good night's sleep!
Today, we're giving away one aden + anais bamboo sleeping bag to help make one lucky bub's transition out of a swaddle that much sweeter. For your chance to win, you must 'like' the aden + anais Facebook page and leave as a comment below what sleeping bag print and size (see options here) you would like to win.

Each person is allowed up to 6 extra entries, simply by:
1. Liking my Facebook page 
2. Sharing my Facebook page or this post with your friends 
3. Following me with Google Friend Connect 
4. Following me on BlogLovin 
5. Following me on Instagram 
6. Regram this giveaway on Instagram

Giveaway ends Friday 28th February, 5pm EST and is open to Australian residents only. Good luck!

Update: And the winner is...Mya Lieu! Congratulations, and please email me to claim your prize. Thank you everyone for participating.

61 Responses to How to transition baby out of swaddle (plus an Aden + Anais giveaway)!

Sabrina T said...

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Indie by heart said...

Aww this would have been perfect gift for my coysin's baby! :) Perhaps I'm going to find something similar around here too. ^^

xx Satu

Katy said...

I love these sleeping bags! How clever! Sounds like they'd be perfect for transitioning my little girl out of her swaddle.

I like them on FB as Katy M and would choose their tranquility - leafy bamboo sleeping bag in small.

Thanks!

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Katy said...

I like you on FB as Katy M.

Thanks!

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Katy said...

I follow you on IG as @katygmorris.

Thanks!

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Katy said...

I follow you on Bloglovin as katygmorris.

Thanks!

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Jessica said...

Your little on is just so adorable.

Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

Danielle Porter said...

I liked them on FB and I like the tranquility - leafy bamboo sleeping bags :-)

Danielle Porter said...

I liked you on FB. :-)

Danielle Porter said...

I followed you on GFC!

Danielle Porter said...

I followed you on Blog Lovin!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Oooo this is a great brand! Good luck ladies. (not an entry)

Julie said...

I like Aden + Anais on facebook as Jay Dee. If I win, I'd like the Azure sleeping bag in medium. Thanks :)

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Julie said...

I like you on facebook as Jay Dee.

Julie said...

I shared this post
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Julie said...

I'm following you via GFC as Julie D.

Julie said...

I'm following you on Bloglovin as Jay Dee.

Mya Lieu said...

I liked the Aden & Anais page on Facebook and following you on instagram as mlieu79. If i win I would choose Azure - bead bamboo sleeping bag in small. Thanks!

Ananka said...

What a cute picture of Alexander :-) His little toy is cute too. He's such a happy baby :-)

Mike and Val said...

Liking my Facebook page as Valerie Wee

Mike and Val said...

I would love to win this starstruck organic sleeping bag in Large. Thanks!

Mike and Val said...

I would love to have this azure - bead bamboo sleeping bags in Large. Thanks.

Klydra Pugh said...

I like Aden + Anais on FB
I would choose the Leafy Bamboo in large.

Thanks for the chance.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I've never seen a sleeping bag for babies like this before. It's so cute! I'm glad it has worked out well for you guys. Sounds like he is used to it if he's putting himself to sleep now! :)

polly said...

Liked their FB page

polly said...

I like their Azure Bead Bamboo for my little grandson

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Liked your FB page

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Pauline W said...

i love the tranquilty leafy

Danielle PB said...

Liked the sponsor on FB.
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Sarah McKelvy said...

I like Aden + Anais on Facebook. I'd choose moonlight - bead bamboo sleeping bags.
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My Garden Diaries said...

What a fantastic giveaway! I love these and have had the same experience with the blanket on the head which I might add about gave me a heart attack! Your little guy is so cute smiling in that picture!!!! A wonderful weekend to you!! Nicole xoxo

Amber Boyce said...

I'd love the Moonlight one - Medium.

Amber Boyce said...

I'd love the Moonlight one in Medium :)

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Amber Boyce said...

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Anouka said...

What a cute sleeping bag! And so sweet to see Alexander's big smile. A big hug from me to him!

rooth said...

Oh my goodness yes he looks so happy to be in the little sleeping bag

Czarina Mae said...

What a cute baby Alexander is! I love that smiling photo of him. Aww :)

Sarh Snarski said...

We would love the moonlight - bead bamboo sleeping bags

Midnight Cowgirl said...

He looks so cute, and the sleeping bag has a great print :)

Courtney said...

Moonlight in small - like them on FB

Shirley Tay said...

Hahaha! Alex is smiling so sweetly! Good luck to all!

Ashley Thompson said...

The azure bead bamboo sleeping bag looks perfect for the little guy in my life!

kk said...

Love the moonlight - bead bamboo sleeping bag! Gorgeous!

kk said...

Love the moonlight - bead bamboo sleeping bag in small!

Beauty Box said...

Glad I made it before the deadline! Have followed the aden + anais FB page, and I'm following you on FB and Instagram :) Love the products from this brand - the super soft material is always a winner from wash cloths to swaddles.

Btw, I got these love to dream sleeping sacks that has removable "wings" which can be used as a sleeping bag when Charles doesn't need his hands to be pinned down.

Angel said...

Would love to win the moonlight - bead bamboo sleeping bags in size medium.

Angel said...

Like your facebook page under Angel V Burce

Angel said...

Following on GFC under Angel Burce

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monica said...

moonlight - bead bamboo sleeping bags...in medium..thank you..
Monzajm@yahoo.com.au

Sara said...

I love sleeping bags. They worked the same way for my boys, it was their sleep cue. I now have a little girl, and would love to have the tranquility - beads in a medium.
I like your fb page, and follow with bloglovin. :)

Arni @ Travel Gourmande said...

I was told by Mom friends that it is smart to invest in one. I'm now trying to find one that fits 0-3 months.