A good swaddle can help soothe your baby and get
them—and you!—better sleep.
If you’ve never had a newborn, the thought of wrapping your baby up so tightly that they can’t move their arms might sound like a crazy idea.
But many parents will tell you that many newborns are comforted by swaddles—they tend to cry less and sleep more when they’re snuggly wrapped.
What is Swaddling?
If you’re new to the notion of swaddling, the concept is quite simple. It’s a way of wrapping a blanket around your baby tight enough so they can’t wriggle out.
Swaddling is great for a few reasons:
- It prevents the newborn startle reflex from waking them by keeping baby’s arms tight to their sides.
- Newborns feel comforted and calm in the tight, womb-like wrap.
- It keeps your baby warm while they sleep without any loose blankets, which can be a suffocation hazard.
Should All Babies Be Swaddled?
Generally, swaddling is safe for all newborns. But if your baby has hip dysplasia or other hip issues, swaddling may aggravate that. Be sure to check with your pediatrician if that’s the case for you.
Also, because all babies are different, some just don’t like being swaddled. Or, they may be fine with having their torso swaddled, but want their arms free.
How Long Do You Swaddle?
Newborns are usually swaddled until about 3 or 4 months or as soon as they are able to roll over.
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