The Don’ts of Swaddling Newborns
Swaddling newborn babies is an age-old tradition that has many benefits including a better night’s sleep. But there can also be some risks if the proper technique of safe swaddling isn’t followed. Make sure to avoid these mistakes when swaddling baby to ensure a safe and comfortable sleep.
The Don’ts of Swaddling
Don't wrap too tightly. When babies are swaddled too tightly they are at risk for overheating, decreased circulation, or over-extension of their hips and knees which contributes to Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH), a dislocation of the hips that can result in reduced mobility, arthritis, and differing leg lengths as a child grows.
Don’t overdress babies. This can lead to overheating which is a risk factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Don't cover a baby's head or face. This can lead to overheating or accidental suffocation.
Don’t place babies on their stomachs or sides to sleep at naptime or night time. A swaddled baby has restricted mobility, and must not be placed on their stomach or side for sleep. Placing babies on their backs to sleep every time significantly reduces the risk of Sudden infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
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