Safe Swaddling
Posted in: How To, Baby & Kids

As we all know, carefully wrapping your baby is critical to keeping them safe and comfortable whilst sleeping. We spoke to Red Nose to learn the safest ways for swaddling your baby.

Wrapping can be a useful method to assist your baby to settle and stay asleep as it reduces crying time and episodes of waking. It has also been shown to provide stability, which may help to keep babies in the recommended position sleeping on their backs.

Red Nose provides the following advice on how to wrap your baby safely.

 

Tips for wrapping your baby safely:

1. From birth, always sleep your baby on their back, not on their tummy or side. Tummy sleeping increases the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Wrapping a baby and placing them in the tummy position is even more dangerous as it prevents your baby from moving to a position of safety.

2. Ensure your baby is positioned on their back with their feet at the bottom of the cot, and that he or she is wrapped from below the neck to avoid covering their face.

3. Always sleep your baby with their face uncovered. Ensure there are no quilts, pillows, cot bumpers, lambswool or soft toys in their sleeping environment.

4. Recommended fabrics for wrapping include lightweight wraps such as cotton or muslin (bunny rugs and blankets are not safe alternatives as they may cause overheating).

5. For wrapping to be effective, the wrap needs to be firm but not too tight. Techniques that use tight wrapping with legs straight and together increase the risk of abnormal hip development, while loose wraps are also hazardous as they can cover baby’s head and face.

6. Ensure your baby is not overdressed under the wrap. A nappy and singlet is suitable under the wrap in warmer weather and a lightweight grow suit works best for cooler temperatures.

7.  Do not wrap higher than the shoulders so your baby’s face and head do not become covered. Loose wraps are hazardous as they can be pulled up and cover baby’s head and face.

8. Check on your baby to ensure that they are not too hot

 

    

 

Avoid wrapping your baby in these situations:

1. Before wrapping your baby, consider your baby’s stage of development. Leave their arms free once the startle reflex disappears at around 3 months old.

2. Most babies eventually resist being wrapped. It is essential to discontinue wrapping as soon as your baby starts showing signs that they can begin to roll, usually between 4-6 months of age, but sometimes even younger.

3. Babies must not be wrapped if they are sharing a sleep surface with another person.

4. Your baby should not be wrapped while they are sleeping in a baby sleeping bag.

 

For more information and a guide to safely wrapping your baby, take a look at the Red Nose Safe Wrapping guide.

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