0 - 12 Weeks

What the experts want you to know about swaddling

Baby laying down wrapped in an organic cotton swaddle by Lovevery

Swaddling can keep your baby from getting overstimulated by their own jerky limbs—known as the startle reflex—but if your baby is content without swaddling, you don’t have to do it. There is nothing that says babies have to be swaddled.

If you decide to swaddle, here are some expert tips to keep it safe and healthy for your baby’s development:

  • Swaddling should only be used for sleeping or to calm a fussy baby; babies also need plenty of time on the floor to move all of their limbs freely
  • Focus the snug portion of the swaddle on your baby’s arms (their legs and hips need room to move)
  • Some babies like to be swaddled in a way that lets them access their hands
  • Use lightweight fabrics like organic cotton muslin, so your baby doesn’t get too warm
  • Make sure the top of the blanket is away from their face
  • Make sure your baby’s chest can expand when breathing; this might sound obvious, but it’s important to make sure the swaddle isn’t too snug
  • The Australian Paediatric Society says to stop swaddling as soon as your baby shows signs of rolling, which can happen as early as 2 to 3 months.
Baby laying down wrapped in an organic cotton swaddle by Lovevery

Note: Be sure to put your baby on their back and on a flat surface for sleeping (instead of in a swing or baby seat). It is so important for development.


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