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Infant Swaddling Safety

Infant Swaddling Safety

When done correctly, the age-old technique of swaddling an infant in a blanket can be soothing and promote sleep. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics states there are some risks to swaddling and the practice should be discontinued by 2 months of age when babies can roll over by themselves. Keep baby safe when swaddled with the following guidelines:

  • Always place baby to sleep on his or her back
  • Keep baby away from second-hand smoke
  • Make sure baby is not overheated when swaddled
  • Monitor baby to make sure he or she doesn’t roll over
  • Keep toys, pillows and loose blankets out of crib
  • Consider using a pacifier for sleep

And, make sure your baby’s legs are not pressed straight or are too tightly wrapped as this can lead to problems with the hips. Baby’s legs should be in a frog-like position and able to bend up and out at the hips.