Is it ok to swaddle a baby and restrict their movements

Is it ok to swaddle a baby and restrict their movements

Many parents swaddle their babies, but is it safe? 

Is it ok to swaddle a baby and restrict their movements

I’ve been swaddling my newborn, who seems to enjoy it, but my mother says it’s not a good idea to restrict a baby’s movements. Is she right?

Many parents swaddle their young babies and it’s something that’s been done for centuries. However, it is important that it is done safely. Follow these points and always be guided by your baby’s reaction – some like being swaddled and others don’t!

  • Only swaddle a baby on their back, never on their side or tummy (this is associated with a higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome).
  • Don’t let your baby become too hot.
  • Don’t cover their head.
  • Swaddling is only intended for young babies – usually when they’re under two to three months. Once they start to wriggle and roll around you should stop swaddling them.
  • Don’t swaddle your baby’s hips too tightly – they should be able to bend their knees and hips into their natural ‘frog’ position.
  • Only use a lightweight sheet or blanket for swaddling.

You’ll find lots more advice on safe swaddling, as well as a helpful video on how to do it, at mothercare.com

 Elizabeth Day

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