Should I swaddle?
Is it safe to swaddle my baby?
When should we stop swaddling?
Recently, a new study came out about swaddling and SIDS. It affirmed that infants should be placed on their backs to sleep, that there is an increased risk of SIDS associated with swaddled babies being placed on their tummies or their sides, and that risk of harm increases the older the baby gets. This makes sense, however a widely noticed article from the New York Times led many to believe that the study concluded swaddling increases risk of SIDS, period.
Swaddling has long been used to calm crying babies, and ensure less disrupted sleep for infants and their parents. It makes sense that babies after spending nine months nestled in the womb enjoy the soft, warm comfort of being wrapped up in a swaddle blanket. Studies have actually shown that swaddling can reduce crying in infants under eight weeks old by 42%. This is significant!
- Babies be placed on their backs to sleep on a firm, flat surface
- Babies should sleep in a crib or bassinet in the parents’ room, but should not sleep in the parents’ bed
- Loose objects and soft bedding such as wedges, bumpers, toys, pillows, and loose blankets should be kept out of the sleep environment
- Nothing cover the baby’s face
- Keeping area around the hips looser so baby has freedom to bend the hips
- Pacifier use during naps and bedtime
- Avoiding overheating
- Babies should no longer be swaddled once they are capable of rolling over
- Babies should sleep in a smoke-free area