Swaddling Your Baby

The nurses at the hospital may have shown you how to swaddle your baby for sleep, gently wrapping his arms, legs and torso in a lightweight baby blanket.

Moms and nannies have swaddled babies for centuries, and research shows that, when swaddled, infants may sleep more deeply, startle less and be more likely to return to sleep on their own when they wake.

Swaddled babies also sleep better on their backs than babies who are not swaddled, reducing the risk of SIDS.

Putting a swaddled baby facedown increases the risk of SIDS, however. Never put a swaddled baby face down, and do not swaddle a baby that can roll from back to front.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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