Quick Answer: Does Swaddling Affect Development?

Swaddling your baby too tightly may affect her mobility and development.

If her legs are held pressed together and straight down, she’s more likely to develop problems with her hips (hip dysplasia).

Is swaddling bad for development?

Swaddling in Child Care

Some child care centers may have a policy against swaddling infants in their care. This is because of the increased risks of SIDS or suffocation if the baby rolls over while swaddled, in addition to the other risks of overheating and hip dysplasia.

How many hours a day should baby be swaddled?

Most newborns are calmer if they are swaddled 12-20 hours a day, but as baby becomes older, they should spend more time out of the swaddle. A gentle supportive swaddle may continue to be used for sleep time and nap time until baby is around 3 months old.

Is it safe to swaddle a baby?

Don’t introduce swaddling when the risk of SIDS is highest, at two months to three months. If you decide to swaddle, it’s safest to do it from birth, and for every-day and night-time sleep.

What are the benefits of swaddling a baby?

the benefits of swaddling

  • swaddling mimics soothing touch.
  • swaddling moderates the Moro reflex.
  • swaddling alleviates discomfort from colic.
  • swaddling keeps your baby warm – but not too warm.
  • swaddling reduces incidents of SIDS and other accidents.
  • swaddling increases your baby’s quality of life.