If your baby is happy without swaddling, don’t bother.
Always put your baby to sleep on his back.
Swaddling for short periods of time is likely fine, but if your baby is going to spend a significant amount of the day and night swaddled, consider using a swaddling sleep sack that lets the legs move.
Is it OK to swaddle a newborn at night?
AAP Safe Sleep Recommendations
Do not have any loose blankets in your baby’s crib. A loose blanket, including a swaddling blanket that comes unwrapped, could cover your baby’s face and increase the risk of suffocation. Swaddling can increase the chance your baby will overheat, so avoid letting your baby get too hot.
Does swaddling help baby sleep?
Swaddling can help to make your baby feel secure and less likely to be disturbed by the jerks he does in his sleep, known as his startle-reflex. This may make it difficult for him to breathe, increasing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Always put your baby down to sleep on his back.
How long do you swaddle a baby after birth?
when to stop swaddling
- Swaddling moderates the Moro reflex, which babies don’t outgrow until 4 to 6 months.
- Most babies outgrow swaddling from 3 to 6 months, but about 4 months is the average.
- If your baby starts taking their arms out of the swaddle, they’re getting ready to transition.
Does swaddling cause SIDS?
Study: Swaddling babies may increase risk of SIDS. Babies who are swaddled and placed on their stomachs or sides may have an increased risk of dying from sudden infant death syndrome, according to an analysis of four studies. The likelihood of SIDS was low for those placed on their backs.