Reasons to Swaddle
- If your baby is having trouble sleeping because he/she is easily startled or his/her own muscle movements wake him/her up.
- If your baby seems uncomfortable for no apparent reason.
- If your baby seems distressed by the free movement of his/her arms and legs.
Tips to Remember
- Swaddling is only effective for the first few weeks after birth. After one month, swaddling,
which inhibits movement, can restrict your baby's moter development.
- Don't swaddle a baby in an especially warm room because overheating is a SIDS risk factor.
- If your baby doesn't enjoy being swaddled, it's OK. Remember to take your cues from your baby-he/she
will let you know what he/she likes best.
- Holding your baby in a sling-type carrier is another way to help your child feel safe
and secure. You can experiment with the sling to find the positions that are most comfortable for both of you.
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