When should I stop swaddling my baby?

When should I stop swaddling my baby?

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Swaddling your newborn, or wrapping her snugly in a blanket, can help her feel safe and secure in the early weeks and months after birth. But most babies quickly outgrow the need for it – usually around the time they start trying to roll over. That developmental milestone is a good guideline for determining when to stop swaddling your baby.

"By about 2 months, your baby will be moving around more in sleep, and swaddling could make her uncomfortable and contribute to night waking," says Judith Owens, a pediatrician and director of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Clinic at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.

And if your baby is uncomfortable being swaddled and starts to squirm around, she could roll over on her tummy and have trouble breathing. No one knows exactly why babies who sleep on their tummy have a higher rate of SIDS, but that's why doctors recommend that all babies sleep on their back.

Watch the video: What age should I stop swaddling my baby? (July 2022).


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