Safe Sleeping/ How to Swaddle

Swaddling your baby is a gentle and beneficial practice that can help calm and soothe them, preparing them for sleep. It provides a sense of security and has been shown to reduce crying time and episodes of waking. However, it's important to be aware of safety issues and concerns when swaddling your baby.

To ensure the safest swaddling practice, it's recommended to follow these guidelines:

  1. Choose the right materials: Opt for lightweight swaddles made of cotton + bamboo. Avoid using bunny rugs or blankets as they may cause overheating.
  2. Position your baby correctly: Place your baby on their back in the cot or bassinet with their feet at the bottom. Make sure the wrap covers the baby from below the neck, leaving the face uncovered.
  3. Wrap firmly but not too tight: The wrap should be snug enough to prevent loose wrapping from becoming loose bedding, but it should not restrict movement or be too tight around the hips and chest.
  4. Dress appropriately for the weather.
  5. Create a safe sleeping environment: Ensure the cot, mattress, and bedding are safe, free of doonas, pillows, cot bumpers, lambs' wool, or soft toys.

It's important to monitor your baby for signs of developmental changes. As soon as your baby shows signs of beginning to roll or when the 'startle' reflex disappears (whichever comes first), it's time to stop swaddling for sleep periods. This helps ensure your baby can move freely and maintain a safe sleep position.

While swaddling offers numerous benefits, it's crucial to be aware of potential safety issues. Always check your baby regularly for any signs of discomfort, overheating, or restricted movement.

Remember, the information provided is based on recommendations from trusted sources, including Red Nose. If you have specific concerns or questions about swaddling your baby, our dedicated team is here to assist you in providing guidance and support.

To read more on how to keep your precious little one safe by following the guidelines on swaddling & wrapping babies at Rednose HERE.