After you’ve had your baby and in the hospital , the nurses are likely to show you how to swaddle and wrap your baby.
Because babies love it it resembles the way that they felt in the womb and it’s actually a good way to help to calm and soothe the baby.
And so if you start out swaddling them frequently they’re likely to sleep better like that but a lot of parents want to know when should I stop swaddling .
There are some things to know about when it comes to swaddling
If you swaddle a baby much past the point that they can naturally roll on their own.
Then it does increase the risk for sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS.
For this reason the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that parents stop swaddling their babies long before they’re able to spontaneously roll from their back to their stomach or from their stomach to their back.
Once the baby starts rolling around there’s a chance that the bait the blankets could become loose cover the baby’s face and cause SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome .
In addition because swaddling makes it so baby sleeps better they’re not aroused or awakened as easily and so
this too has been shown to increase the risk of SIDS.
But you know parents do it because it helps them sleep longer and it helps them sleep better so again in the first couple of months of life it’s not a bad thing .
But there are some other precautions that you should take in order to keep your baby as safe as possible while they sleep.
First off they should always sleep on their backs fornthe entire first year this is whether they’re swaddled or not and as a parent the best thing you can do is to put your baby back to sleep.
Put them to sleep on their backs.
And as they do start to roll around just make sure that they’re not swaddled at that point and that you’ve started them on your bond their backs.
It’s not your job to camp out over them all night and make surethey stay on their back and turn them over if they flip.
It’s important to do tummy time during the day so that they’ve strengthened their upper body muscles their chest their neck and hopefully they’re able to get out of a compromising position.
How Much Layers Needed For Swadling Your Baby?
If they were to find themselves in one it’s also important to keep all extra soft fluffy things outside of their crib for the entire first year.
This includes pillows stuffed animals bumper pads and extra blankets above and beyond the one that you’ve been using to swaddle your baby in.
No need to double swaddle your baby and actually that should be avoided for a couple of reasons because a baby that’s overheated actually has an increased risk for SIDS.
Think about how many layers you’re comfortable in even if it’s a cold night outside.
What you should do is adjust the thermostat in your house so that it’s at like 70 to 72 degrees and it’s very comfortable.
Control the environment so you don’t have to add extra layers to your baby and if you are comfortable with a few
layers on you then your baby doesn’t need much more than that.
Generally speaking a baby’s fine with like a onesie and a sleeper and a light cotton blanket that they’re swaddled in
When you’re swaddling the baby also makes sure that it’s not too tight of a swaddle or bundle, their leg should
actually be bent upwards and outwards to prevent abnormal hip development.
Because if they’re wrapped too tightly on a regular basis that this can affect hip development.
Be Smart When Choosing Product That Claim to Help Your Baby Sleep
Avoid positioners and other products on the market that claim to help your baby sleep better or to actually decrease the risk of SIDS.
Because they haven’t been proven to do and in some cases they’ve been shown to increase the risk of SIDS.
Sucking on a pacifier has been shown to decrease the risk of SIDS and introduce this once your babies will establish on breastfeeding.
This usually happens between two to four weeks of age and another important thing that you can do is breastfeed.
Breastfeeding does also reduce their risk of SIDS.
If you have any more specific questions about safe sleep practices talk with your pediatrician and they can give you
tailored information and advice.