Swaddling is an age-old practice that involves wrapping a blanket snugly around baby to limit their movement and (hopefully) lull them to sleep. The idea is that it mimics the safety and comfort of a mother’s womb.
However, just because swaddling has been practiced for eons, it doesn’t mean we’re not learning new things about it. HealthyChildren.org notes that swaddling is effective when done properly, but the key is to do it right! Here are six must-know swaddling facts for new parents…
1. Place Swaddled Babies on their Backs
HealthyChildren.org says that when you’re laying down junior for a nap, you should always put them on their backs, which is especially true if they’ve been wrapped first.
The risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) significantly increases when a swaddled baby is placed on their stomach during sleep, or if they’re at risk of rolling over during their slumber.