How to Swaddle Baby Safely 

Swaddling is a common parenting practice that has been around for ages and it is recommended for infants because of how it reminds them of being in mother’s womb. While swaddled, baby feels safe and comforted allowing them to self-soothe so they can fall asleep and stay asleep longer periods of time. The problem is, many new parents are unaware of how to safely swaddle baby, which can pose risks of suffocation, hip dysplasia, and overheating (a risk factor of SIDS). Here are some tips from our friends over at Woombie for how to swaddle baby safely:  
  1. Use a swaddle that makes it easy for you to swaddle baby
Swaddling baby with a traditional square blanket can be confusing and ultimately lead to improperly swaddling your baby. The nurses in the maternity ward make it look so easy to wrap your baby up in a little perfect burrito, but it’s not as easy once parents try themselves. There is a great solution to swaddling baby safely and effectively with complete confidence. One of the best baby swaddles that is easy to use, is the Woombie! Just place your baby inside and zip up!  No wrapping required, which means no risk of the swaddle blanket coming unraveled and covering baby’s face (suffocation hazard), no risk of over swaddling baby in too many layers causing overheating, and no risk of swaddling baby too tightly causing issues with baby’s hip mobility. The Woombie works so well because it mimics the feeling of touch, warmth, and cuddle, re-creating the womb environment baby felt prior to birth. This is important for calming baby and preventing flailing arms as well as the startle reflex.  
  1. Swaddle baby and then place baby on his or her back to sleep.
Placing baby on her stomach is a big no-no. It can cause baby to rebreathe his own exhaled air which can lead to SIDS. The most important thing to remember is back is best. However, if your baby does successfully roll over onto her stomach, using a breathe-through crib mattress like the SafeSleep Breathe-Through Crib Mattress by Secure Beginnings will reassure you that baby will be safe even if facing down.  Our unique and revolutionary mattress is the only completely breathe-through mattress on the market. With a bed of air layered between the mattress and the base, baby can still breathe normally through the mattress while face down as there is constant airflow.  
  1. Do not over swaddle baby.
If you are using a regular blanket, you must be careful to avoid over swaddling baby.  Never use double blankets. Using more than one blanket can make your baby overheat – another risk factor of SIDS. (Another great benefit of our SafeSleep Breathe-Through Crib Mattress is that it helps keeps your baby's body temperature stable – not too hot and not too cold.)  
  1. Don’t swaddle baby too tightly.
Again, with traditional swaddle blankets, it’s easy to swaddle baby too tightly. Swaddling too tightly can also cause baby to overheat and also leads to hip dysplasia. The Woombie swaddle sack allows baby to have a good hip range of motion to prevent against future hip issues.  
  1. Stop swaddling baby once he/she is ready.
If you find your baby is starting to roll over, this means it’s time to stop swaddling. There are different ways to transition your baby out of the swaddle, such as using an arms-free swaddle like the Convertible Woombie.  The Secure Beginnings Breathe-Through Crib Mattress gives parents the comfort of knowing that if your swaddled baby does roll over, they can still breathe normally through the mattress.  Infants who roll for the first time who are swaddled have a 40% increased risk of SIDS when on fiberfill surfaces. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/early/2016/05/05/peds.2015-3275.full.pdf   Source: Woombie Be sure to consult with your pediatrician or certified child sleep consultant if you have any questions about your baby’s sleep habits or to double check that you are safely swaddling your baby. Reach out to the Baby Swaddle Guru/Inventor of the Woombie Swaddle, Karen Barski, with any questions at http://www.woombie.com/swaddle-guru/.    

 

Written by Julie Andreae, Co-Founder of Secure Beginnings and Safe Sleep Expert

14 responses to “How to Swaddle Baby Safely 

  1. As soon as my little one was able to roll, she would sleep on her tummy. But she was not able to roll to her back again. This mattress gave me such great peace of mind. And I’m hoping to get another sleep surface since she has slept on her tummy every night since.

  2. Number 3 was an eye opener for me! I don’t think about how a baby can become too hot as well! I’m glad this article was posted, and I am wanting to get a Woombie for my newborn!

  3. The woombie looks nice. I have the halo sleepsack, but one time, my baby wiggled his arms up and the flaps worked their way over his face (it was the cotton version, that one isn’t great at staying snug).

  4. My youngest loves to be swaddle but we have decreased doing so recently because she starting to flip over. Winning would be a great peace of mind!

  5. We used a swaddle only until she was about 1 month old, then the sleep sack after that.

  6. We can’t wait to use our Secure Beginnings mattress in December. Not only are the colors more beautiful in person(we picked the green and the blue surface) but the quality and design of the mattress totally put my mind at ease about baby rolling over while I try to sleep. Once I saw the regular crib mattress I just knew we had to save up to get the mini for the pack and play. Lol you guys need to make these longer in adult sizes they look so comfortable and cool to sleep on!! TMI recently our cat had an accident on our bed. My husband and I both really wished we were rather simply unsnapping two bars and throwing the surface in the washing machine. I’m a huge fan on swaddles to help comfort baby from startling without any choking hazards. I had heard of Woombie but haven’t yet noticed that convertible swaddle…need to pop over to their site to take a look. Thanks for sharing! PS I can never say this enough but thanks for all your hard work in taking out some of the fears and stress that some first time moms feel.

  7. I am so glad that yall have a post to make parents aware of swaddling!! It’s post like these that go a long way in helping new parents on their journey of parenthood!!

  8. Love to swaddle, bitmworried the blanket might rise up. Good advice, and referring a swaddle blanket.

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