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Swaddling is an ancient technique for wrapping newborn babies in a cloth or thin blanket. Newborns are swaddled for a reason: swaddling is believed to promote comfort, warmth, and better sleep.
At Roll Up Baby, we believe that every baby deserves to be swaddled correctly. In this guide, we are going to cover:
Swaddling is recommended for babies, as it promotes deeper sleep and reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
However, it is important that swaddling be practiced correctly:
Learning how to tightly swaddle a baby may seem tricky, but, with sufficient practice and high-quality swaddle blankets from Roll Up Baby, you can be confident to master the art of swaddling quickly.
Here is how to swaddle a baby step-by-step:
To swaddle a premature baby, you can follow the steps described above. The only difference is that preemie babies should be swaddled with their arms on their chest, not by their sides.
In addition, preemies are overstimulated easily, so it is a good idea to swaddle them for most of the day, and not just for sleeping. Once the infant reaches their due day, you can reduce the frequency of swaddling.
How Long Should You Swaddle a Baby
According to the AAP, parents should stop swaddling their babies at around 3 or 4 months, as soon as they start trying to roll over. This is because swaddling limits movement, which could hinder the development of important motor functions.
Once your baby outgrows the swaddle blanket, you can keep them warm and comfortable with a sleeping sack.
When choosing the right swaddle for your baby, pay attention to the material it is made of.
At Roll Up Baby, we always recommend going for muslin swaddle blankets, as muslins present one of the simplest, purest, and most gentle fabrics you can find. The lightweight and open weave muslin fabric ensures great airflow and reduces the chances of the baby overheating.
The breathability of muslin blankets keeps your baby safe and comfortable and gives you complete peace of mind. Moreover, muslin fabrics are incredibly durable and get softer after every wash.
Browse through the selection of muslin swaddle blankets from Roll Up Baby.