How to swaddle
- Wrapping is a useful method to help babies settle and sleep on their back. Scientific studies have shown that wrapping can have a calming, sleep-promoting effect on young babies.
- Studies have shown that wrapping can promote more-sustained sleep and reduce the frequency of spontaneous awakenings.1,2
- Some studies have shown that wrapping in infants sleeping on their back is associated with reduced Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) risk.3
References: 1. Gerard, C.M. et al. (2002) Pediatrics 110(6): e70. 2. Franco, P. et al. (2005) Pediatrics 115: 1307-1311. 3. Van Sleuwen B.E. et al. Pediatrics 120:e1097-1106.
It is important to swaddle correctly and experts advise to watch out for overheating during swaddling. That is why muslin fabric is perfect for swaddling.
- This swaddle blanket helps prevent overheating and reduces the risk of SIDS.
- Stop swaddling once baby starts to roll over (around 6 months).
- Babies should be monitored at all times.
Safe sleeping tips copied from the NHS website:
Reducing the risk of cot death (sudden infant death syndrome)
It's not known why some babies die suddenly and for no apparent reason from what's known as cot death or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Experts do know that placing a baby to sleep on their back reduces the risk and that exposing a baby to cigarette smoke or overheating a baby increases the risk.
Cot death is rare, so don’t let worrying about it stop you enjoying your baby’s first few months. Follow the advice below to reduce the risks as much as possible.
To reduce the risk of cot death:
- Place your baby on their back to sleep, in a cot in the room with you.
- Don't smoke during pregnancy or let anyone smoke in the same room as your baby.
- Don't share a bed with your baby if you've been drinking alcohol, if you take drugs or if you're a smoker.
- Never sleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair.
- Don't let your baby get too hot.
- Keep your baby’s head uncovered. Their blanket should be tucked in no higher than their shoulders.
- Place your baby in the 'feet to foot' position (with their feet at the end of the cot or pram).
The safest place for your baby to sleep is on their back in a cot in a room with you for the first six months.