Important Things to Know About Swaddling

Swaddling, the practice of wrapping a baby snugly in a blanket, has been used for centuries to provide comfort and security to newborns. However, as with many parenting practices, it’s important to understand the right and safe way to swaddle. Here are some things to know.

The Benefits 

Swaddling can mimic the tight, cozy environment of the womb, providing a sense of security and comfort to your baby. By preventing sudden movements (startle reflex) that can wake a baby, swaddling can help improve sleep quality and duration.


While you want the swaddle to be snug, make sure it’s not too tight. You should be able to slide your hand between the blanket and your baby’s chest. A swaddle that’s too tight can restrict breathing and increase the risk of hip dysplasia.

When to Swaddle

Swaddling is usually most effective during the first two to three months of life. This is when the startle reflex is strongest and can frequently wake babies. Once your baby starts trying to roll over, it’s time to stop swaddling. Swaddling restricts arm movement, and if a swaddled baby rolls onto their stomach, it might not be able to roll back, increasing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.