Swaddling is surprisingly controversial. Many parents find that it helps their baby to settle, particularly if they have a strong moro reflex that disturbs their rest, but there is some research suggesting that swaddling might be problematic for a baby’s hip development, and could increase the risk of cot death.
If you are going to swaddle, the Lullaby Trust recommends the following:
- use thin materials
- do not swaddle above the shoulders
- never put a swaddled baby to sleep on their front
- do not swaddle too tight
- check the baby’s temperature to ensure they do not get too hot.
Views expressed here are my own, and do not represent the views of NCT.