Tips for Swaddling

Tips for Swaddling

Swaddling is a technique that can help calm fussy or crying babies and even help them sleep longer, which is something all parents need. There are a couple of important things to remember in order to swaddle your baby safely. Follow these important swaddling safety tips.

Always place your baby to sleep on their back.

A baby should never be placed on their stomach for sleeping, but especially not while swaddled.

Baby's crib should be bare.

Do not put any loose blankets, pillows, bumpers or stuffed animals in the bed with your baby as they can be a suffocation hazard. Baby’s crib should be bare with just a tight fitting sheet.

Avoid swaddling with a traditional blanket.

A traditional blanket can more easily come loose or undone when used for swaddling than a Swaddlette or Korbex Wearable Blanket. Loose blankets should be avoided as they can become a suffocation hazard.

When there are signs of rolling, it's time to stop swaddling.

Swaddling should be discontinued when your baby shows signs of rolling over or breaking free from the swaddle wrap. When this occurs, transition your baby into the Korbex Snoozzzette – a wearable blanket. While it varies for every baby, generally a baby should not be swaddled past 4 months.

Make sure the swaddle is securely wrapped.

To reduce the risk of the fabric accidentally covering baby’s mouth or nose, the Swaddlette wrap must be snug, appropriately sized, positioned around baby’s torso and securely fastened.

Some infants want to self-soothe by sucking on their fingers or touching their face. Positioning your baby’s arms across his chest or elbows bent with hands towards his face is helpful for allowing movement, if your baby is unsettled with the confinement of swaddling. If your baby is fighting to be free of the swaddle wrap we suggest transitioning to swaddling with arms out or switching to our Snoozzzette wearable blanket.

Always select the appropriate sized swaddle for your baby.

We recommend selecting a size based on your baby’s current weight and length. It’s important that the swaddle is not too large for your baby. It should not be purchased like clothing as something that your child will grow into. Please refer to our Sleepwear Size Chart to select the proper size for your baby.

Your baby is safest in his/her own crib or bassinet, not in your bed.  Bed-sharing can increase a child’s risk of suffocation.

Avoid overheating.

Swaddling may increase the chance your baby will overheat, so avoid letting your baby get too hot. Your baby could be too hot if you notice sweating, damp hair, flushed cheeks, heat rash, and rapid breathing. To avoid overheating, baby should be dressed in just lightweight pajamas or a bodysuit underneath the swaddle. Keep baby’s room at 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.

Do not tightly swaddle your baby's hips.

Your baby should be able to freely move and flex his/her legs.  Look for a swaddle with a generous sack design, like the Korbex Swaddlette or Snoozzzeette.

The Korbex Swaddlette® makes safe swaddling easy.

The Korbex Swaddlette℠ creates a snug, womb-like feeling to help keep baby asleep and to reduce the startle reflex. With adjustable wings and secure hook and loop closures the Swaddlette℠ provides ease of use and a snug adjustable fit.

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