- Swaddling too tightly increases the risk of developmental dysplasia of the hip, where the ball and socket joints of the hip doesn’t develop properly.
- A baby swaddle that comes loose increases the risk of suffocation in babies.
- Babies in a swaddle, when put to sleep on their side or tummy, experience a heightened risk of SIDS.
Fact #4: You may need to stop swaddling by their second month
Even if you put a swaddled baby to sleep on their back, they might accidentally roll over to their side or tummy. As mentioned, this increases the risk of SIDS; furthermore, the risk of smothering from a loose swaddle is also there.
To avoid these dangerous scenarios, you might need to stop swaddling once the baby reaches 2 months. This is because, by that age, they may show signs of attempting to roll over.
Fact #5: Baby swaddling is not required
Finally, remember that a baby swaddle is not required. If your little bundle of joy is happy without swaddling, you don’t need to wrap them up. The most important thing is to ensure that they are safe while sleeping.
A baby swaddle helps the newborn calm down in times of distress; it might also promote better sleep. However, it also comes with risks such as SIDS and suffocation, mostly when not done correctly.
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