To help parents recognize baby safety month, Woombie has five great tips to share with us for swaddling. There are alot of safety concerns that come with swaddling these days, and here are five ways to safely, securely, and snugly swaddle your little one.
1. Keep the crib empty of pillows, blankets, bumper pads and stuffed animals. All of these items can cause suffocation and being overheated from too many blankets may be linked to SIDS.
2. Safe swaddling is a great choice for your baby as it mimics touch and helps recreate the womb. However, swaddling with too many layers can cause overheating and strong bebes can break out of blankets and toss them over their face. The Woombie is a great option as it hugs your baby, and allows for natural movement and breathing room.
3. Always put baby on his/her back. This greatly reduces the chance of overheating, which may be a risk factor involving SIDS.
4. Monitor your baby. Put a baby monitor in their nursery, or near their crib and keep another one with you so you can check on your baby as they nap and you work with the other kids or on dinner.
5. Consider safe co-sleeping. I have personally co-slept with all eight of my children and the bond that it gives can’t be found anywhere else. However, I would encourage you to consider both sides. Children left to cry themselves to sleep have been shown to have stress, and a higher chance of illness later on. Whereas babies who sleep with their mama’s fall asleep faster and better overall. There are risks of suffocation, but thanks to maternal instincts cases like this are rare. You can consider purchasing a larger bed, but as always, do what is best for your family.
What are your safe swaddling tips?