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A 21-year-old female asked about a male:

Do you recommend swaddling infants?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
It depends on...: Some infants enjoy swaddling and others don't, so obviously do this only if your infant likes it. Even in this case, don't swaddle to tightly and it is unwise after 2-3 months. See http://www.Parenting.Com/article/ask-dr-sears-alternatives-to-baby-swaddling and http://www.Babycenter.Com/408_when-should-i-stop-swaddling-my-baby_1368535.Bc.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Briefly: Infants often settle better into sleep if they are swaddled because it returns them to the sameness of the womb. The random movement of arms and legs can be distracting to them. Yet it is important to gradually loosen the swaddling and get them into proper bed attire by a month of age. Babies can suffocate in their blankets. Sleeping in a onezie with no blanket, pillow or bumpers is recommended.
Last updated Jun 7, 2013

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