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A 30-year-old female asked:

My baby is almost 4 months old and i still swaddle him but he unswaddled and puts his hands constantly in his mouth, does that mean not to swaddle him?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Swaddling cntroversy: Even though there is controvery abot swaddling among medical specialists as to the benefits vs risks of swaddling.It is a wise practice to transition the baby from swaddling to less restrictive clothing at about4to5 months age as the baby is learning to roll over as it is important for the baby to have use of hands and arms to adjust head position after rolling over.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Don't: Swaddling is a practice that allows the newborn to feel comfort of the confinement of the womb at a time when the random movements of their arms and legs are sometimes startling.It is my goal to have mom's loosen the wrap daily until they can remove it.As the kid gets accustomed to the new feelings, they can settle without it. They should be in a crib, with no blanket/bumper/pillow by 1 month.

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Last updated Jul 12, 2013

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