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Are there special blankets used to swaddle babies?

Are there special blankets used to swaddle babies?

Yes: There are some swaddle blankets you can buy at stores with baby equipment, but these are not necessary in order to swaddle your baby effectively. You can also use a large square blanket. ...Read more

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When should babies stop being swaddled? My 2m baby startles too much and wakes up but the swaddle allows her to sleep through the night.

When should babies stop being swaddled? My 2m baby startles too much and wakes up but the swaddle allows her to sleep through the night.

Swaddling: When the baby can independently undo and release the swaddling. At this point, the blanket they are wrapped in becomes a hazard. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Impetigo? If and infant 4 months of age gets hot quickly and is sweating can impetigo come on faster. He was swaddled had a bib on and long sleeves.

Impetigo? If and infant 4 months of age gets hot quickly and is sweating can impetigo come on faster. He was swaddled had a bib on and long sleeves.

Unlikely: Sweating is a natural body function and has no direct effect on whether an infant would acquire such an infection. A baby of this age should not be swaddled to begin with, for sleep or otherwise. Babies can strangle themselves in such a set up. ...Read more

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How long should you swaddle your child?  

How long should you swaddle your child?  

Perhaps never!: Swaddling may wrap it up in a neat package and it may give the babe a sense of security and such but I am not aware and have never been taughts that one should swaddle their babe. There may be cultural and ethnic practices for this, but medically, none that I know of. If you are happy, the babe is happy and all are happy, then do it as long as one is not happy! ...Read more

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Why is it a good idea to swaddle my child?

Why is it a good idea to swaddle my child?

Comfort: Swaddling makes your baby feel nice and cozy and comfortable. It also keeps them from waking themselves up with their failing arm and leg movements (which they can't quite control yet). Swaddling imitates the warm, soft and tight environment they had in the womb, making them feel safe and secure. Swaddle for naps, bedtime and fussiness. ...Read more

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How long should I swaddle my newborn? I read the article recommended only the first one month because it needs room for baby to move.

How long should I swaddle my newborn? I read the article recommended only the first one month because it needs room for baby to move.

Transition from womb: Swaddling often helps baby settle by replicating the snug feeling they were use to in the womb & avoiding the random movements of arms & legs that sometimes scare a baby that doesn't understand what is happening. Gradually loosening the wrap allows baby to to transition to the open feeling. The sooner the better. The goal is to be in a onezie on a firm mattress on their back by no later than 1m. ...Read more

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Is it safe to put my baby to bed swaddled? Or is that a risk of SIDS?

Is it safe to put my baby to bed swaddled? Or is that a risk of SIDS?

No increased risk: Bundling babies should not increase the risk of SIDS providing they are put on their back to sleep, their nose and mouth are not covered, and wrap is not too tight. ...Read more

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What if swaddling is very tight, and baby moves and wiggles a lot, is it possible for the baby to get brusies from where swaddle is on them?

What if swaddling is very tight, and baby moves and wiggles a lot, is it possible for the baby to get brusies from where swaddle is on them?

If so, time to stop: Swaddling is an easy way to transition a newborn from the comfortable "tight"feeling of the womb to the freedom of the crib. But it should be stopped as soon as the kid can adapt to the free felling of the extra room, no later than a month of age. Babies die every year that suffocate in blankets, and the sooner it is gone the better. ...Read more

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When do I stop needing to swaddle my child?

Very few need...: Very few need swaddling in the first place. If you are doing it to keep the child from scratching herself accidentally, they should definitely be over that need by 3 months at the latest. ...Read more

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How long should I swaddle my baby for? He is 6 weeks old.

How long should I swaddle my baby for? He is 6 weeks old.

Weeks ago: Swaddling is a reasonable temporary measure right after birth. Newborns are comforted by tight surroundings and startled by their own loose random movements. (which were not possible in the womb).As soon as baby will settle without it, get rid of the blanket. We loose about 100 babies a year to suffocation in blankets or up against bumpers or soft toys. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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Swaddle baby in swaddle with velcro. Enough leg room to stretch and loose at hips. Arms are kept in place. Baby is 2m and this helps her to sleep. Ok?

Swaddle baby in swaddle with velcro. Enough leg room to stretch and loose at hips. Arms are kept in place. Baby is 2m and this helps her to sleep. Ok?

QUIT soon!!!!!: Babies may need swaddling after birth to settle into sleep.It replicates the tight quarters of the womb & newborns can be startled by arms & legs moving freely. However, gradually loosening the wrap to the point baby is comfortable without, is needed. As soon as baby starts to move more they can twist in the wrap and suffocate. We lose > 100 babies every year in the US due to bedding accidents ...Read more

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When do babies bruises, from birth, go away? My daughter is two months and still has bruising on her back and toosh.

When do babies bruises, from birth, go away? My daughter is two months and still has bruising on her back and toosh.

Bruises on back: What you are seing most properly are birthmarks called mongolian spots, which are more common in black, oriental and brown babies. These spots whic may look like bruises usually disappear by the time the baby is 1 year old. Discuss with your pediatrician at the next visit if that's what it is. If the baby was born normal delivery with head first, there is no reason for bruising, and will not last 2 months. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a fractured rib take to heal on a 1-2 month old infant? And would there be any physical signs such as bruising on the skin?

How long does it take for a fractured rib take to heal on a 1-2 month old infant? And would there be any physical signs such as bruising on the skin?

Red flag: I must know whether this was an injury sustained during birth, and whether the diagnosis is made by a trusted radiologist. A rib fracture in an infant is deeply concerning for inflicted trauma. I would discuss this with a trusted physician / child health care team. Often we do not truly know even those closest to us. For your sake & junior's, address this. ...Read more

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I am extremely concerned about my infant baby develop small bruises on her back and stomach since she is now mobilizing in her baby walker.?

I am extremely concerned about my infant baby develop small bruises on her back and stomach since she is now mobilizing in her baby walker.?

See doctor: Bruises on the legs are common. Bruises on back and stomach are not. She should be checked by your pediatrician. Also walkers are no longer recommended because they cause injuries. ...Read more

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My infant daughter has a reddish lump that blanches on her upper thigh. I am not sure if this is a bruise or a rash? She has no fever or other symptom

My infant daughter has a reddish lump that blanches on her upper thigh. I am not sure if this is a bruise or a rash? She has no fever or other symptom

Needs eval: Reddish lump in an infant could be a vascular swelling or abormality sometimes. It can also be bruising due to trauma. If is not not painful (diffult to tell in an infant) and no fever is present, swelling is usually not an infection. Make sure her pediatrician evaluates her swelling. ...Read more

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Nickle size bruise on inner left breast since yesterday--purple, red, yellow. Been Carrying babies Not sore Afraid of IBC. Does this sound like that?

Nickle size bruise on inner left breast since yesterday--purple, red, yellow. Been Carrying babies Not sore Afraid of IBC. Does this sound like that?

Contusion: Most likely a resolving contusion. Carrying children, especially squirmy ones may cause contusions and bruising. If this persists and there are other findings see your gynecologist. ...Read more

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How do I swaddle my newborn?

How do I swaddle my newborn?

Don't...: ...Swaddle the legs together and straight, it can worsen hip dysplasia. "frog leg, knee up" is the best position for the baby's legs. Swaddling arms to keep the baby from scratching herself is probably ok for the first month or two. ...Read more

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Are traditional swaddle blankets or the new velcro wraps better?

Are traditional swaddle blankets or the new velcro wraps better?

Both ok: You want to make sure that it is secure and comfortable for you and the baby. Babies like being held close to mom. ...Read more

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Is it okay to swaddle my newborn?

Is it okay to swaddle my newborn?

Transitional stage: Swaddeling allows a newborn to regain the known comfort of the womb. This avoids the scary & new wiggling their arms & legs do if they are open (they don't understand it).Helpful as this may be early on, gradual reduction of the constraint is a necessary step. Acquisition of motor skills requires regular motor activity. By 1mo baby should be in a onzie on their back in bed. No pillows or blanket. ...Read more

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My 5-month-old loves being swaddled. She won't sleep otherwise. Is it ok to swaddle at this older age?

My 5-month-old loves being swaddled. She won't sleep otherwise. Is it ok to swaddle at this older age?

The risk is hers: 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. ...Read more

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My 4 month old still has her startle reflex and is rolling over. Is it still safe to swaddle at night?

My 4 month old still has her startle reflex and is rolling over. Is it still safe to swaddle at night?

Avoid it: Swaddeling is a reasonable thing in the newborn to replicate the feeling in the womb and allow them to settle. It should be loosened daily with the goal of no swaddeling at all by 1 month. By that time baby needs to be puut down on a firm mattress with no pillows, blankets or bumpers. We loose babies every year who suffocate in their bed material. ...Read more

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1 month old awake for 12 hours, won't sleep - warm bottle, swaddle, dark, quiet, car rides, lay on my chest, singing, rocking... I'm worried...

1 month old awake for 12 hours, won't sleep - warm bottle, swaddle, dark, quiet, car rides, lay on my chest, singing, rocking... I'm worried...

Sleep: Don't worry. If there was a problem, you baby would show other symptoms like crying, fever, vomit, rash, etc. If the only symptom is you baby is awake, there is nothing you can do. Most infants will naturally fall asleep when they are tired. Most take 2 naps in the day, and 12 to 15 hours at night, but just like adults, they can go off schedule. If 24, go check her out. ...Read more

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6 wk old extreme difficulty sleeping. Won't sleep in crib, swing, car, or swaddled. Please help it takes us hours before she finally falls asleep.

6 wk old extreme difficulty sleeping. Won't sleep in crib, swing, car, or swaddled. Please help it takes us hours before she finally falls asleep.

It can be tough: Make time approaching sleep time calm and quiet. Don't feed, overstimulate, have tickles and then expect the child to just shut down and go to sleep. Won't happen. Don't respond instantly so they learn to lull themselves to sleep. Let them figure it out without a lot of interference from you. Google My newborn won't sleep. Lots of really good info from multiple sources like Parents. Com. ...Read more

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My son's (12 wk) angelcare monitor alarm went off this morning, meaning it didn't detect movement for 20 secs. No swaddle. It's at max sensitivity. I touched him & he moved right away. What should I do?

My son's (12 wk) angelcare monitor alarm went off this morning, meaning it didn't detect movement for 20 secs. No swaddle. It's at max sensitivity. I touched him & he moved right away. What should I do?

Check monitor: All monitors, even the most sensitive, record false positive events. Your monitor likely will tell you when it downloads at months end, which events are real. Until then, you're stuck with whatever the monitor 'thinks' is going in ...Read more

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3 mo. Old swaddled wakes several times after 6-7hrs @night for pacifier. Goes12hrs btwn feedings so she's not hungry. Suggestions please?

3 mo. Old swaddled wakes several times after 6-7hrs @night for pacifier. Goes12hrs btwn feedings so she's not hungry. Suggestions please?

Quit swaddling: Swaddling is a good temporary action that helps baby transition between a tight uterus and freedom of movement. It should be loosened gradually and removed as soon as baby will sleep without it. Babies die every year by suffocating in bedding. A growing 3 mo should not go 12 hrs between feedings. ...Read more

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3 mo. Old swaddled wakes several times after 6-7hrs @night for pacifier. Goes12hrs btwn feedings so she's not hungry. Suggestions please?

3 mo. Old swaddled wakes several times after 6-7hrs @night for pacifier. Goes12hrs btwn feedings so she's not hungry. Suggestions please?

May be dependent: Pl see the attached link for deciphering between the pros and cons for using pacifier to fit your needs. There is really no clear guidelines to fit in every case. Generally speaking, pacifiers provide soothing effects to babies who become dependent on them over time. ...Read more

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