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Can swaddling help babies sleep?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
There perhaps is something about recreating that intrauterine environment which some infants find most comforting--swaddling.
Neatly tucking a baby into a pea pod shaped bundle can provide security and warmth unlike anything else. So, once all snuggled in, sleep can not help but to come much more easily. Try it, you will like it...And so will baby!

In brief: Yes
There perhaps is something about recreating that intrauterine environment which some infants find most comforting--swaddling.
Neatly tucking a baby into a pea pod shaped bundle can provide security and warmth unlike anything else. So, once all snuggled in, sleep can not help but to come much more easily. Try it, you will like it...And so will baby!
Dr. Colton Bradshaw
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Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Swaddling, or snugly wrapping your baby in a blanket, helps keep your baby warm and secure just like when he/she was inside the womb.
Babies get to sleep and stay asleep and the wrap can help prevent your baby from throwing his/her arms up and being startled. Because it can be confining, do not use it if your baby is older than 1 month old.

In brief: Yes
Swaddling, or snugly wrapping your baby in a blanket, helps keep your baby warm and secure just like when he/she was inside the womb.
Babies get to sleep and stay asleep and the wrap can help prevent your baby from throwing his/her arms up and being startled. Because it can be confining, do not use it if your baby is older than 1 month old.
Dr. Julia Sundel
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: As soon as workable
Swaddling helps babies who are spooked by the shaky random movements of their limbs.
Wrapping gives them the comfort of the womb but needs to be loosened over time as baby adapts to the new freedom.By a month, you want to have baby in a onzie, on a firm mattress, in the crib with no blanket, pillow or other material. Excess bedding can entangle baby & lead to suffocation.

In brief: As soon as workable
Swaddling helps babies who are spooked by the shaky random movements of their limbs.
Wrapping gives them the comfort of the womb but needs to be loosened over time as baby adapts to the new freedom.By a month, you want to have baby in a onzie, on a firm mattress, in the crib with no blanket, pillow or other material. Excess bedding can entangle baby & lead to suffocation.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Swaddling
Yes, especially in first month of life.

In brief: Swaddling
Yes, especially in first month of life.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Young babies like to be swaddled when put down for sleeping.
Be sure not to wrap babies too tightly (don't want to interfere with breathing).

In brief: Yes
Young babies like to be swaddled when put down for sleeping.
Be sure not to wrap babies too tightly (don't want to interfere with breathing).
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Swaddling, or snuggly wrapping babies, is an ancient practice that has been shown to calm babies by lowering their heart rates and decreasing self-startling, thereby increasing sleep.

In brief: Yes
Swaddling, or snuggly wrapping babies, is an ancient practice that has been shown to calm babies by lowering their heart rates and decreasing self-startling, thereby increasing sleep.
Dr. Michael Coogan
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Dr. Michael Coogan
There is some question now that swaddling may be associated with hip problems. Swaddle legs loosely.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
As has been mentioned it is an ancient practice to calm babies down, thinking that it somehow mimics the intrauterine environment.
Remember that some babies love swaddling , but some do not. Let your baby tell what they like. If swaddling, do it safely with no risk of smothering. I do not believe that there is an age limit as to a baby being too old to swaddle.

In brief: Yes
As has been mentioned it is an ancient practice to calm babies down, thinking that it somehow mimics the intrauterine environment.
Remember that some babies love swaddling , but some do not. Let your baby tell what they like. If swaddling, do it safely with no risk of smothering. I do not believe that there is an age limit as to a baby being too old to swaddle.
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Dr. James Ferguson
We lose about 100 babies a year to suffocation in blankets/on bumpers and the like. Swaddling after a baby is capable of more movement,around a month of age is an invitation to disaster.
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