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For How Long Should I Swaddle My Baby?










QUESTION:

My baby is three weeks old and I have been swaddling him in the evenings to help him settle to sleep. My question is this: Until what age is it advised to keep swaddling the baby for? I don't wish to overdo it when my son becomes too old for swaddling.




ANSWER:

Your baby will let you know when he is done with swaddling by moving around and working his arms free. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends stopping at 2 months before your baby starts trying to roll over in his crib. As he gets bigger and stronger, the traditional thin, square baby blanket won't contain him when he wants to get free. He will let you know he is done with swaddling by struggling to get free and crying when he can't. Take a look at the current recommended method for swaddling more loosely around baby's hips and legs.

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