Some babies have difficulty settling while lying on their backs, so wrapping can be a useful method to help them to settle and stay asleep. Wrapping has been shown to reduce the amount of crying time and episodes of waking.
- Ensure your baby is wrapped from below the neck to avoid covering the face.
- Sleep with his face uncovered with no soft toys, pillows etc
- Use only lightweight wraps such as cotton or muslin to prevent overheating
- The wrap should not be too tight as this may interfere with physical development
- Make sure your baby is not over dressed under the wrap. Loose wraps can be hazardous as they can cover the baby’s head and face.
The wrap needs to be firm but not too tight. Techniques that use tight wrapping with legs straight and together increase the risk of abnormal hip development. Allow for hip and chest wall expansion when wrapping.
Most babies eventually resist being wrapped. This is usually around the age of six months. An alternative to wrapping is to use a safe infant sleeping bag.
How To Keep Your Baby Comfortable and Asleep: http://youtu.be/bhHIlWak1qU
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