Most newborns are calmer if they are swaddled 12-20 hours a day, but as baby becomes older, they should spend more time out of the swaddle. A gentle supportive swaddle may continue to be used for sleep time and nap time until baby is around 3 months old.
Should I swaddle my newborn during the day?
Keeping your baby swaddled all of the time can hinder motor development and mobility, as well as limit her opportunity to use and explore her hands when awake. After the first month of life, try swaddling your baby only during naps and nighttime sleeping.
How long should a newborn be swaddled per day?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents keep their babies swaddled for 12–20 hours per day for the first few weeks after birth. This relaxes babies. Swaddling a baby correctly also protects her from overheating, injuries and sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.
Can a newborn be swaddled too much?
Swaddling your baby carries some risks. It’s potentially unsafe if your baby is not swaddled properly. There’s also a risk of your baby overheating if they are wrapped in too many blankets, in covers that are too heavy or thick, or if they’re wrapped too tightly.
Should I swaddle for all naps?
So yes, you want to swaddle your baby for both naps and for night time. At your baby’s young age, she has what’s called the Moro reflex which will wake her up in her sleep if she is not swaddled tightly.
Should I Unswaddle baby for night feedings?
Swaddling also helps signal that it’s time to go to sleep. This called a positive sleep association. If you unswaddle them during their wake time and swaddle them to sleep they’ll understand what’s happening and it’s a great way to get some routine and consistency in early. The more we can do regularly, the better.