You should be able to place two to three fingers between your baby’s chest and the blanket, and the blanket should be loose around her hips so she can move her legs freely. If your baby seems to prefer having her arms free, it’s fine to leave one or both arms out of the swaddle.
When can babies sleep with arms out?
In general, babies do best when swaddling lasts for 4-5 months. Then, you can start the weaning process by wrapping your baby with one arm out. If she continues to sleep well for a few nights, you can stop swaddling completely.
Should all infants be swaddled while sleeping?
Make sure you are placing your baby on their back, in a crib, after being swaddled. Studies have shown swaddling your baby and placing them on their side or stomach, will double their risk of SIDS. REMEMBER: Babies do not need to be swaddled all day, just when fussy and sleep time.
How many hours a day should baby be swaddled?
How many hours a day should a baby be wrapped? All babies need some time to stretch, bathe, and get a massage. But, you’ll probably notice your baby is calmer if she’s swaddled 12 to 20 hours a day, to start with.
How will I know if my newborn is cold?
A good way to check whether your baby is too cold is to feel their chest, back or tummy. They should feel warm. Don’t worry if their hands and feet feel cool, this is normal.
Can you swaddle with arms out?
Swaddling your baby with one or both arms out is perfectly safe, as long as you continue to wrap her blanket securely. In fact, some newborns prefer being swaddled with one or both arms free from the very beginning. Another swaddle transition option: Trade your swaddle blanket for a transitional sleep sack.
Can you put a blanket over a swaddled baby?
Place your baby on her back to sleep, and monitor her to be sure she doesn’t roll over while swaddled. Do not have any loose blankets in your baby’s crib. A loose blanket, including a swaddling blanket that comes unwrapped, could cover your baby’s face and increase the risk of suffocation.