Safe Swaddling of Infants

Help babies' hips grow strong and healthy

Swaddling is the practice of wrapping a baby in a blanket or cloth for warmth and comfort. It can curb crying and promote sleep in infants because it mimics the security of the womb. If done correctly, swaddling can promote:

  • Better motor-skill growth
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Less restlessness
  • Longer sleep

Swaddling tips

Do not wrap your baby’s legs straight and pressed together. The newborn’s hip joints are not strong enough to hold an extended position.

You can continue to swaddle your baby for several weeks or several months. When he starts breaking free of the blanket or trying to roll over, it is time to stop swaddling.

Incorrect swaddling can lead to developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH). Our hip team can help make sure your baby's hips grow strong and healthy.

Learn more about DDH 

The resources below will show you how to swaddle your baby safely, and explain why it is important to do it correctly.

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