Video guide to safe swaddling

Emma Shiffman

Assistant Buyer, Nursery

Swaddling is the age-old practice of securing (or wrapping) your baby in a blanket. It’s thought by some experts that this can help emulate the feeling in the womb to make your baby your baby feel secure and cosy, in turn encouraging sleep. We sell many different swaddling blankets, and in this video I’ll show you how to use a swaddling blanket safely.

If you choose to swaddle your baby, it's important to follow safe swaddling guidelines. Swaddling can help to reduce crying and encourage your baby to have a more settled sleep pattern; however it’s important to ensure you swaddle correctly so baby is safe and healthy.

Please bear in mind that you should only use the swaddling technique while your baby still sleeps on their back, and you should stop once they can turn over by themselves. Don't swaddle your baby too tightly, and keep their head uncovered. It's very important to avoid overheating your baby.

To allow their hips to develop properly, baby must be able to bend their legs up and out at the hips, so make sure you leave plenty of room for movement. It’s especially important to allow the hips to spread apart and bend up. In the womb the legs are in a foetal position, bent up across each other. Sudden straightening of the legs to a standing position can loosen the joints and damage the soft cartilage of the socket.

Swaddling too tightly and restricting baby’s movement can increase the risk of hip dysplasia and dislocation, so if you decide to use this technique, please follow our safe swaddling guideliines carefully.