New Blog Series: Ask Ami
At DayOne Baby we work with trusted professionals to share information with new parents and our community. We have launched a new series, “Ask Ami” where parents can ask their questions, big and small. To submit a question, email info@dayonebaby with “Ask Ami” in the subject line.
Ami Burnham RN, CNM, IBCLC
Ami Burnham is a Licensed Midwife, Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant as well as a mother and partner. She has dedicated the last 17 years to supporting families throughout the childbearing years. She has been invited to speak at midwifery and obstetric conferences as well as university classrooms. From 2009-2013, Ami volunteered annually to train midwives and traditional birth attendants in Haiti and Sierra Leone. You can find more about her and contact her at www.ammasource.com
Swaddling your baby is a choice that you will make as a parent. Many babies, but certainly not all, enjoy being swaddled and fall asleep easier and stay asleep longer while swaddled. If they are swaddled for long periods of time, such as overnight, it is best to use a pre-made swaddle blanket, such as the Wombie Organic Swaddle, to promote proper hip development through normal leg movement and positioning.
Swaddling with a receiving blanket can cause the baby’s legs to be too tightly bound and not free enough to move.
When swaddled, or un-swaddled, your baby should be put to sleep on his or her back, on a firm mattress, in an environment free from loose bedding, pillows and other soft material (such as crib bumpers, sleep positioners, etc).
If you are choosing to bed share with your baby, swaddling is not recommended as s/he is much more likely to get overheated during the night.
Once your baby starts rolling over onto her stomach, usually between 4-6 months, it is time to get rid of the swaddle if you have not already done so. The startle reflex, which is often why swaddling helps in the first place, often fades around 4 months and once a baby rolls over we want him or her to be able to roll back as needed.
Once a baby is consistently rolling onto his/her stomach while sleeping, it is safe to leave them there (in other words you do not need to roll them onto their back as soon as they get onto their stomach if they are happy there). Continue to keep the sleeping surface free from lots of loose bedding and pillows at this time.
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