5 Mistakes to Avoid: Swaddling Your Baby

February 28, 2022 2 min read

One month old baby girl swaddled in a beige wrap.

When you begin swaddling your newborn baby, there are some common mistakes that you want to avoid. Here at Pop Ya Tot, we pride ourselves on being experts in swaddles & wraps, and we always recommend them to new parents or when people are looking for the best baby shower gift in Australia. Using a baby swaddle wrap helps your little tot sleep comfortably, feel safe and regulate their temperature, so it's essential to understand how to do so correctly. 

Wrapping the Baby Swaddle Too Tight

The first mistake that nervous new parents commonly make is wrapping up their baby in a baby swaddle, a little too tight. You don't want to make the swaddle too tight or too loose, as the baby has to be snug and comfortable in there. In the womb, babies keep their legs up, bent, and crossed towards the body, so it's essential to keep them snug on top and looser from the arms down.

Using a Baby Blanket 

Baby blankets are beautiful gifts, great accents in the nursery, and perfect for colder days in the pram or breastfeeding in public. However, it's essential that you never use a baby blanket to swaddle as your baby could overheat! Always use an organic cotton baby swaddle.

Laying Your Baby on Their Stomach

Never lay your baby on their stomach! It's widely recommended that babies always be put to sleep on their backs, and when swaddling, a baby must be laying on their back to reduce the risk of SIDS.

Crossing Your Baby's Arms

When using a baby swaddle wrap, always have your baby's arms by their sides and not crossed up on their chest. This is to remain snug and comfortable.

Swaddling in the Car or During the Day 

It can be tempting to use the baby swaddle wrap to calm your baby in every instance, like in the car or in front of the TV… but you should always leave swaddling for night-time and naptime. This is because you don't want to dilute the calming, relaxing effect that it will have on your baby and the association that they have with that feeling coinciding with a nurturing sleep.

Shop swaddles & wraps from Pop Ya Tot today and ensure your baby is only wrapped up in the best! Reach out to us by sending an email to hello@popyatot.com.au.

Pia Reynolds
Pia Reynolds

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