Best way to swaddle your baby

swaddleShould I swaddling my baby in a loose blanket? The answer is there is a much better option known as a wearable blanket or a sleep sack. The change from swaddling infants with a baby blanket to a SleepSack has occurred in most hospital maternity wards including Agnesian as part of a campaign to promote safer sleep for babies. Since 1999 rates of deaths classified as accidental suffocation have risen, and many Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths cases are linked to unsafe sleep environments, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Swaddling infants in a blanket is an age-old practice that can help comfort a fussy baby. But incorrect swaddling can be a health threat: The American Academy of Pediatrics’ 2011 guidelines warn against loose crib blankets for infants. Too loose, and a blanket can unwind and hinder breathing, too tight, and it can cause serious hip problems. The International Hip Dysplasia Institute recommends that infants’ legs should be able to bend up and out at the hips, not tightly wrapped straight down and pressed together.

Infant sleep sacks with fabric flaps that swaddle the baby’s arms to the body and close securely, are meant to make swaddling safer and easier by giving babies a secure feeling and freedom of leg movement without danger of loose fabric around the head.

The SleepSack wearable blanket is slipped over your baby’s regular sleepwear as a replacement to loose blankets in the crib. As your baby grows, he may outgrow his need for swaddling as he may prefer to have his arms free or he may begin to move about in the crib and roll over. It’s time to stop swaddling your baby when she starts to show signs of rolling over or breaking out of the swaddle. The SleepSack wearable blanket is sleeveless to reduce the chance of baby overheating and is easier to be worn with regular sleepwear underneath. SleepSacks are available at the Agnesian Health Shoppe in multiple sizes, fabrics, colors and prints to meet any infants need and are 10% off during the month of July.

During the month of July all ramps are $50 off, stairlifts are $100 off and mom and baby products are 10% off. The Agnesian Health Shoppe is located at 327 Winnebago Drive in Fond du Lac. You can call us at (920) 926-5277 or visit agnesianhealthshoppe.com.

About Debbie Dvorachek

Debbie Dvoracheck, LPN, WWC, is a Business Development Associate with the Agnesian Health Shoppe. If you have questions regarding home medical equipment or the Agnesian Health Shoppe, please contact the Health Shoppe at (920) 926-5277, or visit agnesianhealthshoppe.com

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