Wrapping your baby is a very effective calming method, if wrapped correctly and safely.
If you are not comfortable with your wrapping (or if you have a baby who wriggles free!), I highly recommend a baby sleep suit for all sleep, instead of a swaddle wrap.
There are many good tutorials available, however I recommend referring to the Red Nose website for up to date advice. I have included some points below for you, as well as a direct link to the Red Nose website.
*AS NOTED IN THE RED NOSE GUIDELINES FOR SAFE BABY SLEEPING*
Wrapping and placing babies on the back provides stability and helps to keep babies in the recommended back position
- Being wrapped and placed on the tummy or side should always be avoided
- When wrapping baby, allow for hip flex and chest wall expansion (do not wrap too tight)
- Ensure baby is not over dressed under the wrap, has the head uncovered and does not have an infection or fever
- Babies must not be wrapped if sharing a sleep surface (including bed-sharing)
- Discontinue wrapping baby as soon as baby shows signs of attempting to roll.
HEADBAND & HAT SAFETY
Please be aware that while headbands and hats for babies are SO CUTE, they can also become a hazard.
Headwear SHOULD NOT be worn in the following situations, under any circumstance:
Never put your baby down to sleep (including naps) wearing any form of headwear (hats, beanies, headbands, bows).
IN THE CAR
Always remove any headwear from your baby before putting them in the car. They can become suffocation and strangulation hazards if baby pulls on them while you're driving.
IN THE PRAM
Unless you can SEE their face and react quickly, remove the headwear.