(Closed) Swaddling: how tight is too tight?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
48 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

My fiancee always swaddled our daughter really tightly and it worried me at first but she seemed to like it! she never  got her arms free and slept like a baby (!) if you are worried about restricting her breathing just loosen up the swaddle a bit. 

Post # 4
270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2001

My babies liked it really tight.  Luckily, I never developed that fear.  I had enough to keep my up at night though!  I say, wrap baby as tight as baby likes it!  

Post # 5
345 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t think anyone can do it tighter than the nurses at the hospital! I also think she would let you know if she was uncomfortable.

Post # 6
6825 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have to swaddle little man pretty tight or he wiggles his little arms out… I had that worry at first but he seems to fall asleep faster if he is swaddled pretty tight

Post # 7
927 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I work in the NICU, and IF we teach parents to swaddle we suggest keeping the baby’s arms out or to swaddle them loose enough that they can bring their hands to their mouth. It is important for them developmentally. In Canada, we actually don’t suggest swaddling as you shouldn’t have blankets around their mouth (SIDS risk).

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