My oldest was born in 1987 when the advice was still to place your baby on her stomach to sleep. When her little sister was born over seven years later, it had switched to placing her on her back and using only tight-fitting sheets in the bed without any excess blankets, pillows, or crib bumpers.
Now swaddling is being revamped in further efforts to prevent potential suffocation, as well as hip dysplasia.
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: 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. As part of safe-sleep education programs, 1,000 hospitals are receiving free annual allotments of SleepSack-branded wearable blankets.
The new blankets come from Halo Innovations whose founder, Bill Schmid, lost a daughter to SIDS in 1991.
Definitely time to update baby-shower registries.
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