What you need to know to wrap your baby safely

When you should and shouldn’t wrap or swaddle your baby

Safe wrapping helps settle and calm your baby for a more sustained sleep. Red Nose Australia makes the following recommendations for safely wrapping or swaddling your baby:

  • Position baby on their back, wrapping them from below the neck so their face is uncovered (never in a tummy position).
  • Use lightweight cotton or muslin wraps.
  • Ensure the wrapping is neither too firm nor too loose.
  • Adjust baby’s clothing for the weather prior to wrapping.
  • Wrapping should be appropriate to the developmental stage of your baby and is discontinued at around 4-6 months of age as baby shows sign of beginning to roll.

For the most detailed and up-to-date information on safe wrapping for babies and other post-natal care tips from Red Nose Australia click here.

This information is general in nature and individualised medical advice should be sought from a general practitioner (GP) or appropriate medical practitioner.

Salveo Healthcare provides these blog resources to support new parents in Tasmania (North & Northwest) as part of St.LukesHealth Private Post-Natal Services.