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Swaddling Safety 101

Stroller Traffic interviews Emily R. Dodwell, MD, MPH, FRCSC, pediatric orthopedic surgeon at HSS, on the safest ways to swaddle your newborn baby. While swaddling has been shown to reduce crying and promote sleep, it could harm an infant's hips if not done properly.

"Swaddling should allow ample room for the baby's legs to move, with plenty of space to bend the hips and knees," says Dr. Dodwell. "To ensure that baby has enough room for breathing, parents should be able to fit two or three of their fingers between the infant's chest and the blanket or sleep sack. The blanket or sleep sack should be loose enough on the legs that the baby's hips and knees can flex fully, and should have lots of room to move apart."

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