Yes, you should swaddle your newborn at night. The startle reflex is a primitive reflex that is present and birth and is a protective mechanism. With any sudden noise or movement, your baby is “startled” and her arms will extend away from her body, she’ll arch her back and neck.
Can I swaddle my baby all night?
If you decide to swaddle, it’s safest to do it from birth, and for every-day and night-time sleep. If your baby is cared for by someone else, make sure they know how to swaddle him correctly too. Take some time to show them how you do it and make sure they know to put your baby down to sleep on his back.
How many hours a day should baby be swaddled?
How many hours a day should a baby be wrapped? All babies need some time to stretch, bathe, and get a massage. But, you’ll probably notice your baby is calmer if she’s swaddled 12 to 20 hours a day, to start with.
Can you put a blanket over a swaddled baby?
Remember, no loose blankets or bedding are ever allowed in the crib with your baby. If the swaddling becomes unwrapped this puts your baby at risk of suffocation. However, the swaddle should not be so tight that the baby cannot breathe, or move his or her hips.
How do I cover my newborn at night?
Do not let your baby’s head become covered
- tuck the covers in securely under your baby’s arms so they cannot slip over their head – use 1 or more layers of lightweight blankets.
- use a baby mattress that’s firm, flat, well-fitting, clean and waterproof on the outside – cover the mattress with a single sheet.