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Giraffe Organic Muslin Swaddle Set available at Potter Barn Kids CF Chinook Center
Swaddling has become a hot topic for expectant and new parents! Thanks to Dr. Harvey Karp’s five magical “S” tips for soothing newborns and his books The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep, parents are flocking to baby shops everywhere to stock up on adorable muslin swaddling blankets, swaddling sleeps sacks and other products designed to wrap baby tightly and mimic the security of the womb.

But is swaddling it safe?
A recent meta-analysis took an in-depth look at the correlation between swaddling and SIDS. You can check out the study here: ​Swaddling and the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: A Meta-analysis. The study concluded that “health professionals and current guidelines should consider an appropriate age limit at which swaddling should be discouraged”. Other studies have not shown any conclusive correlation between swaddling and an increased risk of SIDS.


Young infants that are swaddled experience:

  • quieter sleep
  • decreased spontaneous arousals during sleep
  • a decrease in excessive crying for babies up to 6 weeks of age
  • improved neuromuscular development in very low birth weight babies
  • decreased physiologic and behavioral distress for babies prematurely
  • improved calming and sleep for infants exposed to addictive substances in utero


  • ​a swaddled baby should only be placed to sleep on his back and never on his side or stomach
  • remove loose bedding and toys from the bed
  • ensure the baby will not overheat
  • once your baby has begun rolling you should stop swaddling
  • babies older than 6 months should not be swaddled


Every baby is different, so you may have to try several swaddles before you find the one your baby likes best. There are unlimited variations including tighter swaddles, arms in, arms out, one arm in, and leaving the feet looser. Your baby may prefer to be swaddled one way for a week or two and then you may have to try something different.

Clients often joke about what witchcraft I have used when their fussy baby is finally being put down for naps and staying asleep for more than 5 minutes!


When it comes to swaddling and sleep safety, the Canadian Pediatric Society states:

“If you choose to swaddle your baby, make sure that you follow a safe swaddling technique. The airway should be clear and enough room should be left for the legs to move. Stop swaddling when your baby shows signs of rolling over”.


Join us Saturday, November 12, at Pottery Barn Kids in CF Chinook Center. Our team of Calgary Postpartum Doulas will be on location from 4-6pm. We will be talking about safe swaddling, teaching a couple of our favourite swaddle variations, and hosting a sure to be hilarious swaddling contest! Have fun, do a little baby shopping, meet the Pottery Barn Kids Design team, enjoy some refreshments, and the company of other expectant parents. You can RSVP by stopping in to their CF Chinook Center location or calling Pottery Barn Kids (403) 281-0116.
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