- Reports blared, "Swaddling babies may increase risk of SIDS"
- The reality is more nuanced
(CNN)Swaddling, the art of snugly wrapping an infant in a garment for warmth and security, is a go-to for sleep-deprived parents the world over.
- Babies should always sleep on their backs.
- Always use a firm sleep surface.
- Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib. No pillows, blankets or bumper pads.
- Do not let your baby get too hot.
- Place your baby to sleep in the same room where you sleep but not in the same bed.
- Keep your baby away from smokers and places where people smoke.
- Breastfeed as much and for as long as you can.
- Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
- Schedule and go to all well-child visits.
- Do not use products that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS, such as wedges, positioners or special mattresses.
- Do not use home cardiorespiratory monitors to help reduce the risk of SIDS.