How to swaddle a baby with nurse Shannon Mercer

Swaddling a baby comes with both benefits and risks. If you decide to swaddle your baby, it’s important to do it correctly. Watch nurse Shannon Mercer’s step-by-step guide to learn how.

Benefits:

  • provides comfort to some babies
  • improves baby’s sleep on his/her back
  • can help babies sleep longer in the first six months of their life

Risks:

  • babies can’t put their hands/feet in their mouth to show you they’re hungry
  • a swaddle that’s too tight can compress a baby’s growing hips
  • a swaddle that’s too loose can unravel, allowing the baby to get tangled up

For more information on swaddling, read page 72 of our guide, “Getting ready for childbirth and your new baby” or speak to your healthcare provider.

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