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22/6/18

Anon

Hello, our 10-week-old baby sleeps well in the “love to dream” bags but raises his arms up to his mouth and nose. We have a sheet tucking him in below the armpits. Is the material of the bag on the arms/hands a potential suffocation risk or would he move them away from his nose naturally? Many thanks

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Posted a response on 25/6/18

Red Nose

Red Nose has the following information about “swaddle suits”:

...it is extremely important to ensure that the product fits the baby and is appropriate for their developmental stage. For example:

The material of the wrap or swaddle should not cover the face or head, particular if baby sleeps with arms in different positions.

If the item is too big for the baby, some zipped swaddle suits that enclose baby’s hands, have been shown to allow material to cover baby’s face and nose when baby raises their hands above their head during sleep.

All sleeping attire designed to cover the baby’s shoulders should have separate neck and arm holes or should ensure that they do not allow the face covering if the baby was to move their arms in different positions.

Any product that is used as clothing on the baby or in the baby’s sleep environment should not restrict the movement of a baby who is able to roll.

Wrapping should be discontinued as soon as the baby shows the first signs of being able to roll.

Positioning aids that restrict movement of the baby are not recommended and have been associated with infant deaths.

https://rednose.org.au/article/wrapping-babies

Many parents have reported that their baby seems to show a preference for being able to touch their face with their hands.

Some of these “settle better” with their arms/hands out of a swaddle.

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