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My 5 week old hates sleeping bags and swaddle bags so I just wrap her in a cotton muslin wrap and put 3 thin blankets from shoulders down and tuck them into the mattress. But I’m still nervous with all her wriggling that a blanket will cover her head. Should I start getting her used to being in a sleeping bag?

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Posted a response on 10/7/18

Red Nose

It is important that baby’s head and face remain uncovered, regardless of what type of bedding, wrap or sleeping bag you use.

Some baby’s don’t respond well to wrapping/swaddle suits or sleeping bags, others do.

Red Nose recommends the following:

Use only lightweight wraps such as cotton or muslin (bunny rugs and blankets are not safe alternatives as they may cause overheating).

Ensure that baby is positioned on the back with the feet at the bottom of the cot.

Ensure that baby is wrapped from below the neck to avoid covering the face.

Sleep baby with face uncovered (no doonas, pillows, cot bumpers, lambs’ wool or soft toys in the sleeping environment).

Current evidence strongly suggests that as soon as baby shows signs of beginning to roll, wrapping should be ceased for sleep periods.

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

Ensuring that baby’s feet are at the foot of the cots and blankets are tucked in firmly will reduce the likelihood of baby wriggling under any bedding.

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