Safely swaddling

Q: How long is it safe to swaddle our baby? She’s now 3 months old and starting to break out, even as we swaddle her tighter, sometimes double-wrapping her.

A: Swaddling infants to help them sleep has been around for a very long time. It’s a classic way of helping comfort young infants and it allows them to sleep for longer stretches. It’s safe for your daughter as long as she’s on her back, her face isn’t covered and the blankets used for swaddling are thin and not the thicker, quilted type.

How long you can do this, or need to do this, with your infant really depends on your child. Most infants will grow out of the need to do this by 2 months of age. Some benefit as long as 6 months of age.