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The risks to be aware of when swaddling your baby

New research has highlighted some concern over swaddling babies

Concern raised over swaddling babies

Risks linked to SIDS when babies are swaddled have been raised by researchers

Swaddled baby

Swaddling is a well-known way of wrapping young babies in a blanket to help settle them to sleep and offer comfort. But new research suggests that swaddling your baby could increase the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

It is often a technique advised for newborns as a way to keep them warm and help them fall asleep.

However, researchers at the University of Bristol have raised alarm over the technique. Published in the Journal of Paediatrics, the research warns that putting your baby on its side or tummy could be life threatening.  

The research looked at four different studies spanning two decades, covering England, Tasmania in Australia and Chicago, Illinois.

Despite research in the past suggesting swaddling could reduce the risk of SIDS, this study concluded that there is risk to babies who are swaddled on their front or side.

The study noted that babies moved onto their side as they were sleeping and babies can start to roll over between four and six months old.

The advice to parents is to stop swaddling before your baby turns six months old and baby should always be placed on its back to sleep.

The risks to be aware of when swaddling your baby