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Does Swaddling Impair Development?

We swaddle our girl for sleep, but I am concerned that I am limiting her chances to learn how to roll over and sit up. She is not swaddled while awake but she still sleeps a lot, so the opportunity is limited. Any ideas or suggestions?

Swaddling does not impair and child's development.

It is important to swaddle and hold your baby. I would argue it is more important that your child knows you love them then rolls over on time. The best thing you can do to encourage your child’s development is to give her time on the floor (on a blanket or in a playpen). Young children can only be expected to tolerate this for short periods of time. We place our six month old in a playpen. He is typically happy for 20 minutes, until we need to pick him up.

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Written June 2010 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician

 

 

 

 

 

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