Statement on swaddling

ISPID has issued a statement on swaddling and risk of SIDS, taking into account all available evidence from international studies.

  • Parents should be aware of the potential risks of swaddling their infant, particularly of the use of heavy materials for swaddling.
  • Infants must NEVER be placed prone (on their stomach) when swaddled.
  • Current research suggests that it is safest to swaddle infants from birth and not to change infant care practices by beginning to swaddle their infant at 3 months of age when SIDS risk is greatest.
  • Secondary caregivers should be made aware of their infant's usual sleeping environment and practices.
The full ISPID statement on swaddling with further explanations and a list of references is available here.