Need to talk? Call 1800 882 436.
It's a free call with a maternal child health nurse. *call charges may apply from your mobile

Is it an emergency? Dial 000
If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately.

beginning of content

Swaddling - dos and don’ts - text version

1-minute read

Use a lightweight cotton or muslin wrap.

Make sure your baby is not over-dressed to prevent over-heating. They may only need a singlet and nappy.

Fold your baby’s arms across their chest (usually until 3 months).

Do not cover their head or face.

Have the wrap firm but not too tight. Your baby’s legs should still be able to bend at the hips with the knees apart.

Stop swaddling when they start to roll over (usually 4 to 6 months old).

See this guide as an infographic.

Learn more here about the development and quality assurance of healthdirect content.

Last reviewed: August 2020

Back To Top

Call us and speak to a Maternal Child Health Nurse for personal advice and guidance.

Need further advice or guidance from our maternal child health nurses?

This information is for your general information and use only and is not intended to be used as medical advice and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition, nor should it be used for therapeutic purposes.

The information is not a substitute for independent professional advice and should not be used as an alternative to professional health care. If you have a particular medical problem, please consult a healthcare professional.

Except as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, this publication or any part of it may not be reproduced, altered, adapted, stored and/or distributed in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of Healthdirect Australia.