How to Swaddle Safely

To help natural hip development during swaddling:


  • Position your baby with their hips bent and knees apart; a bit like a frog.
  • Allow room around the hips for movement.
  • Wrap the upper body firmly but not tightly. Consider swaddling the arms only.
  • Stop swaddling once your baby is rolling (anywhere from 3-6 months of age).


  • Wrap your baby's legs tight and straight down or pressed together. At this stage in life, the hip joint can be loosened in the straight-legged position.
  • Use sleep sacks and pouches that tighten around the thigh.

Swaddling Methods:

Diamond – secure the arms individually. Twist the bottom of the wrap loosely so the legs are free to move within a sack, and tuck under your baby.

Square – secure the arms individually. Fold up the bottom of the wrap loosely over the chest, to create a pouch for free leg movement, then tuck under your baby.

Sleep sack or pouch – select those designed for free leg movement (such as the inbetweenie).

This information was sourced from: Healthy Hips Australia