Slide show: How to swaddle a baby
Illustration of swaddling in progress
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Fold the bottom point of the blanket up, leaving room for your baby's feet to move freely. Swaddling a baby too tightly can increase the risk of overheating or developing a respiratory infection. Swaddling a baby in a way that prevents his or her hips or knees from being able to move can also increase the risk of developmental dysplasia of the hip — a condition in which a baby's hip can be partially or completely dislocated. If your baby has dysplasia, swaddling isn't recommended.

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