The Science of Safe Sleep: How Swaddles Help Keep Babies on Their Back, As Recommended by the AAP

The Science of Safe Sleep: How Swaddles Help Keep Babies on Their Back, As Recommended by the AAP

As new parents, one of the most important things we can do for our babies is to provide them with a safe and comfortable sleeping environment. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies should sleep on their backs for the first year of life to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)1. One proven method of achieving this is through the use of swaddling.

The Safety of Back Sleeping

The AAP's recommendation for back sleeping is rooted in extensive research. Studies have found that placing babies on their stomachs to sleep can increase the risk of SIDS, a condition that can cause sudden and unexplained death in infants1. Back sleeping, on the other hand, keeps the airways open and unrestricted, providing a safer sleeping position for your little one.

The Role of Swaddling

Swaddling, an age-old practice of wrapping babies snugly in a blanket, serves to mimic the warmth and security of the womb, providing comfort to newborns. But beyond comfort, swaddling plays a significant role in keeping babies on their backs while sleeping. A properly swaddled baby is less likely to squirm and accidentally roll onto their stomach2. The snug wrap restricts excessive movement while still allowing for necessary mobility, like the gentle rise and fall of the chest with breathing.

The LullaBaby Swaddle: A Safe Choice for Your Baby

At LullaBaby, our swaddles are designed with both comfort and safety in mind. The innovative double-wing design of the LullaBaby Swaddle keeps your baby securely wrapped, reducing the likelihood of them flipping over to their stomach during sleep.

Crafted from 100% breathable cotton, our swaddles are gentle on your baby's skin, while ensuring they don't overheat. And our unique two-way zipper design makes diaper changes easy and hassle-free, even in the middle of the night.


As parents, our priority is the safety and well-being of our children. When it comes to sleep, the combination of back sleeping and swaddling offers a proven, effective method to keep our babies safe. The LullaBaby Swaddle, with its thoughtful design and high-quality materials, is an excellent tool to help achieve this, aligning with AAP guidelines for safe sleep.

Remember, while swaddling can help keep your baby on their back, it's essential to continue observing other safe sleep practices recommended by the AAP and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, including using a firm sleep surface and keeping soft objects, loose bedding, or any objects that could increase the risk of entrapment, suffocation, or strangulation out of the crib.

Sleep easy knowing your baby is cozy, comfortable, and above all, safe. Try the LullaBaby Swaddle and experience the peace of mind that comes with a good night's sleep for you and your baby.



  1. Moon RY; TASK FORCE ON SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME. "SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Evidence Base for 2016 Updated Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment." Pediatrics. 2016 Nov;138(5):e20162940.
  2. Richardson HL, Walker AM, Horne RS. "Minimizing the Risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: To Swaddle or Not to Swaddle?" Journal of Pediatrics. 2009 Oct;155(4):475-481. 
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