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14The Tight Burrito

A swaddled baby looks like a neatly wrapped burrito; however, wrapping that baby burrito too tightly can be dangerous.

While you want to swaddle the baby tightly enough to mimic the feeling of being inside the womb, if you swaddle too tightly, some serious problems can arise. If the blanket is

wrapped too tightly around the chest, breathing can be restricted as the blanket can confine chest movement. Furthermore, if the blanket is wrapped too tightly around the hips, it can lead to hip dysplasia, a condition that causes the ball of the hip to become dislocated from the hip socket, resulting in abnormal development of the hip joint. Hip dysplasia can lead to issues with walking and balance later in life.

To avoid these complications, make sure that the swaddle is wrapped firmly, but that there is enough space for the baby to easily move his chest and pull his knees up.

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