How To Swaddle Your Baby

Below are some great instructions with graphics and pics from aden and anais on how to swaddle your baby.

Swaddling is an age-old method of calming and caring for your baby.  It keeps them cozy and secure, a feeling reminiscent of the womb.  They drift more easily off to sleep, and studies have shown that they remain in restorative REM sleep for longer when they are swaddled.  One reason for the prolonged sleep is that their startle reflex is suppressed, so they do not wake themselves up with flailing limbs!

The great news for modern parents is that adorable swaddling blankets are now easy to find.  Check out these colorful prints, and these stunning bamboo blankets.

STEP 1

Lay the swaddle in a diamond shape and fold the top corner down to form a triangle. Place your baby in the center of the folded area with their head just above the fold of the swaddle. Ensure that your baby’s shoulders are still below the fold.

STEP 2

Place your baby’s right arm slightly bent at the elbow flat against their body. Take the left side of the swaddle and bring it across your baby’s chest. Ensure their arm is securely under the fabric. Tuck the edge of the swaddle under their body to ensure a secure swaddle.

STEP 3

Fold the bottom of the swaddle up & over your baby’s feet.

STEP 4

Finally, place your baby’s left arm slightly bent at the elbow against their body, take the right side of the swaddle & bring it across your baby’s chest. Tuck the excess fabric underneath your baby to secure the swaddle.

THE AUSSIE SWADDLE
STEP 1

Lay the wrap in a diamond shape and fold the top corner down to form a triangle. The point of the triangle should sit about one third of the way into the center of the wrap. Place your baby in the center of the folded area with his or her head just above the fold of the wrap. Ensure that your baby’s shoulders are still below the fold.

STEP 2

Gently tuck your baby’s right arm up into the triangular fold of the wrap. Take the left side of the wrap and bring it across your baby’s chest. Ensure that your baby’s arm is securely under the wrap. Tuck the edge of the wrap under your baby’s body to ensure a secure swaddle.

STEP 3

Fold the bottom of the wrap up and over your baby’s feet and tuck the fabric into the top of the swaddle. It is fine to skip this step and leave the fabric loose at the bottom of the swaddle if your baby prefers more freedom of movement, as is the case for a number of older babies.

STEP 4

Finally, place your baby’s left arm up into the triangular fold of the wrap. Take the right side of the wrap and bring it across your baby’s chest. Ensure that your baby’s arm is securely under the wrap. Tuck the excess fabric of the wrap underneath your baby’s body to secure the swaddle.

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One Response

  1. Thanks for the help now when my wifes not home I can wrap my baby up 🙂

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