What is Swaddling?
Swaddling is wrapping your baby snugly in a lightweight, usually cotton, blanket. This helps your baby feel secure and safe. Many people use swaddling to help their babies fall asleep. Swaddling can help soothe your baby if they are fussy or crying excessively. It should be done from birth to when your baby learns to roll over. Swaddling mimics the sensation your baby felt when they were in the womb.
Swaddling can help your baby sleep better and longer. Your baby may jerk in their sleep. However, this is normal and is their startle reflex. Swaddling can help prevent your baby from waking themselves up when they jerk.
Dos and Don’ts
Do not swaddle your baby too tightly as this may cause discomfort or hip problems in the future. Your baby should have room to move their feet and bend their legs and knees.
Do not swaddle your baby’s face with the blanket.
The blanket used should be very lightweight such as muslin.
Do not lay your baby down to sleep face down when swaddled as this increases the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Lastly, feel of your baby’s neck or stomach to ensure they are not too hot.
Step 1: Lay out a swaddling blanket in a diamond shape, and fold the top corner down making the diamond into a triangle. Place your baby on top of the blanket where their shoulders are even with the top of the blanket.
Step 2: Pull one side of the blanket across your baby’s chest and tuck under their arm.
Step 3: Pull the bottom of the blanket over their feet and tuck behind the shoulder of the arm in step 2.
Step 4: Pull the last side across the baby’s chest and tuck into the blanket.