What is Swaddling?

Swaddling is a way of snugly wrapping up your baby in a blanket to help them feel warmth and security. It’s a great way for helping them keep calm and prepare for sleep. You can swaddle your baby from birth up to 5/6 months.

You can also half swaddle your baby if they prefer their arms out.

The Benefits of Swaddling

The thought of swaddling reminds your baby being back in the womb where they are warm and safe.

Swaddling your baby can prevent them from making any sudden movements. By keeping their arm in the swaddle they tend to sleep longer and sounder.

Another reason why swaddling is great as babies wont be able to scratch their face with their sharp finger nails.

Step 1

Lay your swaddle blanket on the floor or bed in a diamond shape, then fold down the top corner 4-6 inches for the baby’s head.

(The photos also demonstrates half swaddling which you can do if your baby is uncomfortable)

How to swaddle

Step 2

Lay your baby in the centre of the swaddle blanket. Gently hold your baby’s right arm alongside their body, slightly bent. Pull across the same side of the swaddle blanket over your baby’s chest. Then tuck it surely under its left arm while making sure your baby can still bend their hips up and outwards.

Step 3

Take the bottom of the swaddle blanket up towards your baby’s chest and tuck the swaddle into the top of the fabric

Step 4

Finally hold your baby’s left arm down and pull  the bottom corner over his right shoulder. If there are any extra material left around the swaddle, simply tuck them in so they are cosy and snug.

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