How to swaddle your baby?
Swaddling is a traditional practice that involves wrapping your baby snugly in a blanket or cloth. It mimics the feeling of being in the womb and provides a sense of security and comfort for your little one. Swaddling can also help soothe a fussy baby and promote better sleep.
Step 1: Gather your supplies
Before you begin, make sure you have everything you need:
- A soft, breathable blanket or (Petit Filippe) swaddle cloth
- A flat surface, such as a bed or changing table
- A calm and quiet environment
Step 2: Prepare the blanket
Lay the blanket on a flat surface, forming a diamond shape. Fold the top corner down about 6 inches to create a straight edge.
Step 3: Place your baby on the blanket
Position your baby on their back, with their neck and head resting above the folded edge of the blanket. Make sure their feet are pointing towards the bottom corner of the diamond.
Step 4: Secure the arms
Take the left corner of the blanket and gently wrap it across your baby's chest, tucking their left arm under the blanket. Then, take the right corner and wrap it across their chest, tucking their right arm under the blanket. Make sure the blanket is snug but not too tight, allowing your baby to move their hips and legs freely.
Step 5: Fold the bottom corner
Take the bottom corner of the blanket and fold it up towards your baby's chest, tucking it under the previous folds. This will create a cozy pocket for your baby's legs.
Step 6: Final adjustments
Finally, wrap the other side of the blanket across the body and tuck it under. Ensure that the swaddle is secure but not too tight. Your baby's hips should be able to move and their legs should be able to bend up and out at the hips. Make sure the swaddle is not covering their face or impeding their breathing.
Swaddle Safety Tips
While swaddling can be beneficial for your baby, it's important to follow these safety guidelines:
- Stop swaddling once your baby starts rolling over onto their stomach.
- Do not swaddle too tightly, as it can restrict your baby's movement and lead to hip dysplasia.
- Always place your baby on their back to sleep.
- Keep the swaddle below your baby's chin to prevent covering their face.
Do not swaddle your baby:
- If he is sick or has a fever.
- When your baby has a serious respiratory infection.
- Symptoms of or predisposition to hip dysplasia.
- When scoliosis (curvature of the spine) is diagnosed.
- The first 24 hours after vaccination.
- When your baby starts turning on its own.
- If your baby is older than six months (start tapering off around three/four months).
Swaddling can be a wonderful technique to help calm and comfort your baby. By following these step-by-step instructions and safety guidelines, you can swaddle your baby with confidence and provide them with a peaceful and secure environment for sleep.