How to Swaddle a Newborn Baby

Swaddling you ask? Swaddling is wrapping your newborn baby in a blanket. It is proven and known to comfort the child, as the confined environment acts to simulate their tighter confines within the womb, with which they remain familiar. Swaddling is known to aid sleeping, promotes the baby sleeping on their back and also helps the baby sleep for longer periods of time (awesome!).

Although some babies will not require this treatment, it can help greatly if you notice your baby is a bit fussy.

Instructions

  • 1

    Lay The Blanket

    Lay a clean and soft blanket on a large flat surface. The blanket should be square shaped and placed in a diamond shape (one corner directly at the top and centre).

    You can fold the top corner down or leave it up if conditions are a bit colder. Knowing your baby's preferences is important to determine what to do.

  • 2

    Place Your Baby

    Place your baby down on the blanket with their head at the top of the diamond (or fold at the top of the blanket).

    Hand placement should either be up near the baby's face or down by their sides. This again is a matter of preference for your baby. What they seem more comfortable with should go.

  • 3

    Fold Over

    With your baby in position, grab the left corner of the blanket and bring it over their body, pulling it gently taut. Tuck the excess material behind their back carefully.

    Be sure that your baby's face is not covered by the blanket.

  • 4

    Bottom's Up

    Bring the bottom edge of the blanket up to the top of the folded blanket (below the baby's face). Fold the blanket downwards if there is excess material.

  • 5

    Finish Right

    Take the last remaining corner on the right side and fold it across their body to the left side. Tuck excess material behind your child's back carefully. They should now be securely and comfortably wrapped in the blanket.

    You can carry them or place them in their cribs to sleep. They are now literally your bundle of joy.

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