How to Swaddle Your Baby

baby under a blanket

Swaddling is the act of snugly wrapping your newborn baby in a blanket for warmth and comfort. It mimics the security of the womb and can be beneficial for mom and baby alike. Here is a guide on how to swaddle your baby:

The position

First, place a soft blanket on the changing table or on a flat surface. Note: Use a lightweight cotton or flannel fabric to prevent your baby from getting overheated. Place the blanket in a diamond shape with the top corner folded down. Place your baby on top of the blanket, with the folded top corner underneath his or her neck. Next, fold one of the corners of the blanket over your child’s chest, tucking it around his or her opposite arm. Fold the bottom of the blanket over your baby’s feet, and tuck the corner behind his or her shoulder. Pull what’s left of the blanket across your little one’s chest and tuck. Your baby should look snug and cozy with all ends of the fabric tucked in.

a baby sleeping
Make sure the blanket is cozy but not too snug.

Things to keep in mind

Swaddling doesn’t work for all mothers and babies. Be sure to keep an eye on your little one once he or she is put in the swaddle position. If you find your child resisting or kicking off the blanket, swaddling might not be the best tactic. In addition, babies don’t like to be swaddled all day. They need freedom and movement to grow stronger. Try to limit swaddling to eating, sleeping and resting. Make sure to give your little one the opportunity to move around throughout the rest of the day.

Make sure the blanket is cozy but not too snug.

Something extra

Swaddling works great for babies between their first six to eight weeks of life. If your baby is still finicky after being wrapped up, pick him or her up, hold him or her near your chest and sway softly. This connection between parent and child could comfort and lull your baby to sleep. In addition, it’s a great opportunity for you and your newborn to strengthen your bond through physical touch. If the crying does not stop, try putting on a soothing song or sound effects during the swaying process. These sounds can calm your baby back to snoozing.

Learning to swaddle your baby may take awhile. Keep giving it a try, and you’ll get the hang of it in no time.