Swaddling Your Little One: A Step-by-Step Tutorial
Swaddling a baby can be a soothing and calming experience for both you and your little one. It mimics the cozy feeling of the womb and can help reduce fussiness and promote longer sleep.
Here’s a simple tutorial to get you started:
What do you Need:
- A square swaddle blanket (muslin or cotton work best)
- A flat surface
- Optional: Baby wipes or a burp cloth
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Steps to Follow:
Prepare the blanket: Lay the blanket flat on a surface like a changing table or bed. Fold the top corner down about 6 inches to create a triangle shape.
Folding a swaddle blanket into a triangle
Position your baby: Place your baby on their back in the center of the blanket, with their shoulders just below the folded corner.
Placing baby on swaddle blanket
Swaddle the right arm: Gently straighten your baby’s right arm alongside their body, then take the right side of the blanket and wrap it snugly across their chest, tucking the edge under their back.
Swaddling baby’s right arm
Swaddle the left arm: Fold the bottom corner of the blanket up and over your baby’s feet, tucking the fabric snugly under their bottom. Then, gently bring the left side of the blanket across your baby’s chest, tucking the edge under their back on the opposite side.
Swaddling baby’s left arm
Check the fit: Make sure the swaddle is snug but not too tight. You should be able to easily fit two fingers between the fabric and your baby’s chest. Their legs should be able to move freely.
- Practice makes perfect! Don’t get discouraged if it takes a few tries to get the hang of it.
- Use a lightweight blanket to avoid overheating your baby.
- Stop swaddling once your baby starts to roll over, usually around 3-4 months old.
- If you’re using a velcro swaddle, make sure the straps are secure but not too tight.
- Always monitor your swaddled baby and put them on their back to sleep.