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Swaddling 101

Swaddling 101

Swaddling a newborn snug in a blanket is soothing and calming for babies and can help them transition more easily to life outside the womb. However, most first-time parents struggle to get the so-called “baby burrito wrap” just right. The following tips and a little practice will help you swaddle like a nursery nurse:

Infant Swaddling Safety
  • Place a thin blanket on a flat surface so it looks like a diamond
  • Fold one corner down about half way, and place baby on his back with head just above folded edge
  • Take the right side of the blanket and gently pull it over the right arm and across baby’s body, then lift left arm and tuck blanket under left side
  • Take the bottom corner and and fold up over baby’s body and tuck it into first fold under his chin
  • Take the left corner of the blanket and pull it over the baby’s left arm and tuck it under baby on right side

Make sure your baby’s hips can move and the blanket is not too tight. Your baby’s legs should be in a flexed, frog-like position and you should be able to fit a couple of your fingers between your baby’s chest and the blanket. Remember to stop swaddling by 2 months of age, when your baby can roll over. Read more about swaddling in the next tip titled Infant Swaddling Safety.