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:
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.