Swaddling is a wonderful way to soothe your newborn. Swaddling is a technique that replicates the coziness of the womb and helps keep baby warm, snug, and comfortable - allowing baby to sleep better, and longer!
If swaddling is not done properly, it can pose serious risks to your baby.
Please review the following steps as a reference to swaddle your baby. If you have any questions or concerns on swaddling, please contact your baby’s doctor.
To Start Your Swaddle
- Spread out a large, thin blanket.
- Slightly fold over one corner.
Baby & Blanket Position
- Lay baby face up on the blanket, placing their head at the edge of the folded corner.
- While holding baby in place, pick up one corner of the blanket.
- Bring the blanket across baby's body.
- Tuck the blanket beneath them.
Cover Baby’s Feet
- Fold the bottom point of the blanket up, leaving room for baby's feet to easily move. *
Complete The Swaddle
- While holding baby in place, pick up the other corner of the blanket.
- Bring the blanket across baby's body and tuck the blanket beneath baby, leaving only their head and neck exposed.
Keeping a Swaddled Baby Safe
- Once baby is fully swaddled using the preceding steps, it is very important to practice safe baby sleep habits:
- Always place a swaddled baby on their back to sleep.
- You must stop swaddling when baby learns to roll to their stomach. A swaddled baby on their stomach could have difficulty breathing. Stomach sleeping also increases the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
- Swaddling can cause a baby to overheat.
- If any questions or concerns on how properly and safely swaddle your baby, consult your baby's doctor.
* WARNING: If you swaddle baby too tight, it can increase the risk of overheating or developing a respiratory infection. Swaddling a baby in a way that prevents their hips or knees from moving can increase the risk of hip dysplasia – a condition where a baby's hip can be partially or completely dislocated. Swaddling is not recommended for babies with hip dysplasia.
For Further Reference, Here's a Quick 1 Minute Video From MotherCareTV On Properly Swaddling Your Baby: