5 Steps to Properly and Safely Swaddle Your Baby

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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!

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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: