How To Swaddle A Baby Properly

Bring Comfort and Warmth To The Little One.

Now that your child is born you have to be a good parent, and that means much work! Nevertheless, we are here to help you out with your endeavor, and so we will teach you to make a swaddle to keep your baby comfortable and warm.

  • History Of Swaddling

Swaddling is an ancient practice of wrapping your child in blankets or cloth to restrict movement of the baby, keeping it safe and warm.

This practice had popularity because it was thought it would prevent physical deformities. As such, babies were swaddled until about 8 or 9 months with linen bands from head to toe.

However, this particular way of swaddling fell out of favor in the 17th century as doctors at the time saw swaddling as a technique that restricted the movement of the child, making his body tender and unable to bear pressure.

Nevertheless, the ancient way of swaddling was eventually replaced by a more friendly way involving cotton blankets and specialized baby swaddles. The popularity of swaddling was grown as a means to soothe irritable infants, and to help the baby sleep more.

  • How to Properly Swaddle your Baby

It is imperative to swaddle your child correctly because if you wrap it very tightly, his blood flow can be affected. Also, you must make sure the swaddle is done in such a way that the baby can move his legs freely at the hip, allowing for proper hip development. For this, use a large blanket.

You also must be aware of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) that is occurs when an entirely healthy baby suddenly dies from suffocation. To prevent this do not: Swaddle your baby too tight as I mentioned above; Swaddle a pacifier into your child’s mouth; Keep it laid on his back; Use a firm mattress in the baby’s crib; Remove excess pillows and stuffed animals from the crib.

As such, you are ready and informed to begin swaddling your baby.

Firstly, lay down a thin blanket on a flat surface and arrange it in a diamond shape. Ensure the black is very thin, so the baby does not overheat.

Secondly, fold down the top corner of the blanket making the fold as same as the child is tall.

Thirdly, lay down the baby ensuring that his neck is in the fold. Make sure the baby’s head and body are properly supported when you do this.

Gently place one of the arms parallel to the child’s body and hold it, then pull one of the blanket corners (the same as the arm you are holding) to the other side of the body and tuck it underneath the baby.

After that, place the other arm parallel to the body, same as before, and pull the bottom corner of the blanket to the center of his shoulders, tucking it behind the baby’s left shoulder. Leave room in the legs to allow free movement within the swaddle.

Finally, pull the remaining corner over your baby’s front tucking it under the baby’s back.

Congratulations! You now have properly swaddle your child making him warm and, most importantly, safe. This cozy little swaddle you have done for him will get him to sleep much better and peacefully

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