• Swaddling Your Baby

    Swaddling is the act of snugly wrapping your baby to help her feel safe and secure, reminiscent of her experience in your warm womb.

  • Before swaddling your baby, check that she isn’t hungry or wet. Do not cover her face or head as she may overheat. If your baby is swaddled, she won’t usually need another blanket on top.
     
    The Way to Swaddle
    1. Place a cotton cot sheet on a flat surface and fold down the top right corner about six inches.
    2. Place your baby on her back with her head on the fold.
    3. Pull the corner near your baby’s left hand across her body, and tuck the leading edge under her right arm and around under her back.
    4. Pull the bottom corner up under your baby’s chin.
    5. Bring the right-hand corner over and tuck it under her back on the left side. Some babies prefer to have their arms free, so you may like to swaddle your baby under the arms so she has access to her hands and fingers.
    TIP
    Discontinue swaddling when your baby is about a month old because it may interfere with her mobility and development. When baby starts to kick off her covers, it means that she no longer wants to be bundled snugly.

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