Do you want to make a fussy infant feel at ease and secure? Swaddling is a centuries-old practice that imitates the womb’s environment, and all you need is a blanket and some smart folding. Your infant will undoubtedly be content, warm, and happy. To reduce any potential risks to your infant, use safe swaddling techniques.
Doing The Basics
1. Make a flat platform for the blanket. Place the blanket on a safe, level surface like your bed or a padded floor. Make a diamond shape out of it.
- At least 40 by 40 inches (100 cm x 100 cm) is required for the blanket. It’s preferable if you can find a blanket made expressly for swaddling.
- A light, breathable material, such as muslin cotton, is ideal for the blanket. This will protect your infant from becoming overheated, which is especially important if you live in a hot climate.
- You can buy a specifically designed swaddler with Velcro closures that keep the flaps in place for easy swaddling. Make sure you get one that’s the right size and age for your child.
2. Fold the blanket’s top corner down.
Fold the top corner of the blanket over once it’s been stretched out. Instead of being below the blanket, the folded corner should be on top of it.
- The folded corner will assist you in placing the infant.
- With three corners on the sides and bottom and a flat region on top, your blanket should resemble the outline of a cartoon drawing of a gem or the Superman symbol
3. Place the baby face-up on the blanket.
Place the baby on their back on the blanket, with their head above the blanket’s folded top border. Maintain the baby’s position on the blanket. If your infant is still very young, make sure their head and body are appropriately supported.
- It’s critical to keep your baby facing up and to position them so that their face isn’t covered by the blanket after you swaddle them.
4. Placing your baby’s left arm at their side is a good idea. Straighten your baby’s left arm slowly and cautiously. Place it down their left side of the body and keep it there gently.
- You can also fold their arm across their chest, as if they were in the womb. If your baby’s arms are bent, they may be able to wriggle free.
5. Pull the wrap to the right side of the baby’s body. Pull the blanket’s corner across the baby’s body on their left side (your right) and tuck it under their back on their right side, just below their right armpit.
- The blanket should be tucked in tight enough to keep the baby’s left arm at their side secure.
6. Place the baby’s right arm in the appropriate position. As you did with the left arm, gently position the baby’s right arm at their side and hold it in place. The corner of the blanket you folded over will now be stuck between the baby’s right arm and the right side of their body.
- If you choose, you can fold their right arm across their chest, but keep in mind that this will make it simpler for the baby to get out of the wrap.
7. Tuck the blanket’s opposite side beneath the baby’s left side.Pull the blanket across the baby’s body from the corner on their right (your left). On the baby’s left side, tuck it below their body.
- Your baby’s upper body should now be wrapped softly but firmly, and both arms should be secured securely in place.
- Check that 2 or 3 fingers can fit between the baby’s chest and the blanket. If not, you’ll have to unwrap the swaddle and rewrap it a little looser.
8. Close the swaddling at the bottom.th the baby’s left side. Cover the baby’s feet by loosely folding or twisting the blanket’s bottom. Take the loose end and tuck it underneath one or both of the baby’s legs.
- Alternatively, before pulling the opposite half of the blanket across the baby’s torso, fold up the bottom corner of the blanket over the baby’s feet.
- Important: Make sure the baby’s legs and feet have plenty of room to move around inside the swaddle. Overheating and, in the long run, hip dysplasia will be avoided.
Another method of Swaddling the baby is (Swaddling Safely)