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How To Swaddle

Posted by in Tuesday, June 16th 2009

How to Swaddle

Step 1:Spread blanket and place your baby in the middle, up high, with his head touching the top edge.

 Step 2:
Pull the left side of the blanket snugly in a diagonal direction across your baby’s body. Make sure his right arm is wrapped close to his body. Securely tuck the blanket under his bottom.

Step 3:
Bring the bottom of the blanket up and fold the edge over as much as needed to adjust for size (as your baby grows, you will be folding over less). Then pull the right corner of the blanket across your baby’s body, securing his left arm near his body and tuck the blanket under his bottom.

Step 4:
There will be two remaining flaps. For a secure bundle, tuck the flaps under baby’s back between the two fabrics or tie the flaps to make a beautiful bow.

Important Helpful Hints
Wrap baby in a natural position, which is with his arms bent at the elbow, knees and hips bent.  Knees should be in an abducted (apart) position.  This allows for hip and knee movement which is important for proper joint development and growth.  If baby’s hands are placed on chest, within reach of mouth, baby may self-soothe by sucking on hands and fingers.  Infant researchers strongly recommend that babies always have access to the hands for self-consoling.

Wrap baby snugly, but not so tightly as to impede baby’s breathing.  The wrap should be snug, but you should still be able to slide your hand between the blanket and your baby’s chest.  It should feel snug, not loose.

Wrap securely.  Tuck last corner in to secure wrap.  Do not use loose blanket with unattended baby.

Avoid having the blanket touch baby’s cheek.  This can stimulate baby’s rooting response and wake her.

Always place baby on his or her back to sleep.

Be careful not to over bundle your baby
Baby will be warmer when wrapped and you should be careful not to over bundle your baby.  Signs of overheating include sweating, damp hair, heat rash, rapid breathing and sometimes fever.  Dress your baby according to the temperature and adjust her layers as the temperature changes.  Young babies are unable to regulate their body temperature so caregivers have an important role in keeping baby safely warm.  A good rule of thumb, according to the American Academy of Paediatrics is to dress the baby in one more layer of clothing than you are wearing to be comfortable in in the same environment.  Sometimes a baby’s hands or feet are cool due to their immature blood circulation, and that is considered okay, as long as their chest, tummy and back feel warm, but not sweaty or cold.

“Unless the temperature is hot (over 75 degrees Fahrenheit), your newborn will need se
veral layers of clothing to keep her warm.  It’s generally best to dress her in an undershirt an diapers, covered by pyjamas or a dressing gown, and then wrapped in a receiving blanket.  (If your baby is premature, she may need still another layer of clothing until her weight reaches that of a full-term baby and her body is better able to adjust to changes in temperature.)  In hot weather you can reduce her clothing to a single layer, but be sure to cover her when in air-conditioned surroundings or near drafts.”  The American Academy of Paediatrics – The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Caring for Your Baby and Young Child.

Most paediatricians recommend the room temperature where your baby sleeps be 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit.


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