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Swaddling a Baby

Swaddling Tips for baby

Swaddling a baby is one of the most intimidating things for a new parent. The nurses at the hospital make it look so simple, efficiently and tightly bundling your new baby in a way that leaves you in awe. Then you leave the hospital and try to duplicate their efforts, only to have leftover corners of fabric in some places and not enough fabric in other places to keep the swaddle secure. Baby kicks out of swaddle. Baby 1 - Parent 0.

Lost when it comes to swaddling a baby? Before attempting to swaddle you first need to be familiar with the natural position that you want the swaddle to maintain. A baby's natural position (and necessary for proper hip and leg development and to allow baby to pass gas efficiently) is with legs slightly flexed and slightly apart, arms at the side but bent at the elbow so he can access his thumbs. The legs should not be bound so tightly that your baby cannot flex them up to resolve gas adn his hands should be crossed on his chest. Whether you want him to be a thumb sucker or not, it is an important self-soothing technique that many babies demonstrate while in the womb and you should not deny your baby this natural reflex. It in no way means they will develop a habit of thumb-sucking.

Swaddling tips for swaddling a baby courtesy of Swaddle Designs, makers of the Ultimate Swaddle Blanket that we proudly recommend, the only swaddle blanket that we recommend.

Swaddling a Baby

Swaddling a Baby - Step 1

Place your infant swaddle blanket on a flat surface in front of you so that it looks like a diamond. The fabric is woven so that it will stretch correctly when you use this diamond position. Fold the top corner down about 6 inches. Place your baby onto the center of the blanket with his head just above the fold.

Swaddling a Baby - Step 2

Pull the blanket corner on your left across your baby's arms on his chest. Tuck the corner snugly underneath your baby.

Swaddling a Baby - Step 3

Lift the bottom corner of the infant swaddle blanket up over your baby's body and left shoulder, tucking it under his left shoulder.

Swaddling a Baby - Step 4

Take the infant swaddle blanket corner on your right across your baby's front, around his back and up over the left shoulder. Tuck the corner into the folded blanket by his left shoulder, securing the swaddle.

Your swaddle should be snug but not overly tight. Always avoid loose blankets in bed with your baby and be sure the blanket does not touch his cheek, which can stimulate his rooting response and wake him.

Preemie Swaddling

The Ultimate Swaddle Blanket will work well either when swaddling a preemie or an older baby. The simplicity of of design makes this the most flexible swaddle blanket we know. For preemie swaddling follow the same steps above. It's even more critical with preemies to help regulate their temperatures and keep only natural products close to their skin and lungs. The Ultimate Swaddle Blanket is made from 100% cotton in the USA and even comes in organic cotton. It's the perfect swaddle blanket for your preemie and you'll be using it long after your baby's first birthday as a nursing or stroller cover and a cherished blankie.

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