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Top 3 Swaddling Techniques & Safe Swaddling

 

Swaddling is a practice that has a history that goes back thousands of years and is still used by many parents today who find it helps to calm their baby and send them into a more peaceful sleep. With this in mind, let’s take a look at why swaddling is beneficial for your baby and the three best swaddling techniques.

What are the Benefits of Swaddling a Baby?

Although there hasn’t been much real research into the effects of swaddling a baby, many parents have found that swaddling their baby has helped to calm them so that they will settle into a longer and deeper sleep. Swaddling is also thought to prevent babies from waking themselves up as a result of their startle reflex. As they are wrapped up gently in a blanket, they are less likely to be woken by their own movements.

A swaddle can also be comforting for babies as it can feel like an extension of the womb. Your baby’s first three months of life is an important transition period, and a swaddle makes them feel more secure, just as they would in your third trimester of pregnancy. 

3 Best Swaddle Techniques

Swaddling can play a key part in ensuring your baby sleeps soundly and safely, but if you don’t know how to swaddle properly, you may not see all the benefits. To help you swaddle correctly every time, we’ll guide you step-by-step through three of the best swaddle techniques to make your baby feel comfortable, secure, and safe.

Technique #1

Step 1: Lay your swaddle blanket on a flat surface (a clean floor is typically the safest place) in a diamond shape.

Step 2: Turn the top point of the diamond down so create a flat edge at the top and smooth it down.

Step 3: Place your baby gently on the blanket, on their back, so their shoulders are along the flat folded edge.

Step 4: Hold your baby’s right arm gently down by their side. Wrap the same side of the swaddle up and over the right arm, across their front, and over to their left side, tucking the excess snugly underneath their back.

Step 5: Take the bottom corner of the swaddle up and towards your baby’s shoulders, tucking it into the top of the swaddle to secure.

Step 6: Hold your baby’s left arm gently down by their side. Wrap the same side of the swaddle up and over the left arm, across their front, and over to their right side, tucking under their back. Make sure their neck and face are uncovered and that you haven’t swaddled them too tightly – it should be a hug, not a straight jacket! Your baby is now swaddled safely!

Technique #2

Step 1: Lay your swaddle on a flat surface, positioned as a diamond shape, and fold down the top corner to form a flat edge.

Step 2: Place your baby on its back on top of the swaddle, with the base of their neck just where the fold is.

Step 3: Hold your baby’s right arm by its side and take the left corner of the blanket over your baby’s right arm, over their body, and tuck under the baby’s back, leaving the left arm free.

Step 4: Ensure that your baby can still bend their legs/hips both up and out.

Step 5: Hold your baby’s left arm by its side and take the bottom corner of the swaddle up and over their left shoulder, tucking any excess around your baby’s left arm.

Step 6: Bring the right corner of the swaddle across your baby’s front, ensuring it is taught but not too tight, and tuck the corner under your baby’s back. That’s it – simply check that you haven’t swaddled too tightly and their face and neck are uncovered, and you’re good to go!

Technique #3

Step 1: Lay your swaddle on the floor in a diamond and fold it into a triangle.

Step 2: Place your baby gently in the centre of the triangle with the shoulders just under the fold.

Step 3: Hold your baby’s right arm beside their body, slightly bent. Bring the same side of the swaddle across your baby’s front, with the right arm under the fabric, and tuck under your baby’s back, with the left arm free.

Step 4: Take the bottom corner of the swaddle up over your baby’s feet and tuck into the top of the already folded swaddle.

Step 5: Hold your baby’s left arm beside their body, slightly bent. Bring the same side of the swaddle securely across your baby’s front, and tuck under their back. Simple as that!

*Safe Swaddling*

  • Do not place the swaddle above the shoulders
  • Never put a swaddled baby down on their front
  • Be sure not to swaddle too tight
  • Remember to check your baby's temperature to ensure they are not too hot
  • Stop swaddling once your baby shows signs of rolling
  • Do not leave your baby swaddled unattended or overnight