How to Swaddle Your Baby

Swaddling is essential the first few days, weeks and months for a newborn. After birth, they are exposed to the world and swaddling helps make them feel warm, tight and secure – how they felt in the womb. A tight swaddle also inhibits their startle reflex, thereby preventing them from waking up from leg or arm movements. Learning how to do a tight swaddle is important because a loose blanket can be dangerous if they get unswaddled and their face getting covered by the blanket.

The first step in swaddling is choosing the right blanket. A large, muslin blanket (light cotton – Aden & Anais or any other brand) is ideal or any thin blanket because a thick, heavy blanket can cause your baby to overheat.

Swaddling Steps:

  1. Start by folding the top corner of a blanket down to form a triangle. Place your baby in the center, with her head just above the fold. Her shoulders should be below the fold.
  2. Place your baby’s right arm (slightly bent at the elbow) flat against her body. Take the left side of the wrap and bring it across your baby’s chest. Tuck the edge of the wrap under her body.
  3. Fold the bottom of the wrap up and over your baby’s feet, tucking the fabric into the top of the swaddle.
  4. Place your baby’s left arm (slightly bent) flat against her body. Take the right side of the wrap and bring it across your baby’s chest, tucking the excess fabric under her body.
Caution – it is not recommended to swaddle after the baby’s first 60 days because it restricts natural movement. An altered version, leaving the arms exposed is ideal after 60 days.