Swaddling mimics the warmth and comfort of the womb, soothing newborns. Swaddle a baby by placing the little one in a blanket and safely wrapping the baby. Always place a swaddled baby on his back to sleep. Swaddling should be discontinued once the baby learns to roll onto his stomach.
- Set the blanket for the baby
To start the swaddling process, lay out a large, thin blanket. Fold over the top corner slightly and then place baby on the blanket with his head just above the folded corner.
- Fold the first corner over the baby
Take one of the side corners of the blanket, and fold it over the baby, tucking it in tightly underneath.
- Wrap the feet
Pick up the bottom corner of the blanket, and place it over the baby, bring sure to leave a bit of room for his feet to move around. Wrapping the legs too tightly can lead to conditions such as hip dysplasia. Wrapping a newborn too tightly can also lead to overheating or respiratory infection.
- Finish the swaddle
Pick up the remaining corner of the blanket, and cross it over the baby's body. Tuck it underneath, leaving only the head and neck exposed.