New born babies are used to feeling a gentle pressure on their bodies that is normal inside the womb. This is not unlike the feeling that a baby gets when he is properly swaddled. However, swaddling is indeed a daunting task for most new mothers. While a proper swaddle is the secret to calming a fussy baby (almost every time), the proper swaddle isn’t an easy thing to do. So we are here to help you out with how to swaddle your baby!
Here are 9 steps on how to swaddle your baby safely:
Place 1 or 2 blankets and lay them out in a diamond shape
Next lay your baby on the blankets
Take a single side and you can either wrap this around the baby’s hand
Now while holding the other side of the blanket tight
Now take the bottom of the blanket, and fold over
Fold the bottom up to the chest of the baby
Now take the remaining side and fold over the baby
Gently, tuck underneath the baby
Repeat with the other blanket till you have a snug swaddle
In this tutorial you will learn the right technique to do it, so that your baby feels nice and secure, and she or he is not able to wiggle or kick free of the swaddle either. Another thing you need to keep in mind is that if you swaddle your baby the wrong way, in other words, if the swaddling is too tight, this can actually harm your baby’s delicate bones and joints. So it is essential to figure out the right way to do it.
And we are here to help you with just that…
The right newborn swaddling technique
Step 5: Now take the bottom of the blanket, and fold over, remember to leave some room for the baby to kick her legs. This is what will ensure that you do not injure the baby’s hips and cause hip dysplasia.
The whole technique of swaddling, as we mentioned earlier, is aimed at keeping your baby feeling snug and secure. It can also keep your baby feeling warm. Since the feeling closely resembles the warmth, tightness and pressure that the baby felt in the womb, this usually leads to the baby becoming calm and settling down, especially for sleep. However, in case your baby is still a little fussy, there are a number of other things you can do afterwards to calm and comfort your baby. These include the way to hold the baby, rock the baby and croon to the baby.
And instead of trying to explain those, we’ll let this experienced pediatrician demonstrate it for you. And of course, do be sure to check out the actual swaddling
technique in action as well!
And so there you have it – your complete guide to how to swaddle your baby and how to soothe and comfort her. While the nurse at the hospital did demonstrate some of it to you before you were discharged, this guide can only help you further! So work with your baby, be gentle and soon you will have worked it out just fine!