Why You Should Swaddle Your Baby

Swaddling has been practiced by a lot of parents even many decades ago. Experienced parents can attest to the benefits swaddling could provide to your little one especially on the quality of sleep your baby gets. For new parents, swaddling may feel like a challenging art of bundling up a baby.

It can be confusing especially when you’re still practicing but once you get the hang of it, you can easily do it in just a short time. Aside from better sleep for baby, you can also enjoy the extra time you have to get rest as well.

Here are some of the essential things you need to know before swaddling your little one.

Benefits of Swaddling

Swaddling your baby might feel like an added task. However, the benefits you and your baby can get from it is definitely worth the extra effort. Swaddling helps babies sleep better by imitating the tight feeling inside the womb which could help keep your baby calmer and more relaxed. Aside from that, it also helps minimize the impact of baby’s natural startle reflex.

It also keeps a baby safe while sleeping since swaddling keeps him lying down on his back and keeps the hands off from other things that might harm a little baby such as blankets, stuffed animals, pillows, and other things. You could surely get more time to rest too when your baby is sleeping longer.

Steps in Swaddling a Baby

First of all, you need to have several swaddles ready for this. Since babies’ soil linens more frequently, you might need to replace wraps several times a day when needed. If it’s your first time swaddling a baby, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it properly.

  • First, you need to spread out the swaddling blanket flat on a surface. Set it on a diamond shape with the bottom tip pointing to your direction.
  • Next, get the top of the blanket and fold it down to create a triangular shape. Get your baby and place him on top of the blanket with his shoulders just a little bit below the fold you made.
  • Then, arrange baby’s right arm on his side and be sure that it is slightly bent. Pull up the blanket on the right side and wrap it over your baby. Tuck in the ends under your baby’s body.
  • After arranging the right arm, pull the bottom edge of the swaddle over your baby’s feet up to the chest. If the blanket is long, you could tuck in the extra cloth under baby’s shoulder.
  • Grab the remaining blanket at the left side and wrap it over your baby’s left arm and body.

Just keep practicing and you’ll get those steps easily like a pro in no time.

Swaddling has numerous benefits, not only for baby but also for you. Practice swaddling now and later on you could do it step-by-step even without looking at it or even when you just woke up in the middle of the night.

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