How to Swaddle Your Baby in 5 Easy Steps

How to Swaddle Your Baby in 5 Easy Steps

Are you a new-born parent? Congratulations for the new chapter in your life! it is natural to feel overwhelmed when you bring your new-born home. You are still trying to understand why your baby is crying. That’s ok. You are also new to this. From feeding to sleeping, you want to make sure your baby is comfortable and safe. Here’s how swaddling can help you to calm your baby.

 

Is swaddling a new trend?  

One of the oldest and most popular methods for calming a baby is swaddling. Swaddling is the practice of wrapping your baby in a blanket or cloth in a way that keeps them warm, snug and secure. It has been practiced for centuries, and is still done by many parents today. It is believed that swaddling helps to imitate the snugness of the womb, allowing babies to calm and soothe themselves. Experts believe there are many benefits to swaddling. It has been known to help babies sleep for longer periods and reduce crying.  
 

But what do the experts say about swaddling? Is it safe? What are the benefits? Here’s what the experts want you to know about swaddling your baby.  

 
 

To ensure that you are swaddling safely and correctly, here are a few expert tips:

1. Choose the right blanket: 

Look for a lightweight, breathable material such as muslin or a swaddle blanket. Avoid heavy materials such as wool or fleece as these can become too warm and may increase the risk of Sudden infant death syndrome also known as SIDS.

 

2. Don’t swaddle too tightly: 

Experts also urge parents to make sure their baby’s arms and legs are not too tightly wrapped. Leave room for movement, especially around the hips. Swaddling too tightly can restrict the baby’s movement, leading to hip dysplasia. Make sure you can fit a hand between the blanket and your baby’s chest and have enough room for them to move their legs and arms as well.  


 3. Check the temperature:

 It is important to keep in mind that the baby’s room is at a comfortable temperature. Swaddling in a warm environment could lead to overheating or dehydration. Their face should be uncovered and keep in check that breathing is not restricted. Swaddling can also help your baby settle and relax, and make it easier for both of you to get a good night’s sleep.  

 
4. Avoid swaddling for too long:

As your baby grows, their need for swaddling decreases. Make sure to monitor your baby’s reaction to swaddling, and gradually reduce the amount of swaddling as they get older. Experts also suggest that parents should only use swaddling for the first 12 weeks of a baby’s life, as after this time, babies have mastered the skill of rolling. Stop swaddling once your baby has started rolling. The timeline is different for everyone. It can be around 2-3 months. Additionally, swaddling for too long can lead to hip issues in later life.  

 
 

Remember, experts caution that swaddling isn’t for every baby. Some babies may find it restrictive and uncomfortable, so it’s important to pay attention to your baby’s cues. If your baby seems distressed when swaddled, stop right away and try something else.  
 

We understand that being a new parent can be a daunting task and there’s a lot to consider when it comes to your baby’s wellbeing. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to keep up with all the rules and advice. But when it comes to swaddling, you can trust the experts to guide you. Just remember to choose the right materials, don’t wrap too tightly, and stop once your baby can roll over. With these tips in mind, you can enjoy the many benefits of swaddling your little one. 

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