Swaddling: The Baby Sleep Secret

swaddled baby in a knitted hat

The secret to keeping your little bundle of joy feeling happy, cozy, secure and sleeping is swaddling.

Swaddling — a method of wrapping infants that’s both ancient and modern. This practice, used worldwide for thousands of years, is also endorsed by today’s leading baby experts.

“Tight swaddling is the cornerstone of calming, the essential first step in soothing your fussy baby and keeping him soothed,” says Harvey Karp, M.D., a renowned pediatrician and the author of The Happiest Baby on the Block.

Swaddling soothes newborns and helps babies sleep because it mimics the safe environment of the womb. Numerous studies have shown that when done properly, this technique offers babies many health benefits:

  • Swaddling baby calms the nervous system and reduces crying.
  • Swaddling baby allows her to fall asleep more easily and stay asleep longer.
  • Swaddling baby helps her retain body heat so she stays warm and comfortable.
  • Swaddling baby aids in recovery from painful stimuli, such as shots.Swaddling baby lowers the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

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  1. Profile photo of Sharlyne Sharlyne says:

    This is great! We’ve got a long way to go before we try this, but I can’t wait to see if it works with our little one! I couldn’t help but chuckle when watching the video and the fussy little girl calmed down almost immediately. So cute!

  2. Profile photo of Vidya Vidya says:

    swaddling is fine for a newborn but once the baby starts moving the hands and legs, it is impossible to swaddle. My 11 week old, comes out of his swaddle as soon as we do that:(

  3. Profile photo of Jocelin Jocelin says:

    Swaddled was hard because he was a 8 pound baby. He love it fell asleep.

  4. Profile photo of suzie0414 suzie0414 says:

    Hopefully this works for me, I love sleep more then the average person so hopefully baby does too.

  5. Profile photo of Sidrah Sidrah says:

    My little one hates being swaddled!

  6. Profile photo of Amy Amy says:

    My son never stayed swaddled he always broke out.

  7. My daughter loves it, however she has learned how to wiggle out of it.

  8. Profile photo of Jblair12 Jblair12 says:

    this would take quite a bit of practice for me to actually get this right. but the guy in the video he seems to be a real pro at it

  9. my daughter loved it until she was about 2 months old and she is so hyper that it all comes undone so i guess my little one is different and i’m alright with that 🙂

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  11. Profile photo of Michelle Michelle says:

    My baby loved being swaddled until around 5.5 months, then she wanted to stop. We wanted her to stop as well because of her rolling around! 🙂

  12. That was the cutest video i have ever seen 🙂

  13. Profile photo of sej518 sej518 says:

    Awesome video and article. I have about 20 days left and this will definitely come in handy 🙂

  14. Profile photo of Amanda Amanda says:

    My son is 4m and loves it, either the swaddleme blanket thing or a good ole blanket. Best thing we could’ve learned before leaving the NICU.

  15. Profile photo of Maria Maria says:

    My 3 month old little girl, won’t sleep if she is not swaddled. Not sure if it’s safe to continue doing it..any ideas?

  16. Profile photo of herrera herrera says:

    This Is The Only Way My Son Will Sleep. If I Don’t Swaddle Him, He Will Not Sleep Right.

  17. Profile photo of tammy tammy says:

    loving the baby pictures! adorable

  18. Profile photo of Angela Angela says:

    LOVE the tips!

  19. Profile photo of wade72 wade72 says:

    Oh FINALLY!!! Hopeful my daughter will sleep through tonight. Thank you for the video of "how to swaddle the newborn"!

  20. Profile photo of Deee Deee says:

    Thanks for this sooo much.

  21. Profile photo of Peggy Peggy says:

    Good tips, thank you!!!

  22. Profile photo of Kerry Kerry says:

    I LOVE SWADDLING that is the only way i got my daughter to sleep through the night! Its amazing how keeping your baby wrapped up nice and tight will keep them sleeping!

  23. Profile photo of marylove marylove says:

    Both my sons loved to be swaddled! I hope my third will love it as much!

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