Swaddling: The Baby Sleep Secret
Correct swaddling is key. Done too loosely, it won’t be calming. Done too tightly around the lower body, it could interfere with hip mobility and development; we are going to lay out swaddling instructions for you, step by step.
Here’s how to swaddle your baby, safely and effectively:
- Lay blanket out in a diamond shape, folding the top point down.
- Place baby on his back in center of blanket, head above the fold.
- Lay baby's right arm straight alongside the body.
- Bring right point of blanket over the body while lifting baby's left arm.
- Tuck blanket snugly behind baby's left side of body.
- Lower baby's left arm, bring left point of blanket over the body and tuck snugly under baby's let side.
- Finally, tuck bottom point of blanket below legs, allowing some room for movement of the hips.
A few essential baby swaddling tips to help your baby sleep:
- Use a thin blanket to avoid overheating, known as hyperthermia.
- Keep baby in light clothing; summertime babies can wear just a diaper.
- Lay baby on his back and avoid additional blankets.
- Warm ears and a sweaty neck are signs of hyperthermia; if you see these signs, remove baby's clothing, and re-swaddle.