Swaddling is a practice in which babies are wrapped securely in a blanket. Parents often use receiving blankets for this purpose or blankets specifically made for swaddling. The benefits of swaddling include keeping babies warm, providing them with comfort and preventing the startle reflex, which can wake them up. Parents may wish to swaddle their newborn during both sleep and wakeful times. Around 1 month of age, reserving the swaddle for naps and bedtime allows babies to explore their surroundings when they are awake.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Lay the Swaddle Me on a safe, flat surface such as the floor or a bed. Ensure that the pouch is facing up and the wings are spread out.
Place your baby on her back on top of the Swaddle Me so that her shoulders are aligned with the top of the blanket. Place her legs inside the pouch.
Pull the leftwing over your baby's chest and tuck it around his arm. Open the patch underneath the leftwing and attach the Velcro to the top of the pouch.
Pull the rightwing over the leftwing. Attach the Velcro tabs on the rightwing to the patch on the leftwing.
Tips and warnings
- Babies vary in their preferences for a snug or more loosely wrapped swaddle. Respond to your baby's cues and adjust the swaddle accordingly.
- Some babies do not respond favourably to being swaddled. They may also resist being swaddled as they get older. Accommodate your baby's specific needs.
- Make sure the wings are not too tight across your baby's chest, which can restrict breathing.
- Check the label to ensure you use the correct Swaddle Me size for your baby's weight.
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