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Swaddling

Sometimes, when your baby is fussy, it's hard to know exactly what she wants. Well, the answer may lie in one of the 25 receiving blankets you got as shower gifts.

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-Hey everybody, I'm Julie. Welcome to Baby Basics. Sometimes when your baby is fussy, it's hard to know exactly what to do. Is she hungry? Is she tired? It may seem like a mystery to new parents. What to do? Well, the answer may lie one of the 25 receiving blankets you got as shower gifts. So, you've changed her diaper, fed her, burped her, and held her and she's still crying. Well, your baby spent 9 months in a cozy snug space and the outside world can be overwhelming at first. Well, Dr. Harvey Karp, Parents Magazine adviser and author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, says recreating that womb-like environment may help calm your fussy baby and even soothe her into a deep sleep. If you're trying Dr. Karp's method, position a large square blanket like a diamond and fold the top corner down. Put your baby on the blanket so her neck is on the top edge. Now, hold her right arm down at her side and pull the blanket down over her shoulder and snuggly across her body, tucking it under her lower back. It's very important to remove all the slack and stretch the fabric tight. Straighten baby's left arm, bringing the bottom of the blanket up and over her left shoulder and arm and then tuck the blanket under her. Now, pull the blanket down just a tiny bit over baby's shoulder and hold that little piece of blanket down while pulling the last corner across. Stretch the blanket and remove the slack while you're doing this and now bring this piece around baby's body like a belt right around her forearms to hold them down at her sides. The end of the blanket should reach around to the front where you can tightly tuck it in. Swaddling really isn't difficult, but it does take some practice. You may wanna try it on a doll before you deliver and bring your baby home. The most important thing to remember is to make sure the blanket's tight so your baby really feels secure. If she cocks out and sleeps an extra hour or two, so will you. Need more advice on how to care for your newborn? Check out our other informative Baby Basics videos. Also, if you want some information on any of the fabulous furniture you saw in our nursery, go to e-giggle.com. Thanks for watching Baby Basics on Parents TV, your source for the best information for your growing family.