How to Swaddle a Baby

There are many ways you can hold your baby. Do it the right by learning the ABCs of swaddling your newborn.


Infants under 2 months of age find swaddling very soothing because it reminds them of the snug feeling of being in the womb. If your baby is fussy, you may find that swaddling will calm her down. Choose a level, firm surface that is wide enough that your baby can't wiggle off. Lay the blanket down so that it's shaped like a diamond with one of the corners pointing toward you. Fold the top corner down to about a quarter of the way towards the center of the blanket, and put baby on her back with her head above the fold of the blanket. Your newborn will prefer to be wrapped with her arms tightly by her sides, but make sure her legs have room to move up and out at the hips. Wrapping the lower body too snugly may contribute to a condition known as hip dysplasia. Think of each corner of the blanket as a time on the clock with baby's head at 12. Take the 9 o'clock corner and wrap it around baby's right arm and belly, tucking it firmly under her back. Pull the 6 o'clock flap above baby's left shoulder and tuck it under. Take the final 3 o'clock flap. Wrap it around baby's left arm, belly, around the back and return to the front, tucking the loose end in the top fold on baby's front. Presto! Your very own baby burrito.

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