It’s also a good idea to try swaddling your baby in a blanket, which provides womb-like comfort and security, keeps them from being awakened by their startle reflex, and gives them a little extra warmth. While they make special blankets especially for swaddling, you can achieve the same affect with a regular lightweight blanket by rolling it like a burrito:
- Lay the blanket flat on a bed or other safe, flat surface in a diamond shape. Fold the top corner down about 6 inches.
- Place the baby on his or her back, so his or her head is above the fold.
- Holding your baby’s right arm to his or her side, pull the left corner across his or her body and then tuck it under the rightside of his or her back.
- Pull the bottom corner up over his or her feet and tuck into the fabric stretched across his or her chest.
- Holding your baby’s left arm to his or her side, bring the last corner across your baby’s body and tuck under the leftside.
- Tip: Lightweight flannel blankets are great to use because the fibers stick together well.
Some babies are instantly soothed by a swaddle, while other babies resist the lack of freedom. If your baby doesn’t seem happy, try wrapping him with his arms outside of the blanket.