Baby Swaddling 101Molly Thornberg
Swaddling a baby to soothe him is one of the first things I learned to do as a mother. Right after our first baby was born, the nurse gave us a quick “how to wrap your baby like a burrito”. We were instantly amazed at how wrapping a child in a blanket tightly could have so many benefits.
The Benefits of Baby Swaddling
By swaddling your baby, you are helping your child feel more secure and safe. Swaddling works best in whats known as the fourth trimester, the first 3-4 months after your baby is born. Other benefits include regulating your baby’s body temperature, helping reduce crying — especially with babies with colic and/or reflux, and helping your baby sleep.
Not all babies like being swaddled. The time period that a child enjoys being bundled up varies. Our oldest was swaddled for the first 8 or so months. Our next 2 children spent the first few months swaddled before no longer enjoying it. After the first few months of life, we found it best to swaddle loosely allowing the babies to have access to their hands.
How to Swaddle
Watch this short video on how to swaddle a baby.
Step-by-Step Baby Swaddling Instructions
- Find a good swaddling blanket. Square and lightweight is best. We have fallen in love with the Aden and Anais blankets.
- Lay the blanket in a diamond shape.
- Fold the top corner down.
- Place the baby on the blanket’s fold.
- Pull one side of the blanket across your baby and tuck under the opposite arm. We tuck the baby’s arms in the pocket created by the fold, but this isn’t required.
- Fold the bottom of the blanket over your baby’s feet and tuck behind your baby’s shoulder.
- Pull the remaining corner of the blanket across your baby’s chest and tuck underneath.
Ta-da! Now you have a (hopefully happy) swaddled baby!