HOW TO SWADDLE?
Swaddling the right way may seem a little daunting, but wrapping up your baby only takes a few steps. Here's how to do it:
1, Lay the muslin on a flat surface, fold it half to create a triangle. Place your baby on his back with his neck on the fold.
2, Straighten your baby's right arm. Then take the right side of the muslin and wrap it over her right arm and chest. Tuck the muslin underneath his other arm and back.
3, Fold the bottom corner of the muslin up over the baby's body and tuck it under the baby's chin. Make sure you keep the hips loose.
4, Straighten your baby's left arm and pull the left side of the muslin over your baby's body and tuck it under his right side.
The key to swaddling safely is making sure you're doing it correctly and in accordance with other safe sleep guidelines. If you can't fit two or three fingers between the blanket and your child, it may be too tight. It's also important that the pressure is in the right place. Swaddling too tightly around the hips can lead to hip dysplasia. To keep your baby safe, make sure they aren’t getting overheated while swaddled. Remove a layer underneath if need be. Finally, if your baby seems to prefer having her arms free, it’s fine to leave them out of the swaddle.
If you are unsure whether you are doing it the right way ask your health visitor or the baby’s pediatrician.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
- A swaddle helps your baby feel safe and secure as she adjusts to life outside the womb.
- Swaddling helps prevent her from flailing her arms or her legs, which can trigger his startle reflex.
- Swaddling your baby can put gentle pressure on their abdomen helping to ease symptoms of colic
- A swaddle keeps baby cozy and warm until is internal thermostat kicks into gear.
- Swaddling can help baby sleep better.
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