Swaddling your baby is a way of providing security and warmth for your little one by wrapping them in a thin cotton blanket or cotton muslin. An ancient technique used for centuries, it’s said to mimic the way they feel inside the womb, helping them to feel comfortable as they get used to their new surroundings. Being tucked up in this way prevents your baby’s arms moving around too freely and avoids them startling themselves awake.
Whether or not to swaddle your baby is entirely your own choice, and lots of parents prefer to leave their baby’s arms outside of the blankets so they can move around as they like – just do whatever you feel is right for you and your baby.
This technique is for very young babies only, and shouldn’t be used past around 3 months old. Make sure your baby is on their back at all times when they’re being swaddled, and never cover their head or neck with the cloth. Make sure to check their temperature regularly as well to avoid any overheating.
Gently lay your baby diagonally on top of the cotton muslin or thin blanket, and fold the two corners in to tuck in baby’s arms. Then, tuck the rest of the cloth behind the baby – not too tight; legs and hips should be able to move around inside the swaddle, but not too loose to be pulled undone by the baby either.
For more information about swaddling, and any safety concerns you might have, please see this great article full of the benefits, risks and tips for swaddling by clicking here.