I love seeing a baby all wrapped up like a little parcel with its head sticking out. It reminds me of a little pea in a pod!
Some babies really love to be swaddled and the reminder of ‘life on the inside’ seems to keep them so calm and content. If your baby doesn’t like to be swaddled or gets to the point where they decide it’s not for them anymore that’s OK, just go with it and use SIDS approved sleep bags.
Most babies will love the feeling, particularly in the early days. It will also encourage sleep by minimising any jerky hand movements that can make a baby wake itself up before it needs to.
Look for a wrap that’s a bit stretchy so you can get a nice firm swaddle. This mimics the feel of a cuddle and also help to keep a baby warm. Make sure you use nice natural fabrics that won’t cause a baby to over heat – cotton is ideal, organic cotton even better!
There are any number of ways to do ‘baby origami’ and searching on YouTube produces some funny results. Experiment with what works for you and bub.
Here’s the Earlybirds way of swaddling a bub:
•Lay a blanket on a flat surface and fold down the top right hand corner about six inches.
•Place your baby on its back with its head on the fold.
•Pull the corner near your baby’s left hand across its body and tuck the leading edge under the back on the right side of its arm.
•Pull the bottom corner up under your baby’s chin.
•Bring the loose corner over your baby’s right arm and tuck it under the back on its left side.
SIDS & Kids Swaddling Your Baby Safely – Information sheet
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