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June 19, 2022

Swaddling a Newborn: A Guide for New Dads

As a new dad, there are a lot of things that you need to learn in order to take care of your newborn. Swaddling is one of the most important techniques that you need to know how to do properly. Swaddling can help your baby feel safe and secure, and it has a number of other benefits as well. In this guide, we will discuss what swaddling is, the benefits of swaddling, how to choose the right swaddle for your baby, and how to swaddle them properly. Let’s get started!

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What is Swaddling?

Swaddling is a technique that has been used for centuries to wrap newborns in a blanket snugly. This helps them feel secure and comfortable, and it can also help to prevent them from startle reflex. Swaddling can also help babies sleep for longer periods of time.

The science behind swaddling is that it helps to recreate the feeling of being in the womb. When babies are swaddled, they feel like they are being held, and this can help to soothe them. Swaddling blankets also prevents babies from flailing their arms and legs around, which can wake them up. It is recommended that you swaddle your baby for the first few months of their life, or until they are able to roll over on their own.

There are many different ways to swaddle a baby, but the most important thing is to make sure that the swaddle is snug and secure. It should not be too tight, however, as this can cause problems with breathing. The best way to swaddle a baby is to use a blanket that is specifically designed for swaddling.

What are the Benefits of Swaddling?

There are many benefits to swaddling a baby. As we mentioned before, swaddling can help your baby sleep for longer periods of time. This is because it prevents them from startle reflex, which can cause them to wake up.

Swaddling also helps to soothe babies and keep them calm. It is often used as a method of calming a crying baby. Swaddling can also help colicky babies, and it can help prevent SIDS. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is a leading cause of death in infants, and swaddling can help to reduce the risk.

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Choosing the Right Swaddle

There are many different types of baby swaddles on the market, and it is important to choose one that is right for your baby. The most important thing to look for is a swaddle that is made from breathable material such as muslin. You also want to make sure that the swaddle blanket is snug but not too tight.

There are many different brands of swaddles, and you may want to try a few different ones to see which one your baby likes the best. You can also ask your pediatrician for recommendations.

The nice thing about swaddles is that as your baby grows, the swaddle can be used for a  variety of other purposes such as a nursing cover, a stroller blanket, a security blanket, and even a make-shift changing surface for on the go.

How to Swaddle Your Baby

Now that you know the basics of swaddling, let’s go over how to swaddle your baby step by step.

First, lay the newborn swaddle wrap out on a soft, flat surface.  You can do this on a  changing table, your bed, or even the floor. Just make sure that the surface is a flat by laying a comfy blanket down or using a playmat.

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Next, fold one corner of the blanket down about six inches. This will be the bottom corner of the swaddle.

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Place your baby on their back on top of the swaddle with their head resting on the folded corner.

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Pick up the side of the swaddle that is closest to you and wrap it around your baby’s body. Tuck it under their back.

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Now take the bottom corner of the swaddle and bring it up over your baby’s feet. Wrap it around their body and tuck it in.

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Finally, take the last side of the swaddle and wrap it around your baby’s body. This should be the side that is farthest from you. Tuck it in under their back.

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Your baby is now swaddled! Just make sure to keep an eye on them to make sure that the baby swaddle blanket is not too tight and that they are comfortable.

Swaddling can take some practice, but it is a great way to soothe your baby and help them sleep. With a little practice, you will be a swaddling pro in no time!

Do you have any swaddling tips or tricks? Let us know in the comments below.

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