One popular question we receive at the Sky Ridge Birth Place is, "How do I best swaddle my baby?"
Our Nurse Leader for the Mom Baby Unit at Sky Ridge Medical Center, Elizabeth Ferrill, explains how to properly swaddle a baby. With two loving hands, a blanket or two and a little practice, you will become an expert swaddler in no time.
1. Lay your blanket flat and fold the top corner down into a diamond shape, and place your baby on his or her back in the center with shoulders about two inches from the top of the fold.
2. Place baby's arms and hands in and close to the chest, slightly bent. Take the right side of the blanket and pull it securely across the baby's arms and chest, scooping and tucking the fabric under the baby.
3. Next, take the bottom corner of the blanket and pull up and over baby's feet. Tuck the corner point of the fabric under the baby's left shoulder.
4. Finally, take the remaining left-side of the blanket and wrap over and under the right side of the baby to secure.
A blanket wrapped snuggly around your baby's body can resemble the mother's womb and help soothe your newborn baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that when done correctly, swaddling can be an effective technique to help calm infants and promote sleep.
When to stop swaddling
Stop swaddling around 2 months. This is when your baby will begin to fuss and fight free of the swaddle and they will begin to roll over. At this time you can begin using a sleep sack.