How to Swaddle Newborn baby?

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How to Swaddle Newborn Baby

The dictionary meaning of swaddling is to wrap somebody/something, especially a baby, tightly in clothes or a piece of cloth.  If done properly, it’s believed that swaddling helps to restrain the sudden movements of limbs thereby preventing the baby from getting startled by his own reflex action. Some says that swaddling gives a newborn the same coziness and warmth which he/she feels in the womb thus provide them a sense of comfort and security and better sleep.

How to safely swaddle:

  1. Lay a blanket on a flat surface like a shape of diamond. Fold the top corner {about 6 inches}. Now place the baby on his back such that the edge of fold is at his shoulder level or baby’s neck is on center of fold’s top line.
  2. Keeping your baby in place, now take one end of the blanket’s corner and bring it across the baby’s body. Roll him a bit and wrap whatever remains under his back.
  3. Now fold the bottom end of the blanket upwards tucking it behind baby’s shoulder but leaving enough room for the baby’s feet to move around freely.
  4. Repeat the step 2 with the other end of blanket and tuck it snugly under the baby’s body. Only the head and neck is exposed if done properly.

One should practice to swaddle only when the baby is not cranky, tired or hungry. Usually, swaddling is appropriate for first 2 months only, as after that it might restrict the natural body movements of the baby.  Some doctors also suggest that if done wrong { may be too tight} it can overheat the baby or improper swaddling by tightly wrapping your baby’s legs straight down may loosen the joints and dislocate or damage the soft cartilage of the hip sockets, a condition called  hip dysplasia.

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