How to Swaddle a Baby in 4 Easy Steps (PHOTOS)

How to Swaddle a BabyWhen we brought our daughter home from the hospital, we were scared of so many, many things. But perhaps weighing most heavily on our minds at that moment was the question every parent asks: how do I swaddle this baby? Can I possibly do it the way the nurses showed me?

Because let me tell you, there is nothing like swaddling to calm down a screaming infant. It's more magical than anything in this world. Even unicorns.

So what is this glittery bit of mysticism?

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Basically you're using a blanket to give a newborn that comfy "still cocooned in the womb" feel. The blanket constricts their arms and legs, so they're not flailing around, and it is one of the best ways to get a newborn back to sleep.

As complicated as it looks (actually, my husband always insisted it made our daughter look like a burrito), the good news is swaddle is actually pretty easy. No, really, it takes all of four steps to get you there, and we've got 'em all laid out for you!

Just follow the steps, and you'll have a napping newborn on your hands in no time (well, here's hoping anyway).

Do you swaddle your baby? Does it help soothe them?


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amand... amandabananda

This is how we swaddled DD.  Her arms were tucked in and she hated it.  She would (somehow) get her arms out and sleep with them over her head lol

nonmember avatar Kdelano

******Make sure you are doing hip healthy swaddling!!!****** Just found out that my 4 month old daughter has hip dysplacia and will be in a plavic harness for close to 3 months to correct it!!

TJJ1972 TJJ1972

 As you can see in step 2 one side of the blanket is flipped over the baby and then in step 3 the blankets bottem is flipped under as well as the other side flipped over-therefore the pic of the bottom flip was omitted! So it actually goes...1 flip side of blanket to the right, 2 flip the bottom up, 3 flip other side of blanket to the left.

LoriA... LoriAnn87

if you don't want to do that they have swaddle blankets with velcro you can use.

nonmember avatar guest

this was done to me as a baby and i still find myself needing to basically be swaddled to sleep my best!

mamad... mamadani87

I use the swaddlers with velcro my daughter loves it and sleeps wonderfully.

winte... winterglow

I never swaddled - never saw the point in it.

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