Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tips for proper swaddling

When it comes to swaddling your baby there are proper ways of doing it without harming your baby or not getting the proper results.  How does one properly swaddle a baby?  The tips below will help you and give you a better understanding of how and why all the while answering any questions you have regarding the subject.

Swaddling Tips

- You want to choose the right blanket.  Believe it or not all blankets are not created equal when it comes to swaddling your precious newborn or preemie.  The blanket should be in the shape of a square as well as light weight and flexible.  You don't want your baby to overheat, risking SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).  It is definitely important to NOT use thick blankets.

- Get good at swaddling!  How can you achieve this? Practice, Practice, and Practice.  I know it sounds very basic, but in all reality if you want to get good at anything you must practice, and this includes swaddling your new baby. Just don't give up. Swaddling is a very soothing practice for your baby as it simulates the womb that they grew accustomed to for 9 months.

- Don't wrap the legs too tight.  You want the blanket to be secure in the arms but allowing them to move their legs freely when needed.

I know that in the beginning as a mom I wanted to give up on swaddling but once I got that extra practice it was a piece of cake.  Check out Luna Lullaby's video on swaddling for a better understanding.

Source: ehow

Image: Wikimedia Commons

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