Swaddling is a time-honoured tradition, used by generations of parents to provide comfort, warmth, and security to their newborns. It involves wrapping your baby snuggly in a blanket to simulate the cosy environment of the womb. If you're new to this practice, follow our step-by-step guide to ensure a safe and serene swaddle for your little one!
Step 1: Choose the Right Swaddle Blanket
Opt for a soft, breathable fabric like cotton or muslin. Our Premium Baby Swaddle Collection offers a range of Oeko-Tex certified jersey fabric swaddles, handmade in the UK, ensuring both quality and comfort.
Step 2: Lay the blanket Flat
Place the blanket on a flat surface, positioning it like a diamond. Fold the top corner down to form a triangle.
Step 3: Place Your Baby on top
Lay your baby face-up on the blanket, with their neck on the fold. Ensure that the blanket is not too tight around the chest, allowing room for natural breathing.
Step 4: Wrap Your Baby Securely
Hold your baby’s right arm down flat against their body. Take the left side of the blanket and bring it across your baby's chest, tucking the edge under the body. Repeat on the other side.
Step 5: Secure the Bottom
Fold the bottom up and over your baby’s feet, tucking it into the top of the blanket.
Step 6: Monitor Your Baby
Always monitor your baby while swaddled, especially during sleep, to ensure they are safe and comfortable. Unswaddle your baby as soon as they wake up and never use a swaddle when the baby can roll over.
Tips for Safe Swaddling:
- Check the Temperature: Ensure that your baby doesn’t overheat by touching their back or neck. Avoid overdressing and keep the room at a comfortable temperature.
- Use a Hip-Healthy Design: Allow enough room at the bottom of the wrap for your baby to bend their legs up and outwards.
- Practice: Like any parenting skill, swaddling may take some time to master. Practice will make the process smoother and more comfortable for you and your baby.