I would like to begin off by saying you don't want to wrap the baby too tight because this can limit the baby’s ability to breath. You want your baby to be wrapped snug enough to feel secure, but not too tight that she can’t move at all. Also, perhaps not all babies like to be swaddled or may like variations that are different swaddling, you will need to determine exactly what works for you and your infant. For example, my child loved being wrapped up, as long as her hands were free, and so I would swaddle her from her armpits down. Experiment and watch your baby’s reactions.
The Benefits of Swaddling
Babies sleep longer: Babies are utilized to being snug inside the womb. They are no longer confined, but it is strange for them to have so much movement when they are born. Also, newborns make a complete lot of jerky motions as they are developing muscle control. These movements can wake the child. Swaddling provides the snugness and warmth of the womb, while decreasing the severity of those jerky movements.
Reduces the risk of SIDS: Swaddling a baby helps keep her on her back because she cannot move as much, which is the place that is safest for her to sleep.
Less crying: this might be back to those jerky movements. When a newborn makes those jerky movements it can startle her, and over time this will cause over stimulation. If an infant is over stimulated she will cry in an attempt to block the stimuli out. Being swaddled decreases those jerky motions.
Fewer scratches: Babies finger nails are sharp and grow fast. When swaddled, baby’s arms are kept away from their faces. That is, unless your baby is similar to mine, and wishes her hands away!
Regulates body temperature: Swaddling helps children maintain human body heat. Babies have a harder time body temperature that is regulating. It is NOT recommended that you use a loose blanket in the crib, but swaddling keeps the blanket away from baby’s face while maintaining her sufficiently warm. You should be sure to select a breathable cloth, like LillianAndrew 100% muslin cotton blankets, which will help in keeping baby from overheating. Never utilize a heavy blanket for swaddling.
Can help with breastfeeding: It is recommended that you use skintoskin contact within the very first days that are several help with milk letdown and lactation. Swaddling can help though if you are noticing that your baby’s hands are getting in the means. You can wrap her up and down keep her hands.
When to stop swaddling
Solutions when swaddling should no be done longer. Swaddling is beneficial for initial 2 months of a baby’s life, after that swaddling can hinder your baby’s movements. You also needs to stop swaddling once your baby can roll over as having a baby swaddled while on her belly can cause suffocation. You can modify or eliminate swaddling altogether as I mentioned at the beginning, if your baby does not like swaddling.
How to swaddle your child
In the hospital your baby is handed to you in a great buddle that is little wrapped up and cozy. Then you go home and ... you simply cannot figure it out! There are a complete lot of factors at play. First off, all of the blankets you have are many likely too small to properly swaddle your infant. Second, many blankets that are receiving not square, they are cut lopsided, leaving more blanket on one side than the other (at least mine were anyway). You want to find a blanket like the main one here at LillianAndrew that is a nice size.
Lay the blanket on a surface that is flat the shape of a diamond. Fold down 34 ins of the top edge of the blanket (the top corner of the diamond).
Place your child regarding the blanked so your tops of her shoulders are just at the fold you just made.
Tuck your baby’s right arm into the flap that ended up being made when you folded down the top advantage, now take the right part and fold across baby, tucking it under the opposite side of her back.
Bring the corner that is bottom of blanket up and tuck into the blanket near the chest.
Now, tuck the left arm in the flap made from folding the top corner down, in the same way
you did with the right supply and pull that corner across her body and tuck it in
behind her back.
You can always hit up Lillian Andrew's YouTube channel for a video on what to do it.
Do’s and Don’ts of swaddling
Do always lay your baby on her back when swaddled.
Do always use a breathable material when swaddling.
Do stop baby that is swaddling she is 2 months old if she allow you to.
Do NOT wrap your infant too tight.
Do NOT wrap the blanket over baby’s lips or nose. Do NOT swaddle once your baby can roll over.
Do NOT utilize a heavy blanket for swaddling.
Do NOT swaddle your child if a fever is had by her or is sick.