Swaddle the baby is an ancient technique, which has been used again in recent years to calm and give security to newborn babies, giving them a comfort similar to that of the mother’s womb.
When the baby is born, he comes out of a little bag in which he felt warm and protected and, upon reaching the world, he feels lost with so much space around him. For this reason, many babies when swaddled feel relaxed, confident, and safe.
But how to swaddle a newborn baby? To properly swaddle your baby, there are three very practical ways and in this article, we will explain each one of them.
The quick method of swaddling a baby is a quick and very simple technique, which can be done in four steps. Remember that to properly swaddle the baby you need a soft, not too thick, square handkerchief between 1 and 1.20 meters on each side.
The steps to perform the quick method are as follows:
- Step 1: Spread the fabric or blanket you will use forming a square and place the baby right in the center, with his head off the fabric or blanket.
- Step 2: In this step you will have to pass one of the upper corners of the fabric or blanket over the baby’s opposite shoulder, holding it under his back. The arms can be completely covered with your hands out.
- Step 3: Here you will have to do the same with the opposite corner, making sure not on cloth or blanket that can cover the baby’s face or mouth.
- Step 4: Finally fold the fabric that has been loose down and tuck it at the baby’s shoulders.
Surrounded by the fabric or blanket, it holds firmly but not tightly so that the baby feels safe and at peace.
The Australian method is a technique that allows you to swaddle a baby like a little worm. It is a bit more laborious than the Quick Method, but it is very practical.
To perform this method we must follow the following steps:
- Step 1: As a first step we will have to place the fabric or blanket as a rhombus and fold the upper corner down, forming a kind of small pillow on which the baby’s shoulders will rest. Then place the baby with his head out of the cloth or blanket and his shoulders over the doubles.
- Step 2: In this step, you will have to place the baby’s right hand parallel to his body, so that the elbow is slightly flexed. Now take the cloth or blanket that is on your left and pass it under the left arm (that is outside) and then carefully tuck it under your back.
- Step 3: Finally fold the fabric peak from the bottom up. Now leave the baby’s arm parallel to the body, with the elbow slightly flexed. Then take the end of the fabric that is loose on the right, cross it over the baby’s body and tuck it over the shoulder that is on your left.
As a result, we will have the baby very well swaddled and warm.
The hands-free method is a technique that is very similar to the Australian method but allows the baby to have his hands off the handkerchief, for greater freedom of movement.
The steps to perform the hands-free method are as follows:
- Step 1: As a first step we will have to place the fabric or blanket as a rhombus and fold the upper corner down, forming a kind of small pillow on which the baby’s shoulders will rest. Place it in the center of the fabric with your head out and your shoulders over the double.
- Step 2: Now place the baby’s right hand parallel to his body, so that the elbow is slightly flexed. Then grab the fabric that is on your left, run it under your left arm (that is outside) and carefully tuck it under your back.
- Step 3: Finally fold the peak of the fabric or blanket from the bottom up. Now leave the baby’s arm parallel to the body, with the elbow slightly flexed. And then take the end of the fabric or blanket that is loose on the right and cross it over the baby and tuck it over the shoulder that is on your left.
- Step 4: This step is optional but if the baby prefers to have his hands out of the fabric or blanket, you should simply take the precaution of folding his arms at chest height so that his hands are free.
Remember that it is important to perform these methods firmly, avoiding that the fabric or blanket is loose to obtain a better result.
How long to swaddle a baby
Some hospitals and clinics already use the swaddle system for newborn babies. During the 3 to 5 days that the baby admitted to the hospital generally spends, he is kept swaddled, very calm, and at ease.
So if the baby is restless and waving arms and legs once at home, why not try it? Many babies only fall asleep using this technique.
However, after those days it is not recommended to use this process for long periods, but in a practice for concrete solutions, such as a while before sleeping to promote sleep, calm the crying or relieve colic in the baby.
Tips to swaddle the baby
Finally, these are some suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), to swaddle the newborn baby.
- Place your baby on his back and supervise him to make sure that he does not turn over while swaddled.
- Do not leave loose blankets in your baby’s crib, including the blanket you use to swaddle him. You must verify that it is not loose, among other garments.
- The baby will always be safer in his crib.
- Swaddle the baby can increase the chance that your baby will get overheated. If you notice the sweat, moistened hair, rosy cheeks, a rash (miliary), and rapid breathing, it is surely your baby is very hot.
- Use specialist recommended newborn baby blankets.
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