How to Swaddle your Baby

How to Swaddle your Baby
Swaddling is a technique that involves wrapping the baby in a piece of cloth and mimicking the comfortable womb experience. It should be done correctly; else it can pose risk for your baby.
Simple techniques
    1. The traditional method of swaddling involves using is in a large piece of cloth. Depending on the climate in your region, you can choose the thickness of the fabric. However, make sure that it is cotton
    2. Spread the square cloth in front of you and fold one corner mid-way
    3. Place the baby’s neck on the folded part
    4. Hold the baby’s arm in front of the baby and snugly fold the cloth across the baby, tucking it under the baby
    5. Hold the other arm of the baby in front of the baby and snugly fold the cloth across the baby, tucking it under the baby on the opposite side
    6. Fold the remaining cloth and fashion the two ends into a knot
    7. Make sure you do now wrap the cloth so tight that it obstructs baby’s breathing or exerts excess pressure on his body
    8. Make sure that you tie the knot above the knees. Knots tied below the knees can result in knock knees, a condition in which the knees of a child touch when he or she stands, while ankles don’t
    9. It is also important to remember that some babies do not like swaddling. It should be done as per the baby’s wishes. If you notice the baby getting uncomfortable or crying, avoid doing it
    10. Also, make sure that you do not swaddle the baby 24/7 all the time during the day. Babies need to be left open in order to help grow and develop help their muscles and bones grow and develop

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Sonali Shivlani

Childbirth Educator,

Sonali Shivlani is an internationally certified pregnancy, lactation and child nutrition counselor. She has worked with more than 15,000 couples and has conducted pregnancy and parenting sessions and workshops internationally. She is the Executive Director of the Pregnancy Fitness Educator Program at CAPPA International and trains candidates in the field of prenatal fitness.

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