Swaddling 101 with SwaddleDesigns

Today, we’re talking about swaddling – a baby that is.

First up, what exactly is swaddling?

Swaddling is an age old art of snugly wrapping your baby in a blanket for warmth, comfort and feeling secure.

Swaddle Designs Swaddle Blanket

Why is Swaddling Important?

Reduces Risk of SIDS

  • Evidence has shown, that swaddled back sleeping infants have lower incidence of SIDS than unswaddled back sleeping infants.
  • When babies sleep better on their backs, parents are less likely to lay baby down on their tummy – which is unsafe.
  • Swaddling also helps sleeping infants stay sleeping on their backs.

Swaddling Helps Babies Sleep Better

  • Swaddled babies tend to wake less at night, which allows them to get more REM sleep – believed to be important for brain development.
  • When babies sleep better and longer, YOU get more sleep too!

Reduces Colic and Fussiness

  • Snug swaddling helps to soothe babies, as it reminds them of being in the womb.
  • Swaddling also helps prevent over stimulation and less jerky movements that can startle him or her awake.
  • Babies gain self-comfort by sucking on fingers or hand if swaddled with hands near face.
  • Swaddling helps to keep infants comfortably warm, since infants are inefficient at regulating their own temperature.

Steps on How to Swaddle a Baby

How to Swaddle?

  1. Place your swaddling blanket on a flat surface in a diamond position in front of you.
  2. Fold the top corner down about 6 inches, and place baby in the center of the blanket with their neck at the fold.
  3. Starting on your left, bring the 1st corner over and tuck snugly behind baby.
  4. The bottom corner goes over baby’s left shoulder and behind baby’s back. The weight of the baby on the tucked under corners will help to keep the swaddle secure.
  5. Take the 3rd corner across and all the way around behind baby, tucking the tail of the blanket into the fold in the front.

How to Swaddle a Baby

Swaddle Tips:

  • Avoid having the blanket touch baby’s cheek, this can stimulate baby’s rooting response and wake baby.
  • Ensure baby’s hips and knees are in a flexed froglike position inside the swaddle. Do not straighten or over extend your baby’s joints. Support baby in a natural position for proper joint development.
  • Every baby is unique. Ask your baby’s pediatrician about swaddling your baby.
  • SwaddleDesigns blankets are the only swaddling blankets with instructions sewn to the edge of the blanket. Moms, dads, grandparents and caregivers appreciate the instructions at their fingertips when they are learning how to swaddle.

SwaddleDesigns swaddle blankets are lightweight, airy, and breathable

I’m ready to swaddle baby!

Did you swaddle your newborn or infant?

Make sure you check out SwaddleDesigns adorable line of Swaddling Blankets for babies.

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 SwaddleLite from SwaddleDesigns

*disclosure: I received a SwaddleDesigns blanket to use with baby. Check SwaddleDesigns FB page for coupon codes. I found a half off one and bought 3 SwaddleLite packs (like pictured above) – woohoo! All thoughts are my own!

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About the Author

In 2010, Hanan went from talking about her parenting ups & downs on private forums to discussing them with literally everyone on the internet with her blog Eat.Craft.Parent - since then, she’s had the opportunity to talk about parenting, cooking, photography, marriage, crafts, faith, and so much more. She also shares her opinions on everyday products from food to baby gear, and everything in between. With four little girls all under seven, there is never a dull moment in their home. When she’s not blogging she’s chatting about parenting and life in general on Facebook and Twitter, or wasting way too much time on Pinterest.

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  1. Where was this when I had my first baby. Sure, a nurse showed me how to swaddle in the hospital, but once I got home I completely forgot how to do it :)

  2. My son hated being swaddled as an infant but my 2 month old daughter has loved it from day 1! It took some practicing to do but now it is so simple to just wrap her up tight and she is almost instandly calmed!

  3. Wow – the designs and even the PACKAGING are reminiscent of a large blanket company. That being said, these look just as soft and nice to swaddle.

  4. Jessica says:

    My daughter LOVED being swaddled when she was a baby. She could not fall asleep without being wrapped snug as a bug in rug. At first I was horrible at it but by the first week I had mastered the perfect swaddle.

  5. Tracey says:

    Awesome post! I don’t have kids yet but enjoyed reading this.

  6. Liz Mays says:

    Good tip about not letting it touch baby’s cheek. I didn’t think about that!

  7. Andrea says:

    Swaddling is the ONLY way my daughter would sleep. I was so thankful to get one at my shower.

  8. Karen says:

    OMG thank God for swaddling! My daughter loved the swaddle when she was an infant and I swear it made her sleep for longer stretches. I never understood how to do the swaddle and I always bought though velcro swaddlers!

  9. Triplezmom says:

    I swaddled all my kids, but it was a lot easier with the third when they had blankets with velcro! These look so cute.

    • We have a couple of those too, and they’re great. I do love how much lighter these are though! They’re be perfect for this Summer, even when we’re out and about too.

  10. We swaddled Gaby for close to a year before she was comfortable enough sleeping without being wrapped up. With my twins, when they were little, we actually swaddled them together. I am a HUGE advocate for swaddling babies. I know some babies loathe it, but for those who don’t, I think you should absolutely do it!

  11. brett says:

    swaddling saved our butts when we were new parents. and nice muslin swaddling blankets are part of ALL baby shower gifts we give!

  12. Kristen says:

    I have a 11 week old son who LOVES to be swaddled! He sleeps so much better than his older brother who hated it. Interesting article. thanks :)

  13. Melissa says:

    Great tips! I like how you show everything step by step. I never was good, but my husband was a pro!

    • I totally tried to take photos too, but they turned out horrible. Plus, the baby doll is tiny compared to a real baby. =P I’ll have to take some after baby is here.

  14. Zoe B says:

    I love these little swaddling clothes – so cute! Great tips :)

  15. Toni says:

    I wish I had learned how to swaddle. I never could do it right with my kids LOL

  16. I love the designs on these blankets! Also, I love that they give swaddling instructions! I’m sure this is extremely helpful for new parents!

  17. Brandy says:

    I miss when my oldest and youngest wanted to be swaddled .. sigh. They grow up too quick!

  18. Jenni E. says:

    I never could quite get the hang of swaddling when my son was a newborn. They showed me how at the hospital, but I never could get it as tight as they could. I’d try and try again, but in the end I’d just wad the blanket all up around him. Thank goodness my swaddling skills weren’t an indication of my other mommy skills. :)

  19. It amazes me how things change so much. Back when my mom had me they warned against swaddling now you’re supposed to do it. You have such a great post on why and how to swaddle.

  20. Theresa says:

    I wish we would have had nice swaddle blankets like these when mine were smaller. It would have made it much easier for the hubs to get it right lol.

  21. Ashley M says:

    We always swaddled. I used blankets similar to these but, because my husband could never get it right we bought him a special blanket that had Velcro and directions. lol

  22. Debbie L says:

    Sharing your post with my friend who has a new baby

  23. Eliz Frank says:

    This is terrific. Mothers see nurses do it in the hospital and then go home and can’t figure out why… It is like being in the womb.

  24. Shell says:

    Oh, these are so cute! My babies loved being swaddled.

  25. Melinda says:

    i love the gauzy material. makes for a comfortable swaddling even in the summer

  26. Tatanisha W says:

    Yes- when my babies were little I did the swaddling and it was fantastic. That feeling of being nice, warm and in a tight space that reminded them of the womb worked great- especially those first few months.

  27. Krystal says:

    From the first time my son was swaddled after birth, he was always wanting ONE hand free. It was so cute.

  28. Lolo says:

    We love a good swaddle! She is swaddled in her bed right now!

  29. My son was my only baby out of three kids that needed to be swaddled his first 3 months. We used the Woombie on him.

  30. Kenda Smith says:

    I swaddled both of my boys. They just wouldn’t sleep without it. I was so sad when they got too big for it (and I think they missed it too).

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