Make wrapping up your little one easy with our simple step-by-step guide
Swaddling is a time-tested way to soothe and settle a newborn – it is thought that babies are comforted by being wrapped securely with a muslin, as it mimics the security of the womb. While there are a number of different methods of wrapping a baby.
Lay the muslin on a comfortable, flat surface in a diamond shape. Fold the top corner down. Place your baby on their back, in the centre of the swaddle, with their head above the fold, so that the top of the fabric is at shoulder height.
Gently place your baby’s left arm against their body. Take the left side of the muslin and bring it across your baby’s chest. Tuck the edge of the muslin securely under the right side of your baby’s back.
Gently place your baby’s right arm against their body. Take the right side of the muslin and bring it across your baby’s chest, tucking it securely under their left side. Fold the bottom end of the swaddle up and tuck it under the fold of fabric.
NEED TO KNOW: NATURAL POSITIONING
It’s important to leave room for the baby’s legs to move freely. A baby’s natural hip position is ‘frog’ style – with the legs drawn up and thighs angled away from the body. Ensuring that your baby is not swaddled too tightly will help ensure that the ball and socket joint develop properly in the hip. Never place a baby that has been swaddled on its stomach.
These instructions are tips we found helpful – for professional advice please refer to your health visitor, midwife or GP.