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Swaddling

HOW TO SWADDLE:

Swaddling is an age-old tradition of simulating the feeling of being in the womb for your baby, helping her feel safe and secure, prevent your baby from being disturbed by her own startle reflex and help to promote a peaceful night's sleep.

 

 

STEP 1: Fold down the top corner of the blanket, place your baby in the centre with the fold at shoulder height.  

STEP 2: Wrap one side over your baby and tuck under her arm and then behind her back

STEP 3: Fold up the bottom of the blanket over your baby's tummy and tuck over her shoulder and behind her back

STEP 4: Wrap the remaining flap all the way around your baby's body to the back.

 

It is important that you swaddle safely - here are some guidelines:

SWADDLE AT THE RIGHT AGE: always place your baby on her back. When your baby can roll onto her tummy, it is time to stop swaddling.  This can be anytime up until 6 months.

PLACE IN THE CORRECT POSITION: when creating the wrap ensure that your baby's hips and legs are free to move up and down. Place your baby's legs in a frog-like position to ensure this.  Not doing so could affect later development.

MAKE A SAFE WRAP: inure you use a suitable cloth for swaddling - muslin is ideal as it is lightweight and breathable. Ensure all loose ends are tucked in and do not swaddle too tightly.

CHECK TEMPERATURE: a young baby is unable to regulate her own temperature.  A lightweight breathable blanket helps prevent her from over heating.  However, check your baby's temperature frequently. 

Happy Swaddling!

 

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