Swaddling is the practice of wrapping your baby tightly in a blanket that goes back to ancient times. Babies love the warm tight feeling that scientists say may remind them of being in utero. It may help to calm the baby down, prevent her from waking up if she startles in her sleep, and simply help her stay warm.
The rules for swaddling are quite easy. You can start swaddling the baby right from day one. Swaddle the baby for naptime as well as for the time she’s awake until the baby is about four weeks old. After that, swaddle the baby for naptime only. Pediatricians do not recommend swaddling after the age of two months, when babies are likely to start rolling over.
There are lots of techniques for swaddling, and you can pick the one you like best. We like this simple one from Baby Center. Remember to always give your baby some room in her legs – make sure she can easily bend her legs when swaddled. This will help prevent risk of hip dysplasia.
Two months of swaddling your baby will fly by in a flash. Don’t lose this opportunity and take a lot of photos of swaddled baby. You can use your baby monitor to capture moments when the baby is smiling in his sleep… she will thank you later!
Thanks to Melika Bashi for sharing a beautiful photo of her baby Radeen… We cannot get enough!
Photo credit: Elmira Nosratollahi from le-dezign photography