How to Swaddle a Newborn (Video + Step by Step)

3 min
For Mum
By Baby Village on 09 September 2019

Every Mama’s dream is a peacefully sleeping Bub, and that’s why mastering the art of Swaddling is crucial in both Mum and Bub's sleep cycle. Swaddling will help to contain houdini arms which can trigger your little ones startle reflex and potentially cause them to wake up. 

Not only this, but it keeps Bub feeling safe, secure and warm after leaving the womb - it certainly can’t be easy for your little one leaving the only home they’ve ever known! By keeping your Bub snuggled up in a swaddle it’s as if they’re spending the whole night bundled up in their parents warm arms aiding their neuromuscular development, their happiness and your own.

Follow the 5 steps below and watch our 5 step video to keep your Bub safe, secure and sleepy! 

How to Swaddle in 5 easy steps:

  1. Place wrap on a flat surface in a square shape and fold the top down (about 1/8)
  2. Place baby in the centre with the back of the neck aligned with top of the wrap
  3. Wrap right to left, raising the left arm, and tucking under the body
  4. Wrap left to right, over left arm and tucking under body (Wrap across body should be firm but not tight)
  5. Bring loose ends up over legs, leaving room to move, and tuck under body.

One of our favourite swaddle wraps here in the Village is from L’il Fraser Collection; thanks to the unique weave and generous size (120x120cm), these wraps provide extra stretch, making them an ideal alternative for a feeding cover, pram cover or bassinet sheet.

However with so much to do as a new parent, you may still be finding it hard to both pick the right swaddle for your Bub and get your swaddling to perfection but don’t worry, our friendly staff are Mums too and are always here to help. Drop in, give us a call or leave us a comment below for further advice on how to keep your Bub feeling cosy and safely swaddled, and remember … practice makes perfect 😉

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