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How to Swaddle a Baby

How to Swaddle a Baby

Swaddling a baby helps them feel snug, warm, and secure. Here are six easy steps to help you learn how to swaddle a baby safely.

Medically reviewed by a board-certified pediatrician

Looking for a simple way to calm your baby? Try swaddling. Swaddled babies tend to sleep longer and cry less. Possibly, because they feel secure. Being swaddled helps prevent babies from startling themselves awake. It also helps them feel snug and warm like they did in the womb.

6 steps on how to swaddle a baby:

  1. Spread out a blanket and fold one corner down
  2. Place your baby's head above the fold
  3. Wrap one side of the blanket over the body, arms inside
  4. Tuck the blanket underneath your baby
  5. Fold up from the bottom. Make sure your baby's legs can bend and that the blanket isn't wrapped too tightly
  6. Finally, wrap the other side of the blanket across the body and tuck it under

A few things to note: Make sure to always lay your bundled baby on their back, and stop swaddling around two months, or just before your baby can roll over.

Now that you’ve swaddled your little bundle, enjoy the extra calm a swaddled baby can bring. Still need a little help? Watch the swaddle video below for a tutorial.