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Swaddling - The Art of Wrapping Babies

Swaddling  BabiesSwaddling - The Art of Wrapping Babies

The art of swaddling a baby goes back to biblical times, wrapping unsettled newborns to sooth them. Today, most midwives swaddle infants soon after birth; however from my experience a lot of parents do not carry on this practice at home.

To the right, My daughter sleeping soundly after being wrapped in a bigmuz!!

Most babies love the feeling of being secure. Being wrapped makes them feel comfortable and content as this mimics their experience in the womb.

Having a baby that is irritable and unsettled is very tiring. Once you are sure that the baby is crying only because it is tired (ie yawning, heavy eye lids, rubbing eyes, grizzling) and is unable to settle themselves. Then please try the following steps:

 

Step 1:
Place a muslin on the bed, fold down top 15cm.Lay baby in the middle of the muslin, shoulders are level with the top, head on bed covers.

Step 2:
Wrap one arm at a time. Put baby's arm out to the side, place it under the fold you have just made.

Step 3:
Tuck muslin under arm.

Step 4:
Bring whole side of muslin across.

Step 5:
Tuck around and under baby's body.

Step 6:
Repeat with other arm. Tuck the muslin as far as you can around baby to make them feel snug.

.... I found this technique worked well for my children. However there are various ways to wrap. Experiment, to find out which way your baby prefers.

Be aware of the warmth of the room. Always check with your room temperature control. Keep a check of baby's temperature by touching his neck or chest.

Never cover the baby's head.

Only wrap your baby when putting them down for a sleep. When they are awake, allow them to move freely, exercising their muscles.

 

 

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