How To Swaddle

Experts in the US recommend swaddling because it brings many benefits for your baby. First, you can avoid the incidence of Sudden Infant Death by practicing safe sleep. It also helps babies sleep better because it reduces colic and fussiness, which means you can sleep better too! Read more about the benefits of swaddling here.

SwaddleDesigns blankets are the only ones with instructions sewn to the blanket. This makes it easy for parents who always forget or totally do not know how to swaddle. Swaddling is as easy as “123 Swaddle.”

Natural Position
Experts recommend swaddling baby in a natural position with elbows, knees and hips flexed for proper joint development. When swaddling a newborn, many experts recommend swaddling with baby's hands within reach of mouth so baby can suck on his or her fingers to self-console.

You may also choose to wrap baby with one or both hands down inside the swaddle with baby's elbows in a flexed position. After breastfeeding is established, you may choose to offer baby a pacifier.

Wrap Snugly 
A loose swaddle is ineffective, so wrap baby snugly, but not so tightly as to impede baby's breathing. You should be able to slide your hand between the blanket and your baby's chest.

Custom Fit 
SwaddleDesigns large square blankets allow for a custom fit swaddle for your baby. 

Avoid having the blanket touch baby's cheek, this can stimulate baby's rooting response and wake baby.

Ensure baby’s hips and knees are in a flexed froglike position inside the swaddle. Do not straighten or over extend your baby’s joints. Support baby in a natural position for proper joint development.

Our swaddling blankets are designed with good stretch when they are in the diamond position for swaddling.

Every baby is unique. Ask your baby's pediatrician about swaddling your baby.