One of those vital S’s is the swaddle. But how do you do the perfect swaddle?
There are many techniques that you can use, but my sister Karen Thornell showed me the BEST one.
The following are her words and her pictures of her darling little girl when she was a baby. And seriously guys, this way to swaddle is genius!! (PS If you are in Utah/Salt Lake County, you MUST look her up and check out her photography skills. Check out her site HERE to see how unbelievably amazing she is!! And no, I’m not being biased just because she’s my sister 😉 )
My little one loves to squirm and often wiggles out of her blanket within minutes of being swaddled (or even while I am in the midst of swaddling her!). I would have the hardest time sleeping due to fear that she would wiggle her blanket up to her face and not be able to breathe. No amount of watching videos or practicing could help me create a swaddle that stayed put. Then I decided to try a different technique one of our hospital nurses had showed us, and, after a few of my own adjustments, I finally had a technique that worked! It is so simple yet effective, and hopefully you’ll love it just as much as I do!
Place baby at the top middle of the open blanket. (These Aden and Anais blankets are THE BEST to swaddle with!) The blanket should hit just below baby’s shoulders. I’d also suggest giving baby a pacifier to help keep him or her calm (which can limit the wiggling) while you swaddle. As you can see, Eden was feeling a little upset!
Pick up one side of the blanket and cover both of baby’s arms, pulling the blanket tight and tucking it firmly behind the second arm. It is important that the blanket is nice and tight. (Look, Eden is already feeling better!)
Take the other side of the blanket, pull it tightly over both arms, and wrap it around the back of your baby. The excess blanket should make a triangle below baby’s legs.
Fold the triangle up and lay it over baby’s body. If you have a large blanket it will likely reach higher than baby’s shoulders. If that is the case, be sure to fold the top part of the blanket down.
Tightly wrap one side of the blanket around the back of baby.
Tightly (there’s that word again! Really, babies like it to be snug–I promise!) wrap the other side around baby’s body and tuck the end into the top of the previously wrapped blanket.
And just like that you have a PERFECT swaddle. Of course, my little one still pulls a Houdini every once in a while and manages to wiggle an arm out, but what can you do?
Try this out, and watch your baby calm down almost immediately! But if sleep is still an issue, be sure to sign up for our FREE Baby Sleep Mini Course, to get the additional tips you need to sleep!
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