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How to swaddle a baby?

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How to swaddle a baby?

Swaddling is an art for newly-made parents, which takes roots in ancient times. Our ancestors swaddled their children, so that they feel safe, so that babies are warmer and, which is really there, so that they move less and take care of their parents less.

Today in Western countries, parents have long abandoned swaddling, both tight and free, and in our area it is still popular to swaddle their baby. Before you learn how to swaddle a child, find out what types of swaddling exist and what are the pros and cons of swaddling.

Types of swaddling

  • tight (our grandmothers used this method, believing that such swaddling would not allow the child to twist the legs);
  • free.

The pros and cons of swaddling a newborn baby are found out by orthopedists, psychologists and pediatricians. Here are some of these items.


  • swaddling has a beneficial effect on children's sleep. The number of sudden wakes decreases, which means that the phase of deep sleep increases;
  • swaddling helps soothe a crying baby.For example, after being examined by a doctor, the baby feels uncomfortable, and the cocoon from a soft, warm diaper makes him feel protected;
  • using diapers is cheaper than buying baby clothes, from which he grows in a week.


  • swaddling restricts the child and creates an enclosed space, which may incline the child to submission as a person;
  • swaddling according to some scientists is bad for the development of the hip joints, as well as the leg joints;
  • muscles and ligaments with tight swaddling can also develop poorly and weaken.

It is possible to wrap up the baby with or without handles, we will analyze each option step by step.

How to swaddle: instructions

Swaddle baby with handles as follows:

  • Step 1. Wrap the baby in a diaper so that only the head remains free.
  • Step 2. Straighten the bottom edge of the diaper and cover the baby with it.
  • Step 3. Lay the ends of the diaper over the back of the baby.
  • Step 4. Tuck the end of the tail under the locking edge.

But so you need to swaddle the child with the left handles.

  • Step 1. Wrap the baby in a diaper so that the top edge passes on the armpits and leaves the handles free.
  • Step 2.Twist the bottom edge in the fishtail
  • Step 3. "Tail" cover the child in front, lay the ends of the tail behind the back of the child.
  • Step 4. Tuck the end of the tail under the locking edge.

Note: since not every mother can correctly swaddle a child immediately after his birth, practice on dolls or other children under the supervision of experienced mothers during pregnancy.

Many parents often have another question: how long to swaddle a child, how old is it not harmful for him to be without movement?

The fact is that diapers help the child to adapt to the new world. In the womb, all nine months he was in a cozy closed cocoon, and now his arms and legs are free, he can move as he pleases. Many newborns are scared of such freedom. Follow the reaction of your child: some can do without a diaper already from three days old, and some children (especially those who were born with difficulties) constantly kick to find a comfortable position, reminiscent of mother's tummy. There is better to swaddle about two months.

If you want to more clearly understand how to swaddle a child, a video (at the top of the article) with a master class for young mothers will help you with this.


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