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Paula Kashtan

How Do I Swaddle A Newborn?

How can we swaddle our newborn like the hospital nurses did? We can never get the blanket wrapped right.

Just like a haircut, huh? It always looks so much better when they do it. But, think of all the practice those nurses have had... it's no wonder they can perform miracles with receiving blankets. So keep trying — eventually you'll get the hang of it. Your baby loves swaddling, because being in a tight bundle makes her feel like she's back in the comfy quarters of your womb. She may even sleep better swaddled, and if that's not an incentive, we're not sure what is.

So here's what to do. Lay out a lightweight blanket on your bed or the floor in a diamond shape. Picture a clock face. Fold the top corner (12 o'clock) down about 6 inches. Put your baby here, with her head just above the fold and her feet pointing toward 6 o'clock. Pick up the right-hand corner of the blanket (3 o'clock) and wrap it firmly over her right arm and chest, then behind her back (under her left arm). Next take the 6 o'clock corner of the blanket and pull it up over her feet, tucking it under her chin. Finally, pull the remaining corner (9 o'clock) across her body and around and under her back. Done!

(Still too hard? Try a swaddling blanket or pouch, designed specifically for this purpose.)