Calming Your Baby with Swaddling

Swaddling

You may notice that the nurses and doctors wrap up the babies very tightly (swaddling), in several layers of blankets. Being swaddled is a familiar feeling to a new baby. It feels like being held tightly inside mom's uterus. Your swaddled baby will calm down more easily than if his arms and legs are loose.

Learning how to swaddle your baby takes some practice, but it is a good skill to work on. Using several layers makes it harder for him to squiggle out. Use swaddling as long as it works.


Swaddling Illus

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Thanks to Janelle Aby MD, Stanford School Of Medicine, Newborn Nursery, and Lucille Packard Children's Hospital for the use of occasional photographs.