Some babies adore sleeping in a firm wrap or swaddle because it reminds them of the womb. It is also helpful to stop your baby startling herself when her newborn startle reflex kicks in. Other babies, however, like their newfound freedom and will resist being restrained in a wrap. It’s all a matter of trial and error to see how your baby likes to settle.
How to wrap your baby
We’re starting with baby’s right hand but you may be more comfortable starting with the left.
- Lay the blanket flat on a bed or other safe, flat surface in a diamond shape. Fold the top corner down about 15 centimetres.
- Place the baby on her back, so her head is above the fold.
- Holding your baby’s right arm to her side, pull the left corner across her body and then tuck it under the right side of her back.
- Pull the bottom corner up over her feet and tuck into the fabric stretched across her chest. Make sure her legs are not bound tightly. Baby’s need to be able to move their legs freely to avoid developing hip problems.
- Holding your baby’s left arm to her side, bring the last corner across your baby’s body and tuck under the left side.
Your baby might prefer one or both of their arms wrapped with their hand closer to their shoulder. Find out what works and is most comfortable for your baby.
When to stop wrapping your baby
As soon as your baby’s strong enough to start rolling over you need to stop wrapping. Start by loosening the wrap before removing it all together. If your baby is attached to the wrap, you might consider using the wrap instead of a top sheet until she’s ready to give it up.