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How to swaddle your baby

If you’re using a specially designed swaddle, follow the instructions. But if you’re using a light cotton blanket or cloth, here’s a simple, safe technique:

  1. Lay the cloth out flat. Place your baby on top of the cloth, with her shoulders level with the top of the material. Put your baby’s left arm down at her side, and her right arm away from her side. 
  2. Now bring the side of the cloth over your baby’s left arm and body. Rolling her over slightly, tuck the cloth smoothly under the right side of her body. Then put her right arm down by her side.
  3. Bring the other side of the cloth over your baby’s right arm and body. Rolling her over slightly, tuck the cloth comfortably and smoothly under the left side of her body.
  4. Fold the bottom of the blanket over her legs to her chest, making sure she has room to move her legs and hips freely. Rolling her gently from side to side, tuck both sides of the blanket under her body.

Some babies prefer to have their arms bent and their hands on their chests, rather than at their sides – that’s fine too.

Thanks to MamaBabyBliss for the video

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