The art of Swaddling a baby

Contributed by : Asha Lalwani, Dr Heena Hasan   
The art of Swaddling a baby

Swaddling gives a very cosy feeling to a newborn baby. The baby feels as if it is still in the mother's womb.

Swaddling is a part of caring for newborn babies since centuries. This makes the babies feel as if they are in the womb. It is one of the best techniques to calm a cranky baby and help them sleep for long. It can be particularly helpful for babies with neurological problems (problems associated with nerves, like migraine, stroke etc.) or colic (abdominal pain during infancy). It also can really help babies to fall and stay asleep on their backs.

Consider these points when you are swaddling your baby:

  • If your baby is happy without swaddling, don’t swaddle.
  • Always put your baby to sleep on his back if he is swaddled.
  • Make sure that whatever you are using to swaddle doesn’t become loose.
  • For the healthy development of the hips, babies’ legs need to be able to bend up and out at the hips. Swaddling for short periods of time is likely fine, but if your baby is going to spend a significant amount of the day and night swaddled, consider swaddling a little easy that lets the legs move.

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