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Swaddling Your Baby

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Swaddling is the art of wrapping a baby in a cloth or blanket for the purpose of providing warmth and comfort. Covering your baby tightly with a cloth or blanket helps him or her feel settled and sleep better. Right Swaddling also helps manage colic.

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Risk of Swaddling too tight

When swaddling is not done in a proper manner it could damage your baby’s hips. Tightly wrapping your baby forces his or her hips into a straightened position and presses the legs together, resulting in a condition known as hip dysplasia. Although the condition is not painful, it may result in joint abnormalities and if left untreated, can lead to long-term complications such as osteoarthritis.

How to Swaddle Your Baby?

To safely swaddle your baby, you can follow these tips.

If you choose to swaddle your baby, keep in mind not to swaddle him or her too tightly. Leave room for their hips and knees to move freely. Take care that your baby does not get too hot.

Get started by spreading a blanket on a flat surface. The blanket’s position should be like a diamond with one corner above your baby’s head and the other below his or her feet. Fold the top corner of the blanket down to the middle and place your baby face up with the neck at the edge of the fold.

Next fold the right corner over your baby’s stomach. Pull it neatly under your baby’s armpit and then tuck it under your baby’s backside.

The third step is to cover your baby’s feet. Fold the bottom corner of the blanket over your baby’s feet and the exposed arm, and tuck the rest of the blanket under your baby’s shoulder.

Finally, the fourth corner should be pulled across your baby’s chest and properly tucked beneath the baby leaving only the head and neck exposed.

Note that swaddling is not advised if your baby has developmental dysplasia of the hip. It is a condition in which your baby’s hip may be partially or completely dislocated.

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