Check out this video for how to swaddle a baby.
Swaddling is the ancient method of snugly wrapping up your baby to help him feel safe and secure.
Being wrapped up can stop your baby from being disturbed by his own startle reflex. You may have noticed your baby doing little jerks of his body when he’s sleeping. These jerks are his startle reflex (hypnagogic startles) and are completely normal.
Swaddling your baby can also help to settle him down when he’s over-stimulated.
If you want to try swaddling, check that your baby isn’t hungry or wet before you start. Keep his face and head uncovered, so he can breathe easily and doesn’t overheat. If your baby is swaddled, he probably won’t need another blanket on top.
Here’s how to swaddle your baby:
– Spread a cotton cot sheet on a flat surface and fold down the top right corner about 15cm (6in).
– Lay your baby on his back with his head on the fold.
– Pull the corner near your baby’s left hand across his body. Tuck the leading edge under his right arm and around under his back.
– Pull the bottom corner up under your baby’s chin.
– Bring the right-hand corner over and tuck it under his back on the left side.
– Some babies prefer to have their arms free, in which case just swaddle your baby under his arms.
You should stop swaddling your baby as soon as he starts rolling over onto his tummy during sleep. If he’s swaddled he may have difficulties breathing. As he gets older he will start to move around more during sleep, and swaddling could make him uncomfortable and likely to wake up.