How to Swaddle a Newborn Baby With a Receiving Blanket
A good swaddle is a useful tool for the parent of a newborn. It is a great way to calm and comfort. Make sure to balance swaddling with "exercise," give them time to kick and stretch and don't forget to take pictures... baby burritos are soooo cute ^_^
Swaddling is a very old practice. One that has gotten a bad reputation at times. Some methods of swaddling are extremely restrictive putting the baby at risk for hip dysplasia. Hip Dysplasia is when the hip joints become loose or even dislocate. A baby is born with soft hips that gradually harden over the first few months. If the baby is swaddled so that the legs are strait and pushed together, imagine a mermaid, then the hip joints are pulled out of their natural positions in the socket. Left untreated this can lead to trouble walking, painful arthritis, and in it's most severe form the person becomes crippled.
This method focuses the swaddle across the abdomen and not the legs. In fact the legs are encouraged into a somewhat bent position, the same position I see my children sleeping in when they aren't swaddled. Because the bottom flap isn't secured anywhere it easily allows the baby to kick its legs. Keep these points in mind when swaddling and you can rest assured that your not putting you baby in any greater risk. Just enjoy the wonderfully calm, sleeping baby!
Start with your blanket's corners facing up and down.
Fold top corner down as shown
Place baby with head on the fold
Make 2 folds near shoulders as shown
Pin down right arm and pull corner of blanket over body and tuck under baby
Pull bottom corner up onto baby
Step #7 Final Step
Pin down left arm and wrap last corner very tight around baby and tuck under body. Baby should not be able to undo even when fussing.
You've got your little one all nicely swaddled... now what's that smell? Hmm... time to change their diaper and start all over again ^_^