Every time I see a baby swaddled, my automatic first thought it "baby burrito". Wrapped up all cozy, with just their little head sticking out- there's nothing cuter than a newborn baby! So what exactly is swaddling and why is it such a thing?
Swaddling is the technique of wrapping baby snuggly in a blanket to mimic the feeling of being inside the womb. It helps soothe newborn babies and can lead to longer stretches of sleep (a new parent win!). Parents for generations (seriously, thousands of years!) have used this simple technique to help soothe infants.
Cotton is soft, lightweight, breathable, and allows for baby to stay cool. All LittleBigbit swaddles are made from premium 100% organic double gauze cotton. The fabric crinkles and softens when washed, making it the perfect baby go-to. You can definitely use other materials, just keep in mind you don't want baby to overheat- their internal thermostat doesn't kick in right away.
So how do you wrap a baby burrito (aka swaddling)?
Lay the fabric on a flat surface in a diamond shape. Fold down the top down about a third of the way (towards the middle of the blanket)
Place baby face up, with their head above the corner you folded over.
Straighten their arms so they are next to their bodies and bring the right corner of the blanket over them. Tuck the blanket underneath their left side.
Next, take the bottom of the blanket and pull up towards their chin. Make sure to leave room for them to be able to move their hips and legs (Hip dysplasia can occur if the swaddle restricts hip and leg movement).
Now bring the left corner of the blanket across their body and tuck it into the blanket.
Voila- your baby burrito is complete!
Things to keep in mind
There should be at least two fingers of space between the baby’s chest and the blanket. You want it to be snug, but not too tight!
It is recommended to stop swaddling when your child begins to roll.
Alway put your baby to sleep on their back, swaddle or not.
Keep crib clear of any extras- no pillows, extra blankets, or toys.