Swaddling helps soothe fussy babies and reduces startling in newborns, which tends to interfere with sleep. The SwaddleMe swaddling blanket is an adjustable wrap that makes it easy to wrap your baby snugly. The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued guidelines for safe swaddling to ensure that you keep your baby healthy and happy, so follow them when using a Swaddleme blanket.
Spread the SwaddleMe blanket on a flat surface, such as a bed, with the pocket facing up.
Open the tab at the top inside edge of the pocket. Your baby will lie over this tab once you place him into the SwaddleMe blanket.
Place your baby on the blanket so his shoulders are just under the top edge of the wrap. Insert your baby’s legs into the pocket.
Fold in the left wing of the wrap so it covers the baby. Tuck the wing under your baby’s opposite arm. Secure this wing by attaching the hook-and-loop fastener on the wing with the tab that is under your baby.
Wrap the right wing of the wrap around your baby. Secure the hook-and-loop tab on the inside of this wing with the corresponding tab located on the left wing of the wrap.
Check the fit of the SwaddleMe blanket. The AAP recommends a tightness that enables you to fit two to three fingers between your baby’s chest and the swaddling blanket. Check the swaddle around your baby’s hips and legs, also. Your baby should be able to move his hips and legs inside the swaddle. If you have any indication that the SwaddleMe blanket is too tight, rewrap your baby in a looser swaddle.
Swaddling so tightly that a baby can’t move his hips could cause hip dislocation or dysplasia, warns the AAP. A swaddled baby should always have the ability to move his legs.
Stop swaddling by the time your baby reaches 2 months of age, advises the AAP. By 2 months, some babies are able to roll over. If a baby rolls over in a swaddle blanket, the baby could be at risk of suffocation.
Place your baby in a crib or bassinet on his back to sleep to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
Monitor your baby carefully while he’s swaddled. Check your baby for overheating, which can occur during swaddling. If your baby is breathing rapidly, sweating or seems flushed, remove the swaddle.