Swaddling has many benefits and it's and effective way to calm your baby and help them sleep - as long as it’s done right!
To get the most out of your swaddle, and to make sure you’re keeping your baby safe, learn how to swaddle correctly. These do’s and don’ts will help get you started.
#1: Do get a snug, tight fit: You might think you’re wrapping your baby too tight, but it’s really the snugness of a swaddle that makes it most effective! You want to make sure your baby can’t wriggle out of the swaddle or loosen the fabric. The Zen Swaddle® uses Velcro to make getting a tight fit easy.
#2: Don't let any fabric cover your baby’s mouth or face. A loose swaddling or loose bedding creates an unsafe sleep environment and can increase the risk of SIDS.
#3: Do introduce swaddling as early as possible. Start right from birth, as swaddling helps with the womb to world transition, helping keep your little one warm and cozy.
#4: Do listen to your baby. They will let you know if they’re uncomfortable - whether that means they’re getting too hot or want one or both arms free. Use a swaddle made from a breathable material (like the Zen Swaddle’s cotton or bamboo) to prevent overheating and get a swaddle that can be used with arms in or arms out.
#5: Don't wrap your baby’s legs. While you want their arms to be nice and close to their body, your baby’s legs and hips should have full range of motion to prevent any hip problems from developing.
#6: Do add swaddling as part of your bedtime routine. When done consistently, swaddling becomes a cue that it’s time for your baby to sleep. It will help relax them and get them ready for bed!
#7: Don't place your baby on their stomach while being swaddled and DO follow the safe sleep guidelines – which means you should always put your baby on their back to sleep (whether you’re swaddling with their arms in or out).
#8: Don't swaddle your baby once they start showing signs of rolling over. Once your baby starts learning to roll, their arms need to be free. The Zen Swaddle makes is easy to transition out of swaddling since you can use it with one arm out, then two arms out, before switching to the Zen Sack.
#9: Don't swaddle a fussy baby when new to swaddling. A baby that's fussy will only fight being swaddled. Calm your little baby by shushing or nursing and only when calm attempt to swaddle. Once baby is used to sleeping in a swaddle, it will become a trigger to calm and you can swaddle him even when mildly fussy.
Keep our easy 4-step transition plan handy for when the time comes.
You can learn more about the benefits of swaddling here.