How to swaddle: A step-by step guide to using the Zen Swaddle®
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), swaddling is an effective way to help your baby sleep better and reduce wakeups due to startle reflex. Some studies have even shown that swaddling can reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and many parents swear by it.
However, in order to be effective, you need to learn how to swaddle your baby properly with safe swaddling techniques. Your pediatrician may have showed you how to safely swaddle a newborn with a traditional swaddling blanket at a hospital nursery before taking your newborn home.
Luckily, the Zen Swaddle’s design makes it even easier to get the perfect fit—no complicated folding or tucking required!
How to use a Nested Bean swaddle
How to swaddle a baby step 1: Position the weighted swaddle blanket on your baby's body
Place the blanket as shown, with its wings open wide on a flat surface and place your baby in the center.
What to look for:
How to swaddle a baby step 2: Secure the first swaddle wing across baby's chest
Cover your baby’s right shoulder with the wing as shown. Secure the wing over the baby's left arm and as far under baby’s back and right arm as possible for a secure swaddle.
What to look for:
How to swaddle a baby step 3: Secure the second swaddle wing
Cover baby’s left shoulder with the wing as shown and secure it under the back of the opposite side, as far as possible and fasten this wing using the Velcro.
What to look for:
The fabric should be pulled across your baby’s body, forming a straight line under their neck.
There should be little or no slack at the shoulders or any fabric covering your baby's face.
When you're done, your little one should be nice and snug inside the swaddle, but baby's feet and legs should still have the ability to move to prevent hip dysplasia. They should look something like this—almost like a baby burrito!
How to adapt the One-Size Zen Swaddle right as your baby grows.
The Zen Swaddle creates a perfect snug fit, unless your baby is under 7 pounds or over 18 pounds. At both extremes, most babies find it easy to wriggle out. As your newborn grows, the Zen Swaddle’s adjustable form can adapt to the size of your baby.
Swaddling and safe sleep
In the past, there has been some controversy over the safety of swaddling techniques, with some calls to stop swaddling babies altogether. However, recent studies have shown that swaddling (as long as it's done correctly) is completely safe and even encouraged by most pediatricians and newborn sleep experts.
Swaddle wraps remove the need for a loose blanket in your baby's crib and help your newborn spend more time sleeping on their back, face up, which can help reduce the risk of SIDS even further. As long as your swaddling technique is correct, swaddling is safe for daytime and nighttime sleep.
The Zen Swaddle is designed to be even more effective and safe than regular swaddle blankets. With breathable fabric options and a parent-friendly design that makes it easier to get a safe, snug fit every time, the gently weighted Zen Swaddle blankets keep your newborn comfy, cozy, and safe while snoozing.
The new Zen One™ swaddle is designed to grow with your baby through all the stages of swaddling. Like the Zen Swaddle wearable blankets, it's gently weighted on the chest and sides, but instead of using wings to keep baby snug, there’s a secure inner arm band and zipper that can be used for arms down, free, in, or out. The removable mesh sleeves give the swaddle extra breath-ability and make swaddling safe with one or both arms out, like many babies prefer.
Regardless of your choice of swaddle, the Zen Sack™ is a great transition aid. The gently weighted center provides extra comfort for your baby to get used to sleeping un-swaddled.
How to swaddle a baby: a few swaddling do's & don'ts
Do get a snug, tight fit. You want your baby’s arms to be held closely to their body, and the swaddle blanket should be tight enough that your little one can’t wriggle their arms out, loosen the fabric, or completely break free. The Zen Swaddle's super strong Velcro makes getting a tight fit easy.
Don’t let any of the swaddle blanket fabric cover your baby’s head, mouth or face. A loose swaddle or loose bedding creates an unsafe sleep environment and can contribute to SIDS.
Do listen to your baby. Your baby will tell you when they are uncomfortable in some way, whether that means they’re getting to hot or wants their arms free. Check their temperature frequently, use breathable materials, and watch out for rapid breathing, heat rash, flushed cheeks, or sweaty, damp hair. Some babies also prefer to have their arms out of the blanket – that doesn’t mean you need to stop swaddling all together. It’s perfectly fine to swaddle with one or both arms out.