Learn How to Swaddle - Easy as 1-2-3 Swaddle®!
SwaddleDesigns blankets are the only swaddling blankets with
instructions sewn to the edge of the blanket (patent pending).
Experts including Dr. Harvey Karp, Dr. Laura Jana, Dr. Bradley Thach, Dr. Sears…. recommend swaddling for sleep time.
Experts recommend swaddling baby in a natural position with elbows, knees and hips flexed for proper joint development, and with baby's hands within reach of mouth so baby can suck on his or her fingers to self-console.
You may also choose to wrap baby with one or both hands down inside the swaddle with baby's elbows in a flexed position and offer baby a pacifier once breastfeeding is established.
A loose swaddle is ineffective, so wrap baby snugly, but not so tightly as to impede baby's breathing. You should be able to slide your hand between the blanket and your baby's chest. It should feel snug, not loose.
SwaddleDesigns large square blankets allow for a custom fit swaddle whether your baby is small, medium or large.
Place blanket on a flat surface in a diamond position in front of you with the 123 Swaddle Tip Tag visible on your upper right hand side.
Fold the top corner down about 6 inches, and place baby in the center of the blanket with their neck at the fold.
Follow the steps on the 123 Swaddle Tip Tag
Avoid having the blanket touch baby's cheek, this can stimulate baby's rooting response and wake baby.
Ensure baby’s hips and knees are in a flexed froglike position inside the swaddle. Do not straighten or over extend your baby’s joints. Support baby in a natural position for proper joint development,
Our swaddling blankets are designed with good stretch when they are in the diamond position for swaddling.
Every baby is unique. Ask your baby's pediatrician about swaddling your baby.
Always Place Baby on Back to Sleep
Always place baby on his or her back for sleep. The side and tummy positions are unsafe.
The back sleeping position reduces risk of SIDS. Baby should sleep on a firm sleep surface, in a bassinet, cradle or crib near the mother's bed, without any soft toys, pillows or loose bedding.
Baby's Sleep Environment
Medical experts recommend a sleep environment of 65-70°F (18-21°C)
It is an important responsibility of the caregiver to dress baby appropriately for sleep based on the temperature of their environment. Parents should not overdress or underdress baby for sleep. As a general guide, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends dressing baby in no more than one layer more than an adult would use to be comfortable in the same environment.
Cool hands and feet are considered okay due to baby's immature circulatory system, but tummy and chest should be warm and dry. A sweaty neck and back is a sign of overheating and a layer of baby's clothing should be removed.
Babies are not good at regulating their own temperatures. No blanket can naturally regulate baby's temperature for them, so parents need to touch and feel their baby to ensure baby is not too warm or too cold.
Always keep baby's environment smoke-free by not smoking when pregnant, near your baby, or in an area where your baby spends time or sleeps.
Be sure air can circulate freely around baby's face. A fan in baby's room can increase ventilation, but should not be blowing air directly on baby.
Allow Baby to Suck on Fingers or a Pacifier
Infant researchers state it's in baby's best
interest to have baby's hands within reach of mouth, so baby may
self-soothe by sucking on his or her fingers. Sucking is the most
organizing behavior of the newborn – it helps baby with sleep/wake
control. Sucking is an early form of communication - by vigorously
sucking, a baby communicates that he or she is hungry.
Breastfeeding is encouraged. Breastfeed, if you can.
Take baby out of the swaddle when breastfeeding and use the blanket to drape over mom and baby for warmth. Skin to skin is best when learning to breastfeed. If baby’s hands seem to be getting in the way when baby is trying to latch on, you may swaddle baby with baby’s hands tucked into the swaddle. Once baby has learned how to latch on and is nursing, remove the swaddle so baby and mom can be skin to skin and tummy to tummy.
Doctors, nurses, childbirth educators, doulas, parents, and medical experts recommend SwaddleDesigns blankets because they are large, square, lightweight and breathable. Cotton is a natural and breathable fabric which reduces the risk of overheating.
Cotton Flannel is the #1 Choice in US Hospitals for Swaddling
Hospitals trust and use cotton flannel blankets to wrap babies soon after birth to keep them warm and comfortable. Your baby will quickly outgrow the hospital-size blanket and you will need a larger receiving blanket to swaddle your baby as he or she grows.
Ultimate Receiving Blanket
SwaddleDesigns Ultimate Receiving Blanket is large, square, lightweight and breathable. It's made from super soft premium preshrunk cotton flannel, and features our exclusive 123 Swaddle illustrated instructions sewn to the edge of the blanket.
Organic Ultimate Receiving Blanket
Organic Ultimate Receiving Blanket is made from preshrunk GOTS certified
organic cotton flannel. A large, square, lightweight, breathable,
buttery-soft blanket, features our exclusive 123 Swaddle instructional
tag sewn to the edge of blanket.
Marquisette Swaddling Blanket
Marquisette Swaddling Blanket is an ultra soft, very lightweight open
weave blanket made from 100% cotton. Appropriate for warmer
environments, cotton marquisette is similar to muslin but much softer
due to finer threads and higher thread count. Our exclusive 123 Swaddle
instructional tag is sewn to the edge of each blanket.
Benefits of Swaddling
Medical studies have shown there are many benefits to swaddling.
Supine Swaddling Decreases the Risk of SIDS
Swaddled Babies Sleep Better®
Reduces Colic and Fussiness
Helpful When Breastfeeding
The information contained on this website is intended to complement, not substitute for, the advice of your child's pediatrician. Consult with your child's pediatrician, who can discuss your child's individual needs and counsel you.