How to Use Baby Swaddles Safely?
Swaddling is a baby product that has a long history of use, dating back to early civilization. The reason it's lasted so long is because it works so well! It does a pretty good job of calming a crying newborn. Its principle is not simply to bind the baby's hands, but to simulate the mother's womb, to bring the baby a sense of security and comfort. But as with all other baby products, there's a lot of controversy about swaddling. For example, when a baby's legs are swaddled too tightly, it can lead to hip problems. The real question, however, is not whether to swaddle, but how to swaddle properly. Swaddling can still be useful as long as you use it correctly.
Safety swaddling method
In the womb, your baby's legs are bent and crossed. When swaddling your baby, you want to wrap the blanket tightly but leave enough room in the legs to bend out at the hips. Your baby's legs should not be tightly wrapped together. It's very important to leave room for your hips to move. You can follow the following tips that are good for your butt:
If using a square cloth, fold one corner over to form a straight edge.
Place the baby on the cloth so that the top flat edge of the cloth is flush with the baby's shoulders.
Put the baby's left arm down and wrap the cloth around the arm and chest. Cover the baby's right side.
Bring the right arm down and wrap the side of the cloth around the baby's arm and chest.
Tuck the cloth on the baby's left side, using the baby's weight to hold it in place.
Fold, fold, or knot the bottom of the cloth, making sure your baby's legs are bent upwards in a frog-like shape.
When do you stop swaddling?
All good things must come to an end, and one day you should stop swaddling. We know, we know. It may be hard to give up something that helps your baby and you get more sleep. But you have to let go! As a rule of thumb, you should throw out swaddling as soon as your baby can roll over (or starts trying to roll over). While some babies don't learn to roll over until they're 3 or 4 months old, others can do so as early as 2 months, so it's best to err on the side of caution and say goodbye to swaddling at 8 weeks.