One of the most important things a new mom can learn is how to swaddle a baby. You may be wondering why it’s so important to know this skill, and what happens if the baby hates to be swaddled? It’s important because there is magic in that burrito swaddle. There is something soothing and calming to babies about being wrapped tightly and securely with love.
What do you do if your newborn baby hates being swaddled?
Well, the truth is not all babies like to be swaddled, at least not in the traditional way. Often, when a baby resists swaddling, you just need to try a new technique. Generally, newborn babies respond well to the pleasant warmth and comforting feeling of being swaddled.
The first thing you need to do if your baby hates to be swaddled is to make sure you’re doing it correctly. Here are a few swaddling tips.
Choose the Right Blanket
A swaddling blanket should be square in shape, lightweight and flexible. It’s important that the baby doesn’t get too hot, as this can be a raise the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. There needs to be enough fabric to wrap the baby firmly, but don’t choose an extra-large blanket. The extra fabric represents another SIDS risk since it can slip up and cover the baby’s face.
Practice swaddling a baby when she is awake and content. It may take a few tries to straighten her arms or even to see if the baby enjoys being wrapped. Trying it out for the first time while trying to put her to sleep will only put undue stress on the parent and baby.
Wrap Arms Tight, Keep Legs Loose
The baby’s arms should be straight down and tight in the swaddle. He also says the legs should be wrapped looser to allow the baby some wiggle room. Swaddling the legs loosely will aid in proper hip development. Wrapping the arms tightly will remind the infant of the womb and will help him settle down and feel calm.
An important thing to remember: Once the baby can roll over, you shouldn’t swaddle them.