When I had my first child, I swear that kid kept kicking out of her blanket. I’d re-wrap and re-wrap all day long. I even purchased the Velcro swaddles and she’d kick so hard it would undo the Velcro. At about 3 months, I finally gave up and she learned to be soothed without it. Along came baby #2. I watched in the hospital as the nurse would come in to swaddle her the first hour she was born. She handed me the bundle of joy and I had to stop her before she left the room. I said, “You have got to teach me how you did this!”. And so she did! It has come in handy with my third child as well, so I thought I’d share with you how to swaddle a baby- hospital nurse style!
Lay your baby on a receiving blanket with the top of the blanket lined up to your baby’s arm pits
Pull one corner of the blanket across your baby’s belly and tuck it under your baby’s body
Pull the other corner across your baby’s belly and tuck it under baby’s body.
Pull the bottom of the blanket up over your baby’s legs and onto baby’s belly
Tuck one corner of the blanket under baby’s body
This style of swaddle creates a tight but safe hold that even my strongest kicker couldn’t escape. The way the blanket folds under your baby’s weight holds it on better than Velcro sides. Have a baby with Colic? With larger blankets, I could even leave wiggle room in the feet area and still have a tight hold around the colicky baby’s belly.