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How to Swaddle a Baby

May 12th, 2015 | By: Nancy Ripton
Newborns sleep longer when swaddled. Here's how to swaddle your baby so everyone can get a good night's sleep.

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How to Swaddle a Baby

There’s a reason all newborns are swaddled in the hospital: babies love to sleep when they're swaddled in a blanket. Why? A tight swaddle inhibits their startle reflex by gently restricting arm and leg movement, helping babies have longer, uninterrupted sleep.

Learn how to swaddle a baby so the blanket won't come lose and everyone can get a good night's sleep.

Choosing the right swaddle blanket

Your baby’s swaddle blanket should be a light fabric (muslin cotton is ideal) and a generous size. Avoid heavy, stiff blankets that can cause your baby to overheat or affect her natural breathing pattern.