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18 August 2003

Swaddling

Swaddling (wrapping your baby with a towel or blanket) for short periods can help a small baby feel secure and can calm down a restless baby. We show you how to do it.

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Swaddling (wrapping your baby with a towel or blanket) for short periods can help a small baby feel secure and can calm down a restless baby. Keep your baby’s hands free when he is asleep and when breastfeeding.
  • Fold the top 30cm of a towel or blanket.
  • Place your baby in the middle with his shoulders inside the top edge.
  • Tuck one side of the baby under the opposite arm.
  • Fold the blanket over the baby’s feet.
  • Tuck the last piece of blanket over the exposed arm.
  • Make sure nothing covers the baby’s face – ever!
 
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