Swaddling offers a lot of benefits for your little one. Apart from keeping babies warm, it also soothes babies and improves neuromuscular development. It even helps babies sleep better. With all these benefits, you might be wondering about one thing: how to swaddle a baby with arms out.
The good news is that the process is relatively easy. Below is a step-by-step guide:
- Place your swaddle blanket on a clean, flat surface. Make sure that it’s positioned just like a diamond.
- Fold the top corner and pull it towards the center of the blanket.
- Place your baby on top of the blanket with his neck in line with the top edges of the blanket.
- Next, tuck your baby’s right arm in between the fold you’ve created in step 2. Then, pull that part towards your baby’s left side and tuck snugly.
- Pull the bottom corner towards the center, making sure that your baby’s legs aren’t too restricted.
- Tuck your baby’s left arm into the fold on the same side.
- Wrap the remaining fabric on that side around your baby.
- You can secure the swaddle by placing a pin or tucking any excess cloth on the folds.
This type of swaddling is great for newborn babies as they are still adjusting living outside the womb. Inside their mothers’ wombs, they are so used to placing their hands near their faces. This swaddling allows them to recreate that position.
You’ll know when to stop swaddling your baby like this if he starts to extend his whole body and once he stops putting his hands near his face. To know how long to swaddle a baby per day, you can read this article.