Swaddling, Step By Step

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Step 1

Follow these four steps to swaddle your baby safely:

Lay out a lightweight blanket— about 42 inches square—in a diamond shape. Fold the top corner down and lay your baby on it, her shoulders at the fold.

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Step 2

Holding her left arm straight at her side, pull the right top corner of the blanket down and across her body and tuck it under her tightly.

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Step 3

Fold the bottom of the blanket up and over your baby's bent legs, then tuck the extra fabric into the top of the blanket, under your baby's chin.

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Step 4

Holding her right arm straight at her side, pull the last free corner straight out; then, without releasing the tension, lift it up and around her torso, tucking it in front.

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