How to Swaddle a Baby (That Absolutely Hates Being Swaddled)
If you’ve visited any hospital in America, you’ve probably been told to swaddle your baby. I remember sitting in my own hospital room, watching in wonder as the nurse folded an ordinary blanket into a beautiful swaddle. By the end of our visit, the nurse showed us how to swaddle a baby at least five times…and by the end of our drive home, our new skill was completely forgotten. This would’ve been the end of our swaddling days for sure, if it wasn’t for the fact that our baby obviously slept better with one.
In the last post, we talked about how your baby’s own body can ruin her sleeping habits. The most effective solution for this is swaddling. But for some babies, this is easier said than done. Not only is an excellently wrapped swaddle a work of art, but some babies actively seek to destroy it. I call these babies…Houdini babies.
Our baby was like that. She would fight the swaddle as hard as she possibly could… but then, a magical thing would happen. Once she discovered that she truly couldn’t break it, she had amazing sleep. Whether you have a wiggly baby that hates being swaddled, or you’re a new mom hoping to figure out the easiest way for how to swaddle a baby, this post is for you.
From Sleepless to Slumber Baby Sleep Series
Hey, there! If you’re just tuning in, this is the third post in my new baby sleep series, From Sleepless to Slumber. Baby sleep is one of the most important (and scary) aspects of motherhood. If you’re preparing for your baby or in the mix of exhausted, sleepless nights, then this is for you!