If you’re reading up on swaddling your newborn, you’ve probably found a myriad of references to burritos. Many articles define swaddling babies as wrapping your child like a burrito using a receiving blanket, others describe swaddled newborns as resembling burritos when their parents first see them in the hospital. Sometimes a metaphor so perfectly describes something, we can’t help but over-use it. So if you fancy citing a menu item to define the appearance of your swaddled baby, have at it! You may be wondering why we uphold the burrito wrapping technique, and what’s the best way to go about it. At SOOJIN, we have the answer to both.
The first three months of a baby’s life are sometimes known as “the fourth trimester.” In this stage, baby is still making the transition from the confines of the womb to the outside world. Swaddling babies during this time can help to make the transition less traumatic. By mimicking the restricted conditions of the womb, swaddling can protect the baby from neurological over-stimulation from open spaces, and make him or her feel secure and protected.
Every good swaddle starts with a good blanket. Forty seven square inches is a good size to fully wrap your baby while giving him or her enough room to do a little moving around on their own.
Here are the steps to a good swaddle:
• Place the blanket on a flat surface, creating a diamond shape. Fold the top corner down to create an even, flat edge.
• Se your baby on the edge of the blanket so their shoulders are aligned with the smooth, even edge.
• Gently move one of your baby’s arms down to the side, and sweep the left side of the blanket snugly over the baby - with very little slack, and bring it smoothly across the body, sliding the excess material under the baby.
• Draw the right corner up, leaving a little extra room for baby to kick their legs at the bottom. Make sure the swaddle is tighter at the bottom than the hip, and tighter at the feet than hips, if you can. Then, tuck the bottom part of the blanket into the edge you created earlier - across the baby’s chest.
• Finally, take the right side of the blanket, pull it to remove slack, and wrap it around the baby. It may go around once or twice depending on the size of the blanket and baby. If there is any excess, tuck it into the front.
And there you have it - your baby burrito! Hey, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! Just make sure to not to leave your baby unattended mid-swaddle, babies can roll off the bed easily.
At SOOJIN, we want to make sure your child is in the safest, most secure environment possible. We know how important it is to swaddle your baby, but we also know how important it is to make sure that everything that touches your babies skin is completely free of toxins and allergens. We hope you will join us in our mission of helping to make sure our next generation grows up in the brightest of futures in the best of worlds.
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