Swaddle Your Baby Like a Labor & Delivery Nurse

by Chaunie Marie BrusieRN, BSN

Ever wondered how all of the nurses on the labor and delivery floor learn how to swaddle babies so perfectly?

Well, here’s your chance to learn!

It’s time to learn how to swaddle a baby, straight from the professional—a labor and delivery nurse!  Burrito baby happiness, here we come.

Step 1: Assemble your tools.

That would be 1) a baby and 2) a big blanket. I use a really big blanket, because, as you can see my son is a really big baby. We’ve actually been swaddling him for nine months, and he is still going strong! It works like a charm. Also, you will note my husband is the one performing the swaddle. I taught him everything I know.

Step 2: Arrange the blanket so it is longer horizontally. 

Step 3: Fold down one corner of the blanket. 

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Step 4: Place the baby with shoulders lined up to the edge of the blanket. 

Step 5: Fold the shorter side of the blanket around the baby’s torso, tucking the blanket in. 

Step 6: Fold the bottom of the blanket up, again tucking it in for extra support. 

Step 7: Fold one corner of the right side of the blanket down, forming an “anchor” with your hand. This is the key to a good swaddle! Hold the “anchor” with your left hand and fold the rest of the blanket all the way around the baby. 

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Step 8: (Optional) Tuck any remaining ends of the blanket in the front.

And there you have it—you are now a professional baby swaddler! 

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Chaunie Brusie, RN, BSN, is author the blog www.tinybluelines.com. Find Chaunie on Twitter at @tinybluelines and on Facebook.

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