A MOTHER'S NOTE: HOW TO SWADDLE THE RIGHT WAY
As Indian parents most of us are privileged to have the blessings of elders during and after childbirth. Having said that, ‘swaddling’ has never been part of the Indian ethos! The very idea of keeping a new-born wrapped in a cloth makes Indian parents paranoid. For them it was a very clear concept, they wanted their children to be free and playful.
Keeping my struggles in mind, one of the first thoughts after becoming a mother was to share the stories of my motherhood. Needless to say, it’s difficult to devote time to much else with a toddler around my heels.
So here I am, two years later, sharing my blog with the benefits of swaddling the right way, with all my readers!
For a new mama, learning how to swaddle a baby can seem like some secret jujitsu that only nurses have mastered. I remember watching the nurses swaddle my baby at the birth centre and marvelling at their skilled hands. And yet, when I tried to swaddle our son, he’d break free in a matter of minutes.
But soon my husband and I got the hang of it. And we learned two key things:
1. There is a swaddle for every baby (blanket swaddle and swaddling clothes) and for every mama (who knew zippers could be involved?)
2. With some helpful tips for swaddling success, you too can swaddle like a pro!
THREE WAYS TO SWADDLE A BABY
For a very long time I was under the impression there was only one way to swaddle a new-born. The diamond swaddle was the only technique I knew. Luckily, for those of us who like to have options, there are three excellent swaddling techniques. Life is not the same every day, our time and patience for day-to-day operations of motherhood changes, and so can our swaddling techniques.
IF THE DIAMOND SWADDLE ISN’T FOR YOU, DON’T WORRY, THERE ARE OTHER WAYS
LOOKING FOR AN EVEN FASTER OPTION? THIS METHOD INVOLVES A SPECIAL SLEEP SACK SWADDLE, BUT ONCE YOU’VE GOT ONE IT’S SUPER SIMPLE.
These steps will vary depending on which product you purchase and prefer. We will show you some of our favourites later on in this article. Whether you don’t have enough time or want the simplicity of not having to wrap baby “just so,” a sleep sack is a fine option.