I don't know why I'm obsessed with swaddling babies. Well, not babies in general, more like just my baby. If you learn how to swaddle a baby, you'll learn the benefits of swaddling. When you swaddle a baby, you are essentially restraining their arms and movement, but at the same time, you are providing a sense of security and comfort. While they are in the womb, babies feel pressure all around and so when they come out of the womb, this pressure is gone. Swaddling a baby comforts them and often times helps a lot with setting routines and putting your child to sleep.
Swaddling is a bit of an art though because the baby usually doesn't know that they want to be swaddled. You need to be fast and swaddle them before they cry, or you need to do it when they're calm but you know it's time to get them ready to sleep.
There are a few ways in which you can wrap the baby. How to swaddle your baby really depends on you and your baby. You can use a blanket, or you can use a swaddler. Swaddlers are relatively new to the baby stuff market and they can really help to make the job easier. They use velcro and instead of a big square or rectangle blanket, the swaddlers are shapped in a way that you can fit your baby with minimal effort.
Some blankets are better than others, and frankly I prefer the blankets most of the time, over the swaddler. I don't know why. You would think that the convenience of the specially designed swaddler would make me never use a blanket but I still prefer a blanket.
I had a problem processing the video I was going to show you, so I'll have to come back and post it on a separate post and show you how to swaddle a baby with two different methods. Both are good but you'll pick whichever one you prefer. The key is to master one method first, then master the second method of swaddling. You should try both a few times to see which one you like better, then just practice until you get it right.
While I get the video redone, here's a picture of the final result of my favorite method of swaddling. Of course, that's Claire Elise all nice and tucked, sleeping peacefully. This also uses a blanket that is a bit stretchy so it makes the swaddle even more effective because the baby moves and wiggles and the blanket expands with the movements, but always comes back to its original set so the swaddle tends to last as long as it is necessary.