Swaddling with Arlo & Bear

Brown Bears on white 100% Cotton Muslin Swaddle


Congratulations on the arrival of your precious little bear! As a new parent, we prepare ourselves for the pregnancy and the birth, but many feel underprepared once that baby arrives. One of the first things you will learn to do, should you choose too, is to Swaddle and we are here to help you along the way.

What is Swaddling? Swaddling is a traditional practise of wrapping a baby up gently in a light breathable blanket to help them feel calm, comforted and sleepy. It can help your little one feel safe, preventing their startle reflex and reducing excessive crying. Swaddling can be particularly beneficial during the early weeks and months of your baby's life.

What you will need to Swaddle?

  1. A lightweight, breathable receiving blanket or swaddle blanket.
  2. Make sure the blanket is of an appropriate size for newborns, typically around 47 inches (120 cm) square.
  3. Choose blankets made of natural fibers, such as cotton or bamboo, to prevent overheating.

Our Little Bear Swaddle is made of 100% organic cotton and 120x120cm, a great product to swaddle your new arrival.

Safe Swaddling Practices To ensure your baby's safety while swaddling, please follow these guidelines:

  1. Place your baby on their back to sleep, never on their side or stomach.
  2. Ensure your baby's head remains uncovered and their face is free from any fabric to prevent suffocation.
  3. Avoid overdressing your baby and monitor their body temperature to prevent overheating.
  4. Make sure the swaddle is not too tight. Your baby's hips should be able to move freely and their legs should be able to bend at the hips.
  5. Always maintain a clear and open airway for your baby. Avoid covering their nose or mouth with the swaddle blanket.
  6. Regularly check that the swaddle remains secure and does not become loose during sleep.

How to Swaddle Your Newborn Follow these steps to swaddle your baby safely and securely:

  1. Lay the blanket flat on a surface, forming a diamond shape, and fold down the top corner about 6 inches (15 cm).
  2. Place your baby on their back, ensuring their neck and head are above the folded corner.
  3. Gently bring one side of the blanket across your baby's chest and tuck it snugly under their opposite arm.
  4. Fold the bottom of the blanket up over your baby's feet, leaving enough room for their hips and legs to move comfortably.
  5. Finally, bring the remaining side of the blanket across your baby's chest, tucking it securely underneath them.

As your baby grows and develops, they will gradually outgrow the need for swaddling. Generally, you should consider stopping swaddling when your baby shows signs of rolling over or breaking free from the swaddle, usually around 2 to 3 months of age. At this point, it's important to transition to other safe sleep practices to reduce the risk of suffocation.

Swaddling can be a wonderful technique to help your newborn feel secure and calm. By following the guidelines and practicing safe swaddling, you can provide a cozy and comforting environment for your baby. Remember, every baby is different, you know your baby best and their needs and always monitor your little one's cues and adjust your swaddling technique accordingly. 

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Arlo & Bear are not healthcare professionals and offer impartial advice. Please ensure you do your own research and seek professional help and support should you need it.