Proper swaddling mimics the comforting environment of a mother\u2019s womb. But as new parents soon discover, swaddling is an acquired skill.\nHere\u2019s how to swaddle a baby to achieve that snug, soothing sensation that will help comfort your child.\u00a0Keep in mind, swaddling should only be used for sleep.\n\u00a0\n\n\n\n\nSwaddling 101: How to Swaddle a Baby\nFirst, fold down one corner of a square or rectangular blanket and place the baby face-up on the blanket, shoulders aligned with the fold.\n\nNext, use your left hand to pull the left side of the blanket around the baby\u2019s opposite shoulder, tucking it in tightly under the body.\nYour right hand should now keep this tuck in place as your left hand pulls the bottom of the blanket up to the baby\u2019s belly. You\u2019ll notice this motion draws the baby\u2019s knees in to their body.\nComplete the snug package by pulling that final, right side of the blanket across the body once again and tucking the excess material under the baby. The baby\u2019s own weight will provide the resistance that keeps the blanket secure.\nA good swaddle prevents your baby\u2019s jerky limbs from startling them and disturbing an otherwise deep, refreshing sleep.\n\nMore Tips for Swaddling a Baby\nThe best swaddle starts with the perfect blanket. Choose a breathable cotton swaddle blanket with a small amount of stretch. This material allows the baby to move around without accidentally escaping the warm bundle. A heavier, fluffy blanket could obstruct breathing if it comes loose.\n\n\n\n\nParents often wonder how long a baby should be swaddled. Here are some guidelines:\n\nNewborns \u2014 At first, new babies can enjoy between eight and 12 hours of swaddle time per day. You will learn your child\u2019s cues and when to offer some freedom during play time.\nOne month \u2014 Generally, around the one-month mark, babies start squirming out of their swaddles. This indicates that it\u2019s time to transition.\nThree months \u2014 By now, most babies can sleep uninterrupted without being wrapped. Watch for fussiness or general discomfort when swaddled. Some parents transition slowly by swaddling a baby fewer and fewer hours each day.\n\n\u00a0\n\n\n\n\nUsing the right blanket and monitoring your baby\u2019s movements while they\u2019re wrapped are good starting points for a safe swaddle.\n\n\n\n \r\n \r\n Subscribe to our pregnancy and childbirth newsletter \r\n \r\n Enter your email to subscribe\r\n \r\n \r\n\t \r\n \r\n Continue\r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n I understand that by providing my email address, I agree to receive emails from UPMC. I understand that I may opt out of receiving such communications at any time.