How to swaddle your baby

Your bundle of joy has finally arrived and it’s time to take baby home. The nurse hands you your little swaddled gift and off you go. Whether you are a first-time or new mom, swaddling may seem a daunting task, but with right technique it doesn’t have to be.

Why to swaddle 

Swaddling a baby has many benefits. Not only does it calm them down and allow for peaceful rest, it also helps your little one transition from the womb into the world by imitating the same snug and secure environment. Swaddling has also been known to help with colic, and the light pressure of the swaddled blanket helps to soothe baby.

How to swaddle 


Follow these steps.

Step 1:
On a flat surface, spread your baby’s blanket into a diamond shape. Fold the top corner about 15 cm down from the top. With the palm of your hands, spread it flat.

Step 2:
Place your baby face up on the blanket, with their neck in line with the folded edge of the blanket.

Step 3:
Straighten your baby’s left arm and place it on their chest. Next, take the left side of the blanket and wrap it over the arm and baby’s chest. Neatly tuck it in under the baby’s back. Keeping the right arm free.

Step 4:
Fold the bottom corner of the blanket up and over your baby’s body and secure it under the first fold. Then straighten your baby’s right arm and place it on their chest. Take the right side of the blanket and wrap it over your baby’s body, neatly tucking it in at the back.

Step 5:
Tuck away any edges that might have come out.

Swaddling safety tips: 

  • The swaddle should always be a snug fit. Your baby should still be able to move their legs comfortably in the blanket.
  • The blanket should be loose around the hips and baby should be able to bend their legs and move freely.
  • Swaddled babies should always sleep on their backs.
  • Swaddle your baby in a thin blanket.
  • It’s important that the room is at room temperature and that your baby is dressed in cool comfortable clothes. Flushed cheeks and damp sweaty hair or rapid breathing is an indication that your baby is too hot.
  • Once your baby is able to roll over and becomes more active, it’s time to stop swaddling.


Ackermans 100% cotton range is breathable and the perfect attire for a swaddled baby.


Photographer: Shavan/NMP
Hair & Make-up: Nicola/ Supernova
Model: Zahra/ Candy’s
Copy: Chernelle Wilson