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The Swaddle, An important tool in the parents’ tool kit


The Swaddle, An important tool in the parents’ tool kit

One item that I always carry in my doula bag when I go to meet with a client is a swaddle blanket.  I have found that when dealing with a fussy infant, swaddling is always a good place to start.  When a baby is upset, the world seems so large, scary, cold, and often over stimulating.  By teaching my clients the basics of a good swaddle, I am providing the parents a technique that will help to warm, calm, comfort, and soothe their upset child.  Below are various resources on swaddling your baby.  The main points in swaddling is to start with a large blanket, make sure you wrap the baby snuggly (able to fit two fingers into the swaddle), and make sure you tuck the tail securely. 

I plan to have swaddles on hand to try and purchase at my booth at the Preserving Indiana Birth Choices Red Tent Event on October 27, 2012.  Be sure to stop by and see me.
Reasons to Swaddle
Benefits of Swaddling
Fun ways to wrap your baby
Happiest Baby on the Block Soothing Techniques

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