1. Even though you have no idea what they are talking about, trust your (extremely wise and highly experienced) peers when they tell you that The Swaddle is one of the most important techniques you have to master as a new parent.
2. Obtain swaddling gear like:
3. Birth baby. This could take a few minutes, so be patient.
4. Study the techniques of the nurses on the maternity ward. Ask the one who does the niftiest swaddle to demonstrate. Request that she repeat the process up to 1 million times if you are too tired/in shock/dimwitted to understand the fancy way she manipulates the fabric.
5. Perhaps make a diagram, especially if a) you are a visual learner b) your name is Rob or c) if you have a penchant for Adobe Illustrator.
6. Practice practice practice.
7. Do not be afraid to pin your child’s arms down by his sides and wrap him VERY tight. Think straightjacket. Think burrito. Cocoon. Papoose. However tight you wrap him, he will still not be packed as snug as he was in the womb. For example, this stylish swaddle (done by a lovely professional photographer at Greenwich Hospital) was Obviously far too loose:
One Day, photo by bellababyphotography.com
8. If you can really embrace the science of The Swaddle, then you might…you just might enjoy a full night’s sleep….zzzz.
Then again, you might not: