How Exactly Should You Swaddle a Baby?

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There are a lot of methods that parents can carry out to calm their baby and help them fall asleep faster. One of the most prominent — and unquestionably one of the oldest — methods is swaddling. 

Swaddling is essentially the practice of wrapping a light blanket around a baby. This practice has been around for centuries, and the idea behind it is to make the baby feel like they’re back in the womb, thus making them feel more comfortable. 

But though swaddling has been around forever, does it mean that parents should continue doing it? And if parents choose to practice swaddling, what is the right way to do it? 

The Benefits and Risks of Swaddling

As mentioned above, the purpose of swaddling is to calm the baby. So, when parents swaddle their baby, the baby will be able to settle more easily and sleep faster and longer. In particular, babies who have neurologic problems benefit from this. 

Moreover, swaddling also helps parents get their babies to fall asleep on their backs, which is what doctors actually recommend that parents do in order to avoid sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). 

However, even though swaddling has its benefits, it also poses a few risks. For one thing, swaddling wraps the legs together tightly, which can increase the possibility of hip problems. 

Additionally, swaddle blankets may overheat the newborn baby, and frequent swaddling has the possibility to suppress the baby’s voice. 

How to Swaddle a Baby

Because of all the risks mentioned above, it’s highly imperative that parents practice the proper technique when it comes to swaddling. 

So, if you want to practice the baby swaddle, you should follow the tips below. 

  1. The materials you’re going to swaddle your baby in should be thin. This is because thin materials are breathable, so your baby won’t suffocate when you wrap them up. A few suitable swaddle blankets are cotton blankets and cotton muslin wraps. 
  2. You should never wrap several layers of blankets around your baby. 
  3. You shouldn’t swaddle your baby’s neck and head. If you do, they will definitely have trouble breathing.
  4. When you wrap your baby up, make sure it’s firm but gentle. The wrapping should never be tight. To check if the swaddling is okay, your baby should be able to move their hips and knees. 
  5. You should always put a swaddled baby on their back — never on their side or front. 
  6. You should regularly check your baby’s temperature — to ensure they don’t feel overheated. 
  7. You should only swaddle if the baby is newly born. Once they start rolling over, the swaddling should stop. 


As a method that has been around since time immemorial, swaddling has been used by parents to calm their babies and get them to sleep. However, it should be done right to avoid complications and problems. 

If you’re planning to swaddle your newborn baby, you should take the time to learn how to properly do it.

Seven Adorable Baby Accessories for Newborn Photo Shoots

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newborn photo shoot


Been dreaming about your newborn photoshoot since you discovered you were pregnant? Unless you’ve got Anne Geddes booked as the photographer, it may be up to you to collect a few different accessories for the shoot. 

Cute baby accessories can enhance newborn photos. Sure, nude sleeping babes are adorable. But you may want to cover your baby’s private areas (more on this later). Accessories can also add warmth, texture and fun to the pictures.

Your little bundle of joy is getting bigger every minute. Before you know it, he’ll be walking, talking and asking to borrow your car. Ok. Maybe it’ll be a while before he’s driving, but you get the point!

Find a local newborn photographer or take your own photos at home. Don’t forget to grab some of these adorable baby accessories and props to create photos you’ll treasure forever. 


Is there anything more precious than a tiny babe with a tiny bow headband? If you’re not sure where to start, bows are a great newborn baby accessory to get your feet wet. They slip on to your little one’s head easily and won’t leave a mark. 

best baby accessories
best baby accessories

Textured Blankets

Did grandma knit a special blanket for your babe? Or do you still have your baby blanket lying around somewhere?  A well-loved blanket adds warmth and texture to a newborn photo session. A plush faux fur throw can also be an extra cozy addition. Place your little one on top of the blanket for sweet sleepy time photos.


Can’t decide if your babe should be nude in their newborn photos? Some mamas love the au naturale look, while others prefer to keep their little ones covered. Swaddling your babe in a blanket can give you the best of both worlds. Your babe’s most sensitive parts are covered, but they still exist in a natural state. Try using a neutral swaddle to highlight your babe’s features. Or go with a printed swaddle for a fun and playful vibe.

Stuffed Animals 

Bring your babe’s favorite stuffed animal to the photo shoot. Pose the soft friend in their arms or lying by their side. Add some sweet touches like this to your photo session and you’ll get a variety of great shots.

Faux Flowers

A few well-placed flowers can elevate a newborn photo shoot. Fake flowers are ideal so they won’t irritate your little one. Also consider other nature-inspired additions like succulents, wreaths or branches.  

Seasonal Props

You could style your shoot with a pumpkin or some apples for a fall babe. A little Christmas sparkle for your December baby. Get creative! Remember less is more. Go easy with the props so you don’t distract from the main attraction — your sweet babe!


Hats make a great baby accessory for a newborn photo shoot. If your babe will be nude add a hat to keep them warm and stylish. We love this Newborn Cotton Beanie with Pom Pom. The plush pom pom pops on camera. These knot turbans will melt your heart. Kind of a mix between a bow and a hat. The soft and stretchy material will be comfy on your babe’s head.


Bloomers are a great way to cover your babe’s bottom. Your little one may thank you one day for not taking baby photos of him in the nude. Dress your babe in only a pair of bloomers and lay him on his tummy. You’ll get a peek at that precious baby skin without revealing too much. 

Whether you’re heading to a pro for your newborn session or DIY-ing it at home, don’t forget to add a few accessories. You’ll treasure these memories forever. Take your time and make sure you get exactly the photos you want.

Shop our baby accessories and find your perfect look!