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Swaddling

The nurse in the hospital teaches you many things: bathing, diapering, nursing, and swaddling. When she demonstrates the latter, you’ll probably be impressed with how neatly she wraps up your little bundle of joy. The technique is simple:

1 | Place the blanket diagonally on a flat surface with the bottom corner pointing toward you and the top corner pointing away from you (like a diamond).

2 | Place Lucy in the middle, and fold down the top corner so her head rests on it. Hold her arms at the middle of her chest.

3 | Take the right corner of the blanket and pull it over her body (to the left), then tuck it in under her.

4 | Now bring the bottom corner up and over the portion of blanket that was the right corner, and tuck it under (the bottom corner should be pointing down now).

5 | Bring the last corner, the leftmost one, up to the right and over Lucy’s torso, and tuck it under the other blankets, just under her chin.

As you know, swaddling comforts Lucy by tricking her into believing she is still in the womb. In the first few days of life, it may soothe her and solve some of the problems that feeding and rocking won’t. But the trick gets old quickly. After a couple of weeks, as Lucy begins to enjoy her new freedom, she’ll much prefer stretching and kicking to being restrained.