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Dr. Harvey Karp Knows the Drill

Swaddling Done Right

When I first saw the New York Times article titled, "The Right Way to Swaddle," I got a lil nervous that my swaddling skills were going to be scrutinized leaving me with a case of mommy guilt. But, I was delighted to read that the one person the article trusted and revered for his swaddling skills was none other than the famous Dr. Harvey Karp, star of the DVD and author of The Happiest Baby on the Block.

To learn more about the correct way to swaddle,


The article says that incorrect swaddling can lead to hip dysplasia in infants. Luckily it can be treated and corrected if diagnosed early. To prevent this from the get go, allow plenty of leg room for your infant's lower half to kick around. The piece also recommends this simple trick,

"Adding a second diaper over the first, before swaddling — easily alleviates the problem because it pushes a baby’s hips in the right position."

While I used the Miracle Blanket instead of square blankets that Dr. Karp uses, the techniques I employed were essentially the same. My wee one had lots of room for her lil legs but was wrapped nice and tight up top, which definitely seemed to help her sleep like a, well, baby.


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katiekat katiekat 9 years
my goodness! did any of you read the comments below that article? people can be so judgmental...yikes!
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
Swaddling works! Till they get a bit squirmy...then its hard to keep them wrapped. I did this with my boys till i think they were about 3-4 months or so...then they moved too much. :D Awww...i miss my little baby burritos!! :BABY: :BABY:
itownsend itownsend 9 years
Swaddling baby definitely works! love those miracle blankets!
SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
Swaddling saved many crying nights. We still had to hold our baby all night long just about and pat her, but it wasn't while she cried. So that helped a lot!
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