As a newborn photographer, swaddling is just second nature. My clients will often comment on my ability to swaddle so quickly and effectively, even without lying baby on a beanbag or the floor. Swaddling is one of those secret weapons that newborn photographers use when settling your baby for their session and can dramatically help to calm fussy babes and ease them into the deep sleep that suits this style of documenting your newborn baby so well. Many photographers will also photograph swaddled babies and the resulting portraits of peacefully sleeping babies are often quite popular with parents when it comes time to order.
With recent controversy over swaddling and the relation it can have to an increased risk of hip dysplasia, I thought I’d provide a few resources for proper swaddling technique. When used properly at home, swaddling can increase the hours your baby sleeps at night, decreased crying fits and decrease incidence of SIDS.
If you are looking to learn the proper method for swaddling, consider perusing the links below:
MAYO Clinic – Swaddling Slide Show
International Hip Dysplasia Institute
While you’re at it, why not check out this swaddling board on pinterest too?
If you feel you need practice, borrow or buy a baby doll and give it a go! Make sure you check out local retailers such as Snuggle Bugz and Rattle and Stroll for wonderful options for swaddle sacs and clothes. I personally LOVE the aden + anais variety which you can find on hand for your sessions in the Stephanie Robin Photography commercial studio space. These also make great baby shower gifts and can be incorporated into your newborn portrait sessions easily.