Slide show: How to swaddle a baby
Illustration of final step in swaddling
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While holding your baby in place, pick up the other corner of the blanket and wrap it across your baby's body. The swaddle will leave only your baby's head and neck exposed.

Don't rigidly extend your baby's legs or make the swaddle too tight. Swaddling a baby in a way that prevents his or her hips or knees from being able to move freely within the blanket can lead to developmental dysplasia of the hip — a condition in which the hip joint has not formed normally and might be easy to dislocate.

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