Swaddling - a dark art - Georgina Edwards Photography

Swaddling - a dark art!

When I had my children, I always heard tell that swaddling was THE thing to do to calm babies and help them sleep. Being bundled up tight mimics how it was in the womb and they are lulled into a deep and lasting sleep.

YEAH RIGHT! Could I swaddle? No, I could not. No matter how many different types of blanket or wraps I tried, the arms would always creep out and the legs flail uncontrollably.

However, since I started photographing newborns I have been on a steep learning curve and have now, finally mastered the Art of Wrapping. And guess what? IT DOES WORK! I just wish I had mastered it when my babies were teeny! The trick is to be firm.  Have a nice stretchy blanket and pull it in 'rails'; pull the top, middle and bottom sections separately so you have a secure hold round your baby.

My most recent baby girl client is the perfect example. We started off the shoot with her bundled up tight in a cosy swaddle and once she was dreamily off in the land of nod, we were able to move onto less curly poses and capture a gallery with gorgeous images. Then after a quick top up feed, we re-swaddled for the mummy and baby images. Such a gorgeous baby girl.

Colour studio photograph of newborn baby girl, wrapped in pink against a pink backdrop

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