Trying to settle a newborn just got a whole lot easier thanks to a ‘magical’ swaddling technique that instantly calms crying babies.

Dr Nick Sartor, a paediatric specialist, showed the simple swaddling method in his very first TikTok video, which has gone viral, with more than six and a half million views. It shows a crying newborn instantly pacified after being wrapped in Dr Nick’s swaddle.

In the video, he uses a square swaddle, turned on an angle so that the baby is placed with its head at a corner, after it’s been folded over.

@contrariandoctor How to Swaddle a baby #newparents #baby #swaddle #swaddlebaby ♬ original sound – Nick Sartor

“You have to be quick, they don’t like it,” he explains, as he places the crying newborn with his head on one of the folded corners.

“Put his ears right at the crease, pin his arms down, roll him over and grab this corner and tuck him in like a burrito. Then bring the tail up, and finish it off.”

‘I would be so mad, don’t roll a newborn around like that!’

While the method has drawn praise from parents, others were concerned at Dr Nick’s handling of the baby, who seemed perfectly happy and settled once wrapped.

“As a postpartum nurse I do NOT approve this message,” commented Gionvanna.

“I would be so mad. I know they’re not as fragile but don’t roll my fresh newborn around like that,” said elisa_blvl.

“No offence doc but I work in postpartum and that gave me anxiety…. There’s gotta be a better way to teach a FTM how to swaddle,” replied another.

However, the majority of comments were supportive of the swaddling technique.

“Babies aren’t as fragile as y’all think! ???? -a NICU nurse,” commented Briana.

“This guy SPECALIZES in newborns, like yes y’all babies are fragile but they aren’t made of glass lol he’s fine!” added Frankie.

What do you think of this swaddling technique? Let us know in the comments below. 

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  • Both of my children loved to be swaddled.


  • The video wasn’t available…. But how ridiculously controversial sounding. My babies loved being swaddled and I was taught by special care/NICU staff


  • I can’t see the video either, from the sounds of it, that may be a good thing.


  • Well I can’t see the video but based on the comments I’d probably get a bit squimish watching it anyway.


  • My kids loved being swaddled!


  • It wasn’t possible to watch the video since it wasn’t available but my granddaughters were swaddled and they settled down very quickly. Think it makes them feel safe


  • I could not watch the video as it’s unavailable but we have swaddled both of my kids until they were 8 months or so and it worked wonders.


  • I don’t see a problem with this technique.


  • wish i knew this when i had my two kids!


  • Swaddling is great, but zip up swaddles are quicker and do the same job.


  • I used to work in NICU and L2 nursery amd have always taught mothers how to swaddle babies. NO way did I have to turn babies to tug go the blanket. This way of swaddling has been around over 40 years.


  • We were taught to swaddle my daughter at sleep school. She loved it.


  • My daughter hated being swaddled. In fact, if you swaddled her she would wriggle and scream until you either freed her or she freed herself. She liked to be able to wriggle and wave her arms about.


  • My son is so past swaddling age. We did what we thought was best for him… tight and snug. But he always got his arms out!


  • Just pleased my son is past this age.


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