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tr.v. swad·dled, swad·dling, swad·dles
1. To wrap, as in cloth: He stood on the sidewalk, swaddled in a blanket.
2. To wrap (a baby) in swaddling clothes.
3. To wrap or bind in bandages; swathe.
A band or cloth used for swaddling.

[Middle English swadlen, probably back-formation from swadling (band), swaddling (cloth), or swathelbonde, both from *swathelen, probably frequentative of Old English swathian, to swathe.]
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And Lizaveta Petrovna, with one hand supporting the wobbling head, lifted up on the other arm the strange, limp, red creature, whose head was lost in its swaddling clothes.
A very young brother of his, who was in swaddling clothes, was still alive and crying abandoned in his cradle.
For what greater nonsense can there be in connection with what we are now discussing than for an infant to appear in swaddling clothes in the first scene of the first act, and in the second a grown-up bearded man?
George had taken it firmly, and held it away from him, and had begun to unravel it as if he were taking the swaddling clothes off a new-born infant; and, before he had unwound a dozen yards, the thing was more like a badly-made door-mat than anything else.
I have seen a better soldier with pap for food and swaddling clothes for harness.
Thither came Earth carrying him swiftly through the black night to Lyctus first, and took him in her arms and hid him in a remote cave beneath the secret places of the holy earth on thick-wooded Mount Aegeum; but to the mightily ruling son of Heaven, the earlier king of the gods, she gave a great stone wrapped in swaddling clothes.
She wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
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Some degree of infant restraint, known as swaddling (also called binding or bundling), with or without the use of a cradleboard, was an almost universal childcare practice before the 18th century (Lipton, Steinschneider, & Richmond, ^65).
The company recently expanded the line with the HALO SwaddleSure Adjustable Swaddling Pouch, which provides a perfect swaddle every time.
SWADDLING MAY INCREASE the risk of sudden infant death syndrome when babies are put to sleep on their side or stomach, according to a new study published in May in Pediatrics.
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