Swaddling your Baby is a Sweet Moment
The practice of baby-swaddling dates back centuries and is still common in many cultures. Swaddling involves wrapping a baby securely from shoulders to feet with a small blanket.
American Indians and people from the Middle East use bands and more sophisticated swaddling techniques, but more traditional swaddling techniques are practiced in such countries as Turkey, Afghanistan, and Albania.
Not only can swaddling be a great way to calm and soothe a fussy infant, but it’s also been shown to lower the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). At the age of three months, when the risk for SIDS is most significant, traditional American swaddling techniques allow a baby to escape.
It allows the baby to stay in a more stable position while sleeping, thereby lowering the SIDS risk.
Also, swaddling has been shown to help babies sleep longer and more restfully by preventing the sudden movements that can cause them to wake up, thereby improving mom and dad’s sleep quality and quantity also.
Swaddled babies are said to feel secure, similar to how they felt while in utero. It can also assist in temperature regulation, keeping baby nice and toasty warm while sleeping.
A couple of additional perks to swaddling come during waking hours, too.
A swaddled baby is easy to carry and hold an adorable, compact little package. It can also help baby focus on breast or bottle feeding by keeping little hands out of the way.
Swaddling works best from newborn to approximately four months, but if a baby is used to being swaddled, then it might be carried further even longer.
Babies just being introduced to swaddling may require an adjustment period. Modified swaddling, such as leaving arms free while clothing the rest of baby’s body, might be needed when first introducing the practice to your baby.
The blanket should always feel snug but not tight. Take special care to ensure not compromise the baby’s circulation in any way or that the baby is not uncomfortable.
Ask a nurse, physician, midwife or other knowledgeable healthcare practitioners to demonstrate the correct technique for swaddling your baby.
Mom and dad need to develop a realistic attitude about nighttime parenting and to develop a long-term plan that will teach your baby a refreshing perspective about sleep.
No single approach will work with all babies and that it’s imperative to keep an open mind and remain flexible during this process. If your baby’s sleep plan isn’t working, then drop it.
Also be flexible in the method which you use to lull your baby to sleep. Don’t rely on just rocking or just nursing to entice your infant to sleep, but get them used to several different routines that can be associated with sleep time.
Besides, consistent bedtimes and rituals are essential to a successful transition to sleep and help your little one stay asleep longer. Any changes in their sleep time routine can be a stressful and confusing thing, thereby causing everyone to lose sleep as a result.
It’s also imperative to teach your baby that daytime is for playing and eating and that nighttime is for sleeping.
Sometimes older babies and toddlers are so busy playing during the day that they forget to eat enough, which can result in hunger pangs at night, so be sure to feed your baby sufficiently through the course of the day.
And don’t forget to create an environment that’s conducive to sleeping, eliminating as much noise and light from the room as possible. Some soft soothing music can help drown out outside noises and help baby sleep more soundly.