As soon as our babies are born, they are usually cleaned up and then swaddled before being handed back to us. This is done instantly and often without question, but what are the benefits of swaddling your baby in this position, and is there a specific method to use to ensure your baby remains comfortable? Here at Daisy Baby we have created a list of swaddling benefits to help new parents understand the importance of this process in your little one's early months.
Swaddling your baby offers the same snugly feeling as being in the womb, with the baby's arms and legs close to their body. This helps them feel comforted and secure as they slowly adjust to their surroundings rather than exposing them to a very different environment so suddenly. Swaddling also helps to keep your baby at a comfortable temperature, with many different swaddling cloths made from breathable material and offering the correct amount of warmth for the season.
They Will Sleep For Longer
Studies have shown that babies who are swaddled have a distinctive increase in REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement). This means that your baby is less likely to be woken by noises which allows them to enjoy a longer more restful sleep that in turn helps towards healthy development.
Can Help Your Baby Cry Less
When a baby isn't swaddled their arms are prone to move suddenly causing over-stimulation. These can sometimes startle your baby who then cries to try and counteract the stimuli. By swaddling your baby, their little arms and legs are then secure, causing much less wriggling.
Stops Your Baby From Scratching Their Face
Newborn fingernails, though small, can be quite sharp, especially if they come into contact with your baby's delicate skin. Swaddling prevents your baby reaching their face meaning less scratches and a more comfortable position.
Reduces The Risk Of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
In many studies it has been noted that babies that are swaddled are less likely to fall victim to SIDS. This is due to swaddled babies being placed on their back to sleep and preventing them from wriggling onto their fronts and into the high risk position which can cause accidental suffocation.
Can Help Make Breastfeeding Easier
Some women may struggle to breastfeed due to their baby feeling restless and distracted. Swaddling your baby has the potential to calm your baby down and focus on feeding, creating a much more relaxed experience.
Now that you know the benefits of swaddling, its time to take a look at how and when you should swaddle your baby.
When To Swaddle Your Baby
Your baby can be swaddled from birth, but when to finish determines on what your baby enjoys. Some babies enjoy the comfort of being swaddled for a few months, where as others can become frustrated with the restricted movement. The main factors to consider when swaddling is your baby's safety, when they are old enough to roll onto their front, or kick off the covers, the swaddle should be removed.
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