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Swaddling: Why Swaddle?

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Swaddling is one of the oldest baby traditions around. The earliest evidence of swaddling begins in 4000 B.C. with the migrating mothers of Asia. For thousands of years, parents have wrapped infants to carry, soothe and protect them and to promote sleep. In recent years science has stepped in and provided proof that swaddling is one of the most effective, gentle, and beneficial practices for mothers and their baby’s.

The Academy of Pediatrics published a study in 2002 concluding that swaddled baby’s sleep more peacefully by preventing spontaneous arousals (reflex movements) and that baby’s stay in REM sleep longer than non-swaddled baby’s.

Through our focus group studies we have found that babies using a Slumber Swaddle™ sleep on average more hours per night than with other swaddle blankets. There were no middle of the night awakenings to rewrap and soothe a crying baby as the Slumber Swaddle™ stayed in place through the night.

Swaddling is comforting for babies; it reminds them of being in the womb, secure and cozy. It benefits parents as well – if baby can rest, you can rest. Here are just a few reasons to swaddle:

  • More sleep! Baby’s sleep longer when wrapped securely
  • Safer Sleep! Research has proven that swaddled babies are less likely to experience SIDS and when swaddled correctly they are more likely to stay asleep on their backs, and are less likely to get caught in loose bedding and blankets
  • Feels like the womb! Your baby spent all that time in the tight space of the womb before birth feeling warm and secure. After birth they miss that feeling and cry out for the comfort of swaddling
  • Establishes a Sleep Schedule! Your baby will learn, over time, that when they swaddling process begins it is time to go to sleep. They will have learned to associate swaddling with resting.
  • Self-Soothing! Swaddled baby’s soothe themselves back to sleep when wrapped snuggly and correctly. Parents will appreciate this most when the clock strikes four am!
  • When Mama’s Happy, everyone is happy! Swaddling keeps baby content and helps them sleep better and for longer stretches of time. That means that Mama gets more restful sleep too and well rested parents are better able to meet the needs of their family.
  • Mimics touch! Touch is necessary for your baby to grow and survive. When you can’t hold them yourselves or be skin-to-skin with your baby, snugly swaddling is the next best thing!

Swaddling 101

You can start swaddling your baby as soon as they are born. It reminds them of the warm and cozy feeling of the womb. Remember to always put your baby to sleep on their backs!

  • Never put your baby into bed with loose blankets. Make sure the swaddle is snugly wrapped around your baby so that it doesn’t loosen during the night. This is one of the greatest advantages of the Slumber Swaddle™- it snaps into place therefore so it cannot become a loose blanket in the crib.
  • Make sure your baby is dressed appropriately for the weather and the room temperature before swaddling. Pediatricians recommend a sleep environment of 65-72°F (18-22°C). It is important to dress your baby appropriately for sleep.
  • The swaddle should be snug but not too tight. Loose swaddles become loose blankets, a no-no for your baby. Slide your hand between the swaddle and your baby’s chest. It should feel as snug as your hand slide between your pregnant belly and the elastic waistband of your pants at the end of your ninth month.
  • Use a swaddle, like the Slumber Swaddle, that does not restrict your baby’s hips or legs. Improper swaddling by tightly wrapping your baby’s legs straight down can lead to hip dysplasia. Be sure there is enough room at the bottom of the swaddle so that your baby can flex and bend their legs.

Swaddling Feels Like Cuddling

Touch is vital to an infant’s development. It is why their skin is so soft and they smell so good … so we will TOUCH them. Yet it is just not possible to remain in constant cuddle mode with your baby. Swaddling, to a certain extent, imitates cuddling which leads to your baby being calm and content – a comforting alternative.

Researchers have recognized that touch is a basic need. Studies have found that infants who are deprived of touch grow slower, even if you meet all their other basic needs. For example, premature babies who were massaged for 15 minutes three times a day gained weight 47 percent faster than others who were left alone in their incubators though they did not eat more than their touch-deprived counterparts. Further, tests on lab animals demonstrated that touch simulated by an inanimate object produced the same positive effects as touch from their moms.

Research has found that touch-whether from a person or an object (think swaddling)—boosts the feel-good hormone oxytocin and diminishes cortisol, the stress hormone. Sounds simple, but the positive effects of touch are far-reaching and profound, making us healthier and smarter while boosting our moods. It even helps us bond with one another.

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