The Many Benefits of Swaddling Infants

Swaddle baby to help sleepSwaddling your infant has been going on for years, but since the 1990s, it has become more popular, for several reasons. Really, everyone should swaddle their babies. It will make them feel much happier and make you happy too. Most babies only need to be swaddled up until 3 months of age, but some babies may need it longer, up to 9 months old or when they begin to roll. The swaddling process has no reason to be rushed along. Some of the great benefits of swaddling your baby are listed below.

SIDS

Swaddling has been proven to reduce the chances of a baby having SIDS. Most pediatricians feel that swaddling will make it much harder for a baby to end up with their head or face covered against the bed and it lessens the ability for the baby to turn over on its stomach. Both of these incidents have been connected with SIDS being at an increased rate in new babies. Even with the baby swaddled, you should never lie the child down on its stomach to sleep. Swaddling is only intended for babies who sleep on their backs. Once the baby can flip over on its stomach while it is swaddled, he or she does not need to be swaddled any longer. If a baby is swaddled and flips over on its stomach, that will put them at a higher risk of SIDS then just being on their stomach sleeping without the swaddling.

Soothing

Swaddling has been proven to be very soothing and calming for a baby. When you first swaddle your baby, they may seem a bit upset and frustrated which may make you think the baby hates that position. That is not the case. Babies being swaddled will create a foundation of some great motions and noises for the baby. Swaddle the baby first and then offer a pacifier or some movement in the room to encourage the baby to sleep.

Improved Neuromuscular Development

Most new parents think their baby should have their arms and legs free to practice movement. They feel that a baby should learn how to put its fingers in their mouth for sucking or kick for experience. The truth is that most of the movement you see in a smaller baby is random and not intended at all. Studies have shown that by swaddling and immobilizing their arms and legs, they actually begin developing their motor skills at a faster rate.  Also, new swaddle designs – such as the Woombie baby swaddle – has a unique stretch design where the baby can move naturally and then the fabric conforms back to a snug-like cocoon.

Better Sleep

Swaddling can be very good for helping a baby to sleep better and cry less. Studies have shown that babies who are swaddled have a 28% reduced crying time. As well, you will see your baby sleeping longer and more soundly if they are swaddled. When the baby is swaddled in the blanket, it cannot be startled or awaken by its own random leg and arm movements. This helps the baby sleep more continuously without awakening. A longer window of sleep time for a smaller baby is more beneficial to mom and the baby both.

Swaddling your infant has for more benefits than not trying it at all. Help your baby feel more secure and begin swaddling immediately after birth.

Tom Wilkins writes about parenting, finance & finding the best quote for homeowners insurance.

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