Swaddling is a special winding technology which enables you to wrap your baby narrowly. This method is quite old and has been practiced by many different cultures up to the 20th century. Infants were swaddled because their body was esteemed to be very weak and fragile. Many parents believed they would prevent a curvature of backbone if they swaddled their child.
Nowadays, babies are swaddled in order to stay calmed down. A suckling can be wrapped immediately after birth. Swaddled babies may be restricted in their space of movement but a positive aspect is that they can’t move their arms and legs uncontrolled. This helps avoiding unintended and forceful twitch with arms and crying- the so called Moro reflex. Wrapping a baby helps it to sleep peacefully. Narrowness is familiar to babies because of their stay in womb - it conveys security.
Swaddle your baby correctly
Swaddling a suckling is to hold back unintended and uncontrolled muscle twitch therefore it’s important to wrap a child narrowly. But still parents should make sure they don’t pinch off any body parts – the baby must be able to move its head. A child is suitably swaddled if it has little space to move arms and if the swaddle blanket, swaddle cloth or swaddle sack doesn’t unfurl when baby moves. Parents should decide on their own if they like to swaddle their baby’s feet or not.
A baby should only be swaddled in sleep phases to avoid dysfunction while it is developing. Parents should pay attention and not dress their baby to warm. It’s enough to put just a shimmy and diaper on baby when it is swaddled. A cap on baby’s head to adapt to ambient temperature is also approved. That is how a child can be protected from drafts and heat loss through the head.
Swaddling withholds scream attacks of your baby
A baby has scream attacks when it cries very often and can’t sleep well. Swaddling may be a good solution to this problem. Babies normally calm down quickly and find their peaceful sleep.
The duration of swaddling is from baby to baby different. A rough guide line for stopping wrapping is when your baby is three to five months old. That’s the age where the Moro reflex which causes twitch and scream attacks regresses and at long last disappears because of the development of nervous system. It’s advisable to stop swaddling as soon as the child is able to sleep quietly on its own.
Wean baby gradually from swaddling by loosening swaddle sack day by day this is really important. There are probably babies who like to stay swaddled for a longer period as in this matter: The proof of the pudding is in the eating!
Different variations of swaddling
Use for instance big and elastic baby blankets, swaddle sacks or swaddle cloths to swaddle baby. Swaddle blankets are often made up of cotton which is light and permeable to air. Easiest and fastest way to wrap your child is by using a swaddle sack.
How to swaddle
Many midwives have gained experience in swaddling. Parents can ask midwives to teach them how to swaddle correctly. It’s recommended to use swaddle sacks when difficulties occur while trying swaddle blankets or cloths. In addition the internet contains a huge variety of tutorials about how to swaddle a baby.Look at NONOMO swaddle aid