What is Swaddling?
Swaddling is as ancient as parenting itself. For generations mothers have swaddled their babies and it is only in recent years that some Western Cultures have stopped swaddling their babies. Now the wisdom is returning to Western moms as we now know that swaddling is a simple strategy to sooth babies and has fabulous benefits for sleep too.
Why is Swaddling so important?
The first 12 weeks of your baby’s life is essentially a ‘fourth trimester’. During this time your baby’s nervous system is immature and this is the reason so many little ones are unsettled, especially at the end of a busy day.
The tight wrap of a swaddling blanket creates a deep pressure similar to the one your baby felt in utero, which she will find emotionally reassuring. Research has shown that babies who are swaddled tend to be far calmer and less agitated, which can be particularly useful if your baby is colicky.
Research also shows that babies who are swaddled tend to sleep better and deeper, experience more quality REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep and wake less frequently.
In addition, young babies and particularly those that ‘fight’ at the breast, feed better with more co-ordinated sucks and breaths when swaddled.
A few tips about swaddling:
• Swaddle your baby’s legs bent at the hips. In this position your little one will feel more contained and it’s better for hip development
• Allow times in the day when your baby is un-swaddled and can kick those little legs -important to explore their new sense of movement and to stretch those little legs out.
• Swaddle your baby from birth to around nine to twelve weeks or until your baby is rolling.
The Love To Dream Swaddle Up has been designed to address some of the comfort aspects of traditional swaddling.
In traditional swaddling, babies arms are restricted and swaddled down or with their arms across their chests. The Swaddle UP™ has been designed to allow a more natural “arms UP” position allowing baby to still self-soothe, with the greatest range of arm movement for babies while, most importantly, still performing the core job of swaddling – to help prevent the startle reflex and make babies feel secure after being snug in the womb for 9 months.