Swaddling a baby is a method in which the baby is wrapped securely in a blanket from shoulder to toe. It helps improve sleep patterns and may help calm your baby. Swaddling babies has been used for centuries and is common in many cultures worldwide.
Swaddling helps improve your baby’s sleep patterns by calming them down
It is believed that this method may help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. The belief stems from the finding that a swaddled baby has a more stable position and is more difficult to roll over during sleep. Diapers can also help prevent a baby’s twitching during sleep, sometimes bothering him. The benefit for parents is that since the baby sleeps longer, the parents can sleep too.
When you first start swaddling your baby, it’s important to consider how long it may take your baby to get used to the sensation. Don’t start with a blanket wrapped too tightly, as this can cause discomfort and anxiety for the baby. Instead, try to make sure your child is comfortable but not too tight. As your child gets used to the process, you can gradually increase the tension. If you doubt how tight the blanket should be, you should discuss this process with your midwife, family nurse, or doctor so that it does not affect your circulation.
Once your baby gets used to swaddling, you can use this technique while your baby is awake to help calm him down. If you breastfeed by wrapping your baby in a changeling blanket, you will reduce his movements during feeding and help him fall asleep if you try to calm him down. You should try to limit swaddling when trying to put your baby to bed. The sense of security that swaddling can provide can teach your baby that it’s time for bed, and over-swaddling can negate it.
In addition, your baby may be uncomfortable with excessive restraint. When swaddling a baby, the temperature should also be taken into account. In hot environments, adding an extra layer of baby swaddle can make your baby feel too hot, and if so, you should consider reducing some of the other layers. And finally, don’t swaddle your baby too tight when he’s awake—in addition to teaching him to sleep patterns, your baby will want to move around and enjoy some freedom when he’s awake. You can try to wrap the blanket more loosely and even leave your hands on the outside of the blanket. Once your child is comfortable with the process, you can move on.
Diaper blankets are commonly used for newborns and babies around four months. Sometimes you can continue longer if you feel your baby enjoys being swaddled. When your child reaches this stage of his development, you need to start teaching him to fall asleep without the cozy feeling of a blanket.