Benefits of Swaddling Your Baby
Swaddling has been around for many years and exists in many different cultures throughout the world. There are many known benefits for swaddling your baby. Swaddling is the art of snugly wrapping your baby in a blanket for warmth and security. In fact, swaddling has become so important that before leaving the hospital you probably received a lesson on how to swaddle your little one.
There are many benefits to swaddling your child. Swaddling not only helps create a soothing feeling for babies but also might help ensure a better nights sleep for your little one. Swaddling also helps make certain that babies sleep throughout the night their backs, which can help reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Swaddling infants can help manage their startle reflex, which tends to alarm and wake many babies up for the first few months of their lives. Swaddling also closely represents the closed, comfortable environment of the womb that babies are so used to.
Once your baby is about a month old, you should start to stop swaddling as it may interfere with mobility and the growth and development in older babies. It is fine to continue to swaddle babies for naps and while they sleep if the babies tend to sleep better that way. Babies will let you know when it is time to stop swaddling all together by crying or kicking when they are bundled up.
Swaddling is a straightforward process in which babies can sleep better and feel more comfortable at times when they may be overly tired or simply cranky.