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Should I Swaddle My Baby

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Should I Swaddle My Baby

The Origins of Swaddling Babies

Some parents are a little unsure about this topic and often ask the question 'should I swaddle 

Should I Swaddle My Baby
my baby?' The short answer is yes but on this page I hope to explain the reasons why. Swaddling babies is a tradition that has been around for over 6000 years and is believed to have originated somewhere around 4000BC. There are good reasons why the practice has survived so long and no doubt it will continue far into the future. Some may ask, why in this modern world we need to resort to what seems like a primitive process of swaddling a child in a muslin wrap. Lets to a look at the reasons for the above answer to this question.

Why Should You Swaddle a Baby

1. To Keep Them Warm

There are actually a few reasons why you should swaddle your baby and they are all for varying reasons. Here we are going to take a look at the top three main reasons you should swaddle a baby.

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2. To Help Them Settle.

This is probably the most obvious reason to swaddle a baby. It is important to keep young babies warm, especially in their first few months and wrapping them in a swaddle is the best way to do it. Generally it is considered unsafe to have any loose blankets or sheets in a crib and swaddling eliminates the need for these. You can also buy swaddles in a variety of thicknesses from very light almost paper thin wraps for summer to multi-layered thick wraps for those colder months. It is important to think about the season in which your child will be born and buy some wraps that will be appropriate. You may be wondering why you would swaddle a baby in summer, why not just go without? Swaddling is still a good idea in the warmer months and we will go over the reasons why in points two and three below.

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3. Keeping Them Safe

This is probably the biggest difference you will notice when swaddling your baby. A newborn has gone from spending 9 months in a warm, snug womb and now faces a daunting life in the outside, cold and open world. By wrapping your child, you are returning her to that snug feeling she 'grew up' with in the womb. Swaddling will make her feel snug and safe thus reducing anxiety and restlessness. Also because her arms are restricted she is far less likely to wake herself up when startled (this is called the startle reflex). The result of all this is that your child will settle much faster and will probably sleep for longer intervals. This means more sleep for you and bubs.

3. Keeping Them Safe

This is the most important reason to wrap young babies. It has been shown in research all over the world that swaddling a baby reduces the chance of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). There are a few reasons for this, firstly as mentioned above, wrapping a baby eliminates the need for any loose items in the crib or cot. Loose items can become entangled with a babies head causing troubles breathing. It is advised that young babies do not have any loose items in their crib, including pillows, loose blankets, soft toys and any protective padding. The other reason Swaddling can add to safety is that it helps keep them in position and prevents them from rolling over. These days it is recommended that babies only sleep on their backs and never on their stomachs.

My Baby Doesn't Want To Be Swaddled

Everyone is different and babies are exactly the same. They have their own preferences and despite the reasons listed above some just won't like the feeling of being wrapped. If this is the case with your child then don't despair. Their is a solution for you. Baby Sleeping bags are a great alternative to wrapping babies and can provide the warm and safety of a wrap without the restricted feeling that some babies just don't seem to like. You can also consider angle wraps which are a modification to the sleeping bag.

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