swaddling

Have you ever heard of swaddling? It's a way of keeping your baby warm and cosy... by wrapping him like a burrito!

Yes, you've read right. Mums today are all about burrito-ing their babies, but this isn't just some new, unfounded trend. Swaddling has many benefits for your baby and it makes him feel warm, safe and protected... Almost as if he or she still were inside your womb!

In the following article, we're going to explain what swaddling is, we're going to teach you how to do it right and, of course, provide a comprehensive list of its multiple benefits. If you've never heard about this baby-wrapping technique yet, don't miss the following lines!

 

What is swaddling?

It may be trending now, but swaddling has been around for a while. It consists in snuggling him or her in a blanket with his o her arms and legs inside it. Not only will he feel nicely surrounded and protected, as well as warm, but this swaddle wrap protects him against his Moro reflex or startle reflex.

The Moro reflex is something completely normal, but it can be annoying as sometimes prevents our little one from sleeping well. As you probably know, babies are born with some reflexes or involuntary movements that help them during their first weeks and months in the world. The Moro reflex, also called startle reflex, pushes the baby to open his little arms with their palms up whenever they feel a lack of support. It's good that they do this, because it means that their development is on point, but it can, as its name says...startle them. Whenever they feel they lack support, for instance, when you're putting them in the crib, they can startle and wake up... And this isn't likely to happen if you're a master in the art of swaddling!

Swaddling is a technique that reproduces the cosiness the baby feels in the womb, so it's perfectly understandable that your munchkin loves it!

 

The benefits of swaddling... And the risks

We've already discussed the benefits of swaddling, but let's establish them here one by one so they are easier to remember:

  • The baby feels warm and safe
  • The baby sleeps better, as it is protected from the startling reflex that makes him startle as soon as you try to put him in his crib
  • That same benefit applies to the mummy as well, as she will be able to rest better if the baby rests better!

However, swaddling entails certain risks as well. The baby loses mobility, because he's wrapped inside the blanket. Swaddling requires extra precautions in terms of sudden infant death syndrome prevention, because, as you probably know, the safest baby sleeping position to avoid it is him sleeping on his back. Of course, you can swaddle your baby and put him to sleep on his back, but what if he rolls?

Babies usually start rolling over when they are around two months old, which is why many experts recommend swaddling only until they reach this age. The Moro reflex is usually milder at this point, so your baby will be startling less and won't need more swaddling.

Another of the risks of swaddling is overheating. You will need to make sure that your baby is fine in terms of temperature. If you notice that he's sweating, breathing rapidly or he's flushed, remove the swaddle.

You can minimise these swaddling risks by taking into account the general recommendations to mininise the risk of SIDS or cot death, and also by observing your baby closely. There is one last risk that derives from swaddling wrong. If you swaddle your baby too tight, he could develop dysplasia of the hip, which means that his hip could be dislocated, totally or partially. This is why you need to leave him space so he's able to move his feet.

 

How to swaddle a baby

We're now going to explain how to swaddle a baby step by step, but remember that you can get a practical lesson from the nurses in the hospital, and you can also learn how to do it in your antenatal classes. In fact, it's better to receive a practical lesson even if you've read the following instructions and follow them closely and carefully, because, as we saw in the previous section, swaddling incorrectly entails certain risks that it's better to avoid.

  1. Spread a thin blanket in a flat surface and fold a corner. Then place your baby so his head is positioned by the folded corner, but at the edge, so you don't end up covering him with the blanket.
  2. Put the blanket across his body by grabbing it from another corner, and tuck it underneath the baby, leaving one arm inside and the other one outside.
  3. Now fold the bottom of the blanket and put it over the baby, but leave him plenty of space to move his little feet to avoid the risk of dysplasia.
  4. Now repeat step 2 with the last part of the blanket, covering his free arm.

And now you have a super cute baby burrito! Put him on his crib or his bassinet (this is safer than your bed), always on his back, and keep the necessary measures so he doesn't end up rolling on his stomach or suffocating - for instance, never leave pillows or loose sheets in the crib. If you notice that your baby starts rolling, stop swaddling immediately.

 

Need help? Ask other mummies in CaptainMums' forum!

 

Overall Rating (0)

0 out of 5 stars

Leave your comments

Post comment as a guest

0
Your comments are subjected to administrator's moderation.
  • No comments found

Activity Stream

ESO201722 started a new discussion Great chance to join RS3gold 3... yesterday

Over the buy rs3 gold short and long haul it's all about a consistent persistent effort on your part in terms of continually serving up good reading material. Blog posting is the most basic and vital task any blogger can perform and must be done in a consistent fashion to make your presence known. In addition your consistency will also send out the...

ESO201722 added a reply in discussion What time is RS3gold 60% off f... 3 days ago

This month Runescape game is facing with the OSRS 2019 Birthday!do you prepare for this great event and do you already snap up cheap rs gold for your gaming,now never miss to snap up RS3gold 60% off rs gold on feb 20. First come, first served! So best chance to take part in RS3gold OSRS 6th Birthday celebration: There will be total 3500M RS3 gold ...

ESO201722 added a reply in discussion When can you join RS3gold 60% ... 3 days ago

This month Runescape game is facing with the OSRS 2019 Birthday!do you prepare for this great event and do you already snap up cheap rs gold for your gaming,now never miss to snap up RS3gold 60% off rs gold on feb 20. First come, first served! So best chance to take part in RS3gold OSRS 6th Birthday celebration: There will be total 3500M RS3 gold ...

ESO201722 added a reply in discussion Do you want to snap up 60% off... 3 days ago

This month Runescape game is facing with the OSRS 2019 Birthday!do you prepare for this great event and do you already snap up cheap rs gold for your gaming,now never miss to snap up RS3gold 60% off rs gold on feb 20. First come, first served! So best chance to take part in RS3gold OSRS 6th Birthday celebration: There will be total 3500M RS3 gold ...

ESO201722 started a new discussion When can you join RS3gold 60% ... 3 days ago

This month Runescape game is facing with the OSRS 2019 Birthday!do you prepare for this great event and do you already snap up cheap rs gold for your gaming,now never miss to snap up RS3gold 60% off rs gold on feb 20. First come, first served! So best chance to take part in RS3gold OSRS 6th Birthday celebration: There will be total 3500M RS3 gold ...

ESO201722 started a new discussion What time is RS3gold 60% off f... 3 days ago

This month Runescape game is facing with the OSRS 2019 Birthday!do you prepare for this great event and do you already snap up cheap rs gold for your gaming,now never miss to snap up RS3gold 60% off rs gold on feb 20. First come, first served! So best chance to take part in RS3gold OSRS 6th Birthday celebration: There will be total 3500M RS3 gold ...

ESO201722 started a new discussion Do you want to snap up 60% off... 3 days ago

This month Runescape game is facing with the OSRS 2019 Birthday!do you prepare for this great event and do you already snap up cheap rs gold for your gaming,now never miss to snap up RS3gold 60% off rs gold on feb 20. First come, first served! So best chance to take part in RS3gold OSRS 6th Birthday celebration: There will be total 3500M RS3 gold ...

jollyhersblog started a new discussion Only Day To $70 OFF latest wo... 3 days ago

Mayor Linda Dahlmeier said she still thinks it is possible Women Fashion Dresses on Sale put cables surrounding the property. Citizens from Progreso, Texas, were found shot to death more than two weeks after they went missing from a restaurant near El Control. Frank Earnest, spokesman for the Virginia division. It is a risk to step away too long...

ESO201722 added a reply in discussion Where can I find 9% discount r... 5 days ago

We all know that Vanlentine's Day is on the way , so the important thing that RS3gold offers up to 9% off runescape gold for sale til Feb 15, If you wonder to snap up rs gold , Don't forget this good chance to save money. How will you go through the coming Valentine's Day ! Now RS3gold provides Valentine's Special deal: Up to 9% off code "PCS9"...

ESO201722 started a new discussion Where can I find 9% discount r... 5 days ago

We all know that Vanlentine's Day is on the way , so the important thing that RS3gold offers up to 9% off runescape gold for sale til Feb 15, If you wonder to snap up rs gold , Don't forget this good chance to save money. How will you go through the coming Valentine's Day ! Now RS3gold provides Valentine's Special deal: Up to 9% off code "PCS9"...

jollyhersblog started a new discussion when can i get 70% OFF women'... 5 days ago

Happy Valentine's Day! Check out Up To 70% OFF Women Valentine's Day dresses at Jollyhers!10% OFF code "LOVE" is also Available! Shop High-end Quality Women Dresses for Daily & Special Occasion at Jollyhers.com....

jollyhersblog started a new discussion What is the best website to g... 5 days ago

Happy Valentine's Day! Check out Up To 70% OFF Women Valentine's Day dresses at Jollyhers!10% OFF code "LOVE" is also Available! Shop High-end Quality Women Dresses for Daily & Special Occasion at Jollyhers.com....

jollyhersblog started a new discussion desire to have $70 OFF fashio... 5 days ago

State Department approved refugee processing center in Mobile. "But Fashion women dresses for sale allowances and grants are much harder to get, and the numbers of students working to support themselves are much greater.". He served four years and reached the rank of corporal. I grow up with many cars you show above. Seeing you can be extremely ...

davidwind added a reply in discussion What are the best ways to lose... 7 days ago

Hi, You can try Japanese diet https://bio-japan.net/supplements/weight-loss-drugs It helped me a lot and all my extra pounds simply vanished, Also mind that you should monitor your nutrition and increase your physical activity. Hope it can help...

Sallyford added a reply in discussion What are the best ways to lose... 7 days ago

I started with walking more and eating less fast food - which was my reason of existing. And as I saw that it even the little changes on my habits worked, it motivated me a lot. I was very surprised by the fact that a person could lose weight with just not eating fast food. So imagine the state I was in back then....

swratz started a new discussion What are the best ways to lose... 1 week ago

What are the best ways to lose weight?...

Cherry2 added a reply in discussion What games do you play with yo... 2 weeks ago

There are many variants. My son likes io games, they are very funny You can find many different genres on http://iospace.games/ there are only the best io games! You can launch them even on phone or tablet....

Aksha added a reply in discussion What games do you play with yo... 2 weeks ago

When they were little, “"Go Fish”, “"Old Maid”, “"Chutes and Ladders”. A little later: “Clue”, “Operation” and later still “Scrabble”, “"Trivial Pursuit”....

Bellatry started a new discussion What games do you play with yo... 2 weeks ago

What games do you play with your kids?...

ESO201722 added a new event 3 weeks ago

Grab chance to gain 9% off runescape cash for gold for...

ome symptoms rs3 gold for sale of Videogame over use are...

  • Thursday, 07 February 2019 12:00 AM
  • Seattle, WA
ESO201722 added a new event 3 weeks ago

Snap up RS3gold 9% off buy gold for runescape for...

Quests are rs3 gold for sale series of tasks with a...

  • Friday, 08 February 2019 12:00 AM
  • mississiple
ESO201722 added a new event 3 weeks ago

Grab chance to gain 9% off buy rs gold cheap for RS3gold...

Swatting has rs3 gold for sale become enough of a drain on...

  • Wednesday, 06 February 2019 12:00 AM
  • seattle
ESO201722 added a new event 3 weeks ago

Hurry up to get RS3gold 9% off free runescape money from...

The admins runescape 3 gold for sale donned their epic...

  • Tuesday, 05 February 2019 12:00 AM
  • Austin, TX
ESO201722 added a new event 3 weeks ago

Could you get RS3gold 9% discount how to sell runescape...

This is runescape 3 gold for sale fairly straight forward....

  • Monday, 04 February 2019 11:00 AM
  • NETHAER LAND
ESO201722 added a new event 3 weeks ago

Will you get RS3gold 9% off where to sell runescape gold...

Aps a runescape 3 gold for sale favor concluda, o Mago...

  • Sunday, 03 February 2019 12:00 AM
  • washington