“Swaddling” is also called as “tight wrapping” of your baby, it is an age-old technique used to make the baby feel safe and secure.
Swaddling involves wrapping a baby securely from shoulders to feet with a small blanket.
Swaddling makes infant care easy. There are more swaddling techniques which give an effective infant care.
Benefits of swaddling:
- Swaddling is a great way to calm and soothe your fussy infant.
- It lowers the risk of SIDS and thus makes infant care easy. Babies at the age of 3 months, when the risk of SIDS is greatest, traditional American swaddling techniques allow a baby to escape.
- This infant care method makes your baby feel secure and comfortable similar to how they felt while in uterus. It allows your baby to stay in more stable position while your baby is sleeping for longer hours and be less restful.
- In the first few days of life, this infant care helps your baby stay warm while sleeping, until his or her inner thermostat kicks in.
- Your baby naturally falls asleep when swaddle.
- Swaddling helps your baby sleep on his or her back.
- Babies have very little control over their muscle movements and often wake suddenly. Swaddling lessens the problem of awakening of your baby due to sudden arm and leg movements there by improving your sleep quality.
- Keeps your babyâ€™s face uncovered.
- It eases infant care by preventing your baby moving around the cot and getting into dangerous or uncomfortable position.
- A swaddle baby is easy to carry and hold.
- It can also help baby focus on breast or bottle feeding by keeping little hands out of the way.
How to swaddle your baby for effective infant care?
- Place your blanket diagonally on your bed.
- Fold the top corners down to create a straight edge at the top of the blanket.
- Put your baby on the blanket so that the straight edge of the blanket is under his or her neck.
- Fold the right corner across the front of the body, so it holds the baby’s arm against the side of his / her body; place the blanket under the bottom of your baby on the left side.
- Fold the bottom of blanket up to just about under your baby’s chin. You may need to fold it down so it doesn’t bunch up near your baby’s face.
- Place your babyâ€™s other arm at his / her side and drag the fabric snuggly across the body to the other side.
- Cover the remaining blanket beneath your baby to keep it from impending undone.
- Then you can acquire infant care with a happily swaddle baby.
Swaddling works best from newborn to approximately four months. Babies who are introduced newly to swaddling require an adjustment period.
While newly introducing swaddling to your baby, leave the arm free and swaddle the rest of the babyâ€™s body. The blanket should always feel comfortable but not tight.
Make sure that bodyâ€™s circulation is not compromised in any way or that baby is not uncomfortable. Ask a nurse, physician or midwife to demonstrate the correct technique for swaddling your baby which makes infant care easy.