To swaddle or not to swaddle? And why is it important to swaddle a baby?
As a new mom, you probably have these questions in mind. And with all the conflicting opinions the internet has in store for you, coming up with a decision or an answer won’t be that easy.
The good news is that we have the answer for you. Here are 3 good reasons why you need to swaddle your baby.
It promotes positive sleep association.
When a baby is swaddled every time he’s about to sleep, he’ll soon associate it with going to bed. It will help him calm down naturally and prepare himself to sleep and nap.
It keeps babies warm.
On the first few days of his life, your baby’s internal thermostat isn’t that fully functional yet. This means that he may have a hard time keeping himself warm on his own. This is where swaddling can help.
It prevents babies from getting disturbed by their own startle reflex.
Your baby won’t be able to outgrow his startle reflex until he’s about 3 to 6 months of age. This involuntary reflex can disturb him each time there’s a sudden movement or loud noise. Wrapping your baby with the right swaddling blanket can help minimize that.
Swaddling is great for babies as long as you know the right way to do it and how long you can swaddle your baby in a day. When done incorrectly, it can increase your baby’s risk of suffocation or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.