So, your due date is approaching and your nesting instinct have kicked in. You need everything set up , and you need it NOW. You’ve spent the last 6-7 months googling away, trying to understand alien words like LMP and EDD. Now your doctor visits are more frequent and that voice inside of you is already telling you to start packing and get your hospital bag ready. But what should you pack for a baby you haven’t met yet?
Yes that’s a word you’ve heard often enough. But what exactly does it mean? And is it something you need for your precious baby?
A swaddle is a piece of cloth, usually square-shaped, that is used to tightly wrap newborns and infants. When you swaddle a baby, you are recreating the warm, cosy environment of the mother’s womb, helping the baby feel safe and calm.
Swaddling is such an inherent part of a newborn’s journey that it is practiced in hospitals across the world.
So what exactly are the advantages of Swaddling?
Swaddling replicates the snug feeling of being in the mother’s womb.
When properly swaddled, a baby gets the same snug feeling of still being in the mother’s womb. This means less anxiety for the baby leading to longer, uninterrupted sleep. Now doesn’t that sound like every new mum’s dream!!
Swaddling reduces the ‘Startle Reflex’ helping newborns sleep longer
Have you ever noticed a sleeping baby suddenly extending their arms and legs, arching their back, and then curling everything in again? This is an involuntary act known as the Startle or Moro reflex and doesn’t hurt the baby. But ask a parent who has just managed to put their little one to sleep and they’ll tell you how painful it can be to see their precious one awake again. Swaddling a baby has been proved to reduce the Startle Reflex and helps the baby sleep better
Swaddling reduces the risk of SIDS
In 2015, almost 20,000 infants died of SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome globally. While different countries come up with different guidelines to reduce SIDS, one common advice among them all is the importance of swaddling. Research shows that swaddling your baby and placing him on his back when asleep reduces the risk of SIDS.
Swaddling promotes sound sleep
Don’t take our word for it, but doctors in Germany studied the links between swaddling and sleep patterns of babies. Their research on 85 infants found that swaddling promoted a more quiet and sound sleep cycle in babies. .