Swaddling is a centuries-old tradition that dates back to 4000 B.C. and has been practiced all across the world. Swaddling an infant has numerous advantages. It not only relaxes and soothes them, but it also allows them to sleep for extended periods of time. Babies that are swaddled are quieter, sleep more, and have lower and more consistent heart rates, according to recent research. Swaddling is a lovely and safe approach to help soothe and comfort your infant when done correctly.
Swaddling Mimics the Womb
For your new baby, the transition from the womb to the outside world is not easy. From what was once a warm and snug cocoon, babies are thrust into a cold and bright world. Swaddling helps with the transition by recreating the safe and comfortable sensation of being in the womb.
Swaddling Mimics a Parent’s Soothing Touch
Touch has been shown to have neurological benefits, such as triggering a self-soothing response in the brain, regulating heart rate and blood pressure, and lowering cortisol levels. Touch is essential for a healthy infant’s growth. A secure swaddle helps your baby sleep longer, more restfully, and with fewer interruptions by simulating the soothing pressure of a mother’s touch.
Swaddling Moderates the Moro Reflex
Swaddling a newborn has several advantages, one of which is that it helps to reduce the effects of the Moro reflex. The Moro reflex, also known as the startle reflex, is a natural neurological response that makes a newborn feel as if they are falling. During the first three to four months of life, babies are constantly exposed to this. While the Moro reflex is a sign of a healthy baby, its effects can make it difficult for your baby to sleep.
Swaddling Helps Regulate Temperature
Swaddling your baby can help them maintain their ideal temperature, so make sure you use a high-quality, breathable swaddle like the Baby My Luxeve Newborn Swaddle, a blanket that ensures your baby doesn’t overheat. Avoid “double swaddling” or using an overly heated blanket.
Swaddling Helps Alleviate Colic
Any parent who has had a child with colic will tell you that it is one of the most challenging aspects of parenthood. In their inability to calm their wailing baby, some parents express a sense of helplessness. Colic is supposed to be caused by your baby’s developing digestive system, which makes it difficult for him to digest food.
Swaddling Reduces Incidents of SIDs
Swaddling is both effective and safe when done correctly. Swaddling, according to the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), aids in maintaining the supine position during sleep (sleeping on their back). SIDs are also more common in newborns who are placed to sleep on their stomachs, according to research. As a result, babies should only be placed on their backs, never on their stomachs or sides.
Swaddled Babies are Happier Babies
We’ve already discussed the advantages of swaddling a baby, such as how it can help soothe and settle your child, but did you know that it also stimulates a relaxation mechanism in babies? There are so many benefits of swaddling your child and research is still being undertaken. So what are you waiting for? See our range of swaddles and find out for yourself!