Swaddling for babies: How does it work?
Swaddling is an age-old practice of wrapping babies in a light blanket or cloth. It’s often used as a way to help calm and soothe newborns, and has been linked with lower rates of SIDS.
The main theory behind swaddling is that it re-creates the feeling of being in the womb for babies. The snugness of the swaddle simulates the close quarters of the womb, which can help babies feel safe and secure.
Swaddling also limits a baby’s movement, which can lead to fewer startle reflexes (those sudden jerky movements that can wake a baby up). This makes it easier for babies to sleep for longer periods of time.
Swaddling is an age-old practice of wrapping babies in blankets or other cloths so they feel snug and secure. It's often used as a way to calm crying babies and help them sleep.
Swaddling works by mimicking the feeling of being in the womb. The snugness of the swaddle reassures babies and helps them feel safe. Swaddling also prevents babies fromstartling themselves awake with their own jerky movements (known as the Moro reflex).
If you're thinking about swaddling your baby, it's important to do it correctly. Improper swaddling can increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Follow these tips for safe swaddling:
Use a large, breathable blanket. Make sure the blanket isn't too hot or too heavy.
Don't wrap the blanket too tight. Leave enough room for your baby to move his or her hips and knees.
Don't let your baby overheat. Check to make sure your baby's chest isn't too warm.
Stop swaddling when your baby starts to roll over or is able to