Swaddling is a very old practice that is undergoing a rebirth today. Learn some helpful tips and tricks for applying this good practice. Following the right instructions and using the right cloth, swaddling helps the baby go through stages of adaptation to an independent life more easily, accompanied by the comfort of prenatal sensations.
What you need to know about swaddling?
Benefits of Swaddling
The benefits are actually many. Firstly, many studies indicate that swaddling favorably affects the development of the motor-motor system of the child and a better perception of his own body. In addition, swaddling has a positive effect in acute colic. Restriction of movement contributes to their faster removal and reduction of the suffering of the child. Another positive effect is prolonged sleep. Swaddling suppresses the Moro reflex (also known as flinching), which manifests itself with a sharp lowering of the baby’s head and leads to its sudden awakening. This simple way will give you some more invaluable hours of sleep.
What do the doctor’s say?
According to pediatricians, it is good to swaddle a child before the end of the second month, including pens. In the third month, some children begin to put their fingers or their entire fist in their mouth, which is why it is good to leave the hands free. This behavior of them shows a sufficient development of hand-to-mouth coordination. By the end of the fourth month, you can already use sleeping bags.
How many hours a day should a baby swaddle?
The first days after childbirth, it is recommended that the baby be swaddled every time he falls asleep, especially if he is overexcited, rarely sleeps or birth was difficult. Experts are unanimous in the fact that it is not the swaddling time that matters, but the above advantages, both for him and for you.
Never swaddle your baby when he is crying or annoyed. Firstly, it will take a lot of time and nerves, and secondly, it is good to swaddle and communicate with the child at a favorable moment for this. This is why it is recommended to do this after a meal, when the child is calm and happy, or as soon as he falls asleep.
Suitable swaddling cloth
Cotton or bamboo muslin is suitable, the optimal size is 120cm x 120cm. It is this fabric that allows the child to feel reliable, comfortable and comfortable. It is not recommended to choose a cloth for changing from classic cotton, because when bending and turning, the child does not feel comfortable.