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Most parents agree that swaddling a newborn baby is the right thing to do, but many of them don’t understand why it is worth doing.
In this article, we are going to go over what are the benefits of swaddling a baby with muslin blankets from Roll Up Baby, as well as some safety tips for new Moms. Let’s get started!
Swaddling your newborn may not immediately soothe and calm down your crying baby. In fact, many parents find that the swaddling process makes babies more frustrated and makes them cry more loudly for a short period of time.
However, swaddling is meant to serve as the basis or foundation for which other soothing techniques like motion and white noise build upon. Once you swaddle your baby, layer on additional soothing techniques to calm the baby down and encourage sleep.
A study by the Journal of Pediatrics has found that swaddling reduces the rate of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). It is believed that swaddling makes it harder for newborn babies to cover their faces with bedsheets and decreases their ability to turn over to their stomachs, - two factors linked to SIDS.
Babies cry a lot, no matter how hard you try to soothe them. However, by adding swaddling into your arsenal of other baby soothing techniques, you are likely to reduce the crying.
Many new parents believe that a newborn needs to have their hands free to practice using them, get their hands into their mouths to soothe themselves by sucking on fingers, and more. However, the movements of newborns are unintentional and random. By immobilizing their arms, you will aid the baby in developing better motor skills.
If you put your baby to sleep while swaddled, they are likely to sleep tighter and longer. Swaddling stimulates sleep continuity and prevents newborns from waking themselves up with random arm movements.
Learning how to swaddle a baby correctly is key to ensuring effectiveness and safety.
Here are some safety tips for swaddling your baby:
There are many reasons to swaddle a baby: from reducing the risk of SIDS to soothing and improving their sleep. And while there is no doubt that swaddling is important for newborn babies, the quality of a swaddle blanket is of no less importance. Shop premium quality swaddling sets from Roll Up Baby today.