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All You Need To Know About Swaddling

swaddling

All You Need To Know About Swaddling

Many new parents will not leave the hospital without learning the ropes on how to swaddle their infant, along with the many benefits from their nurses. A blanket that is wrapped tightly around an infant can closely resemble the way they felt in their mother’s womb and can soothe a newborn baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that swaddling is an effective form of comfort for a child and can promote sleep when done correctly.

Swaddling is a way to prevent your infant from disturbing herself by her own startle reflex. It’s very important to swaddle when you’ve completed your feeding and your little one has dirtied their diaper. When they’re ready to fall back asleep, this is the time to swaddle. If you notice that your infant is over stimulated, this is a great way to calm them or when she needs to feel a sense of familiarity, or a sense of security and the specific tightness she received from being in the womb for so long.

If you choose to swaddle, make sure it’s done correctly. When parents improperly swaddle, forcing their legs down and not letting their feet naturally ball up, loosens their joints and damages the soft cartilage that’s still forming of their hip sockets which will give them hip dysplasia. Be sure there’s enough slack at the bottom of the blanket so that your infant can pull their legs up and out from their body. It’s important to keep your infant swaddled at all times for the first month. When they reach a month, stop swaddling at all times and keep them swaddled during nap and nighttime.

Research suggests stopping swaddling around the clock after the first month and only swaddling at their nap time and bed time. The reason being due to the possibility of affecting your infant’s mobility and development. When your infant is a month old, swaddling just at nap and bedtime is important because it will get your baby accustomed to a routine and they’ll start to expect their naps and go down calmer when it’s that time. Babies on a schedule will be less fussy and will have a better chance at being a good sleeper in the coming years.

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