* I was compensated by Baby Miracles to discuss swaddling and their Baby Gift Box Sets. All opinions here are my own.
Way past the newborn and baby ages here, but still couldn’t resist sharing some much needed newborn baby swaddling advice.
It is no secret that I have shared here in the past that my first was not a very good sleeper having suffered from colic.
There wasn’t much I could do to get her to sleep peacefully.
Trust me I tried.
But then along came my second daughter only a mere 16 months later.
She was the complete opposite. This baby loved to sleep.
Early on, I found that she especially loved to sleep when swaddled.
I kid you not, I would swaddle her and it was like someone waved a magic wand to put her fast asleep.
Even though, she was essentially a good sleeper on her own, I wasn’t going to knock swaddling as it seemed to help further her good sleep habits from the earliest of ages.
But why does swaddling work?
A newborn baby is used to be hold closely and snuggled tightly in the mother’s womb before birth. So, once they are born into this world, they still crave that closeness.
Skin to skin closeness while trying to soothe to sleep is the optimal way most infants like to fall asleep. However, this is not always feasible, plus as much as you want to hold your newborn, it helps to get them comfortable in falling asleep without always doing so. Swaddling is a great way to do.
But again why? Because swaddling mimics the close quarters that a newborn baby was indeed used to in the womb.
How often can you swaddle your baby?
This is really a personal choice. My baby only liked it to sleep swaddled. Therefore, it was only at sleep time.
I also made sure to wean her off of this.
Because once the baby begins to learn to roll over swaddling can become a hazard as it can actually cause suffocation. Also, too long swaddled mean that the baby will sleep through feedings. So, I tried my best to make sure that I would open the swaddle up around feeding times, because a missed feeding once in awhile might not be an issue. But too many can hinder a baby’s growth.
See eating and feedings equal growth for a baby. So, you want to make sure the baby is still awake to eat, too.
Therefore what are some other safety precautions for swaddling?
1. Babies should always sleep on their backs.
I know this has changed over the years (especially since I was baby over 40 years ago). But it had been determined that making sure you put your baby to sleep on their back is best, especially to prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Again once they can roll over, swaddling should cease to exist.
2. The Crib should always be empty of all toys and blankets.
As tempting as it may be to put a stuffed animal or blanket into the crib with your newborn. This is something that really shouldn’t be in the crib with them until they are quite a bit older. At this tender young age, the crib needs to be empty as once again this could end up causing more issues, especially with SIDS, too.
3. Make sure to regulate room temperature.
The baby is already swaddled in a blanket. Therefore, they are most likely snuggly and warm. So, the overall room temperature should be between 65-70. Why? So the baby doesn’t overheat.
So how do you swaddle a newborn baby?
- Place a big receiving blanket to avoid overheating the baby in a diamond in front of you.
- Then, fold down the top corner of the diamond and place the baby in the center with their neck at the fold of the blanket.
- Don’t force the baby’s limbs straight, let them be comfortable, hips flexed and knees bent.
- Next, fold over the left side in front of the infant and tuck behind the baby.
- Now, fold up the middle piece in front of the baby.
- Plus, fold over the right side and bring it over the top and under the baby.
- Lastly, pick up infant supporting their head and bottom.
- Remember though if at first you don’t succeed then try, try again as practice makes perfect!
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Now that you have all the newborn swaddling baby info, go forth and swaddle like a pro!