Swaddling is one of the most gentle, effective and beneficial practices for parents and their children.
Swaddling Mimics Soothing Touch
Widely known as a trusted method for easing the transition between womb and world, swaddling recreates the secure and cozy feeling of the womb.
Some touch therapists say that swaddling can help develop an infant's tactile system so they become comfortable with being touched, which is key to healthy development. On a neurological level, intimate contact activates and reinforces a self-soothing response that decreases stress by lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol concentrations. What this means for your baby is longer, more restful sleep with fewer disturbances. Swaddled infants tend to fall asleep more quickly and stay asleep more consistently throughout the night. More sleep for baby means more rest for parents.
Swaddling Increases Your Baby's Quality of Life
It is said to be familiar to babies, as it recreates the secure and cozy feeling of the womb. It has also been said that swaddling babies prevents spontaneous movements called the moro or startle reflex from waking them—which allows for a much more peaceful night's sleep.
Swaddling Keeps Your Baby Warm - But Not too Warm
Appropriately using a single, high-quality swaddle helps to maintain the optimal temperature for a baby's body. Newborns, still adjusting to life outside the womb, are unable to regulate their body temperature on their own. Breathable, moisture-wicking muslin swaddles keep your baby all warm and toasty without the danger of overheating.
Swaddling Reduces Incidents of SIDS and Other Accidents
Loose blankets in your baby's crib pose a serious threat to their well-being, increasing chances of nighttime suffocation. With their arms constrained, babies are prevented from pulling bedding and clothing over their faces. When properly swaddled, babies have everything they need to stay warm without the danger of suffocation hazards.