Swaddling is the practice of wrapping a newborn baby snugly in a blanket or cloth, with the arms and legs tucked in. This technique has been used for centuries and has numerous benefits for both the baby and the parents. In this blog post, we'll explore the benefits of swaddling newborns, the proper technique for swaddling, and when to stop swaddling.
Benefits of Swaddling Newborns
Swaddling can be safely used for the first few months of a baby's life, but it is important to know when to stop. As the baby grows and becomes more mobile, swaddling can become dangerous if they are able to break free and get tangled in the blanket. It is generally recommended to stop swaddling when the baby begins to show signs of rolling over, usually around 2-3 months old.
In conclusion, swaddling is a safe and effective way to help calm and soothe newborns, promote better sleep, reduce the risk of SIDS, and facilitate breastfeeding. By following the proper technique for swaddling and knowing when to stop, parents can use this technique to create a secure and comforting environment for their newborn baby.
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Sarah Eiley Cowherd
Sarah is a mama to 4 wild things and a doula in Charlotte, NC with over 10 years of experience in supporting families of all kinds. With gentle hands and a humble heart, she guides women to experience birth without fear and move forward into motherhood in confidence.