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Reduce Fussiness and Help Baby Rest More Soundly With Swaddling

January 9th, 2015

By Hindi Zeidman, founder of Ollie Swaddle 

Do you ever wonder why babies love being swaddled?  The technique of swaddling is a timeless practice that has been used throughout the ages. Swaddling your newborn, or wrapping your baby snuggly in a blanket, can help her feel safe and secure in the early weeks after birth. Chances are your nurse will hand you a perfectly swaddled and peaceful baby in the hospital after your baby’s birth. Many parents can even take a class before their baby is born to learn the swaddling technique. 

Babies like the feeling of swaddling because it reminds them of being in the womb. It gives them security and warmth. If your baby squirms and cries when she is being swaddled, it means she'd rather have her arms and legs free. If this happens, just try wrapping her more loosely in the blanket and see if she likes that better. Doctors recommend that babies stop swaddling once they near the point of rolling over. Once your baby can roll over, she should no longer be swaddled as it restricts movement and will not allow her to safely lie on her tummy or return to her back. 

There are so many benefits to swaddling. Here are a few reasons why we believe in swaddling:

  • Helps infants sleep longer and reduces spontaneous arousal
  • Helps to keep infants in the supine position
  • Soothes pain and reduces crying among irritable infants
  • Reduces the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
  • Preterm infants show improved neuromuscular development, less physiological distress, better motor organization and more self-regulatory ability

Of course, you want to make sure your baby gets the most benefits out of swaddling.  Here’s what to look for in a swaddle:

  • The fabric or material should have some give to reduce the risk of hip dysplasia 
  • It should also have moisture wicking properties to keep baby dry and comfortable
  • It should have an opening so you can easily change baby’s diaper
  • It should have the flexibility to be used snuggly or loosely as different babies have different needs  

Happy Swaddling! 

About Hindi Zeidman

Hindi Zeidman is the founder of Ollie Swaddle: the cozy swaddling solution designed to decrease fussiness, assist in self-calming, and ultimately improve baby’s quality and duration of sleep. As a parenting and baby expert, Hindi helps moms and dads navigate the ups and downs of parenting through her advice. She covers topics ranging from the best ways to swaddle, how to soothe and calm your baby, best bedtime routines for baby, and more. www.theollieworld.com

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