Swaddling is a great way to soothe your newborn baby. When your baby is swaddled, it is as if she is taken back to the days in the womb. The days when everything was comfortable, safe and snug. According to American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), this technique can be an effective way to help calm infants and promote sleep. But in order to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), parents should stop swaddling as soon as babies can roll over.
When done correctly and safely, swaddle your baby has a number of key benefits for both parents and babies.
1. Longer and sounder sleep
Swaddling in hands-over-heart position is the preferred sleeping position for babies. With this sleeping position, babies are able to self-soothe and able to get back to sleep on their own. This promotes a longer and sounder sleep in babies.
2. Soothe crying baby
When swaddled, babies feel secure and safe just like how they felt in the womb. Research has shown that swaddling can decrease crying by 42% in infants 8 weeks old or younger.
3. Prevent face scratching
The habit of scratching is normal among newborns, especially on the face.
4. May reduce risk of SID
Babies who sleep on their stomachs are at higher risk of SIDS. For that reason, parents are suggested to have their baby sleep on their backs. A properly swaddled newborn, with their face up, will be less likely to fidget and shift in sleep and end up on their tummy. However, parents should stop swaddling as soon as their baby can roll over.
5. Makes transition to crib or bassinet easier
As new parents, you will probably find it difficult to transition your baby from your arms to the crib. Have your baby swaddled makes this transition easier, as it continues to make the baby feel the security of your touch even as you move away from them.