We all know how important sleep is – not just for a newborn, but all through childhood and beyond! And of course, a well rested family is a happy family, on all fronts.
Much has been said about the importance of routine when it comes to sleep, and of course, this is spot on. Having a bedtime routine certainly helps a baby know when it’s time for nigh-nighs. And while it’s important to have the right parameters in place for good sleep – with temperature, lighting and noise all playing a part, not enough focus is placed on what baby is sleeping in and on. Not to mention the fact that baby should feel safe and secure.
Swaddling is one way to ensure a peaceful sleep for your little one, especially swaddling with a Natural Kids bamboo wrap!
In fact, swaddling goes back many hundreds of years, but certainly from a safety perspective the importance of baby wrapping can to the forefront once again in the mid-1990’s following research around the increased incidence of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), directly related to babies sleeping on their tummies. From this time, swaddling made a resurgence as it’s a great way to ensure bub stays on their back – the safest place for them to sleep. If your baby can roll over by themselves when wrapped, it’s certainly time to stop swaddling! Thankfully, there are at least nine other uses (besides swaddling) for your Natural Kids swaddle – check them out here.
There are so many reasons to swaddle your baby, including, but not limited to:
- Swaddling can help babies to settle, which can reduce excessive crying. Note though that swaddling isn’t a magic pill! It is, however, the foundation on which other soothing techniques can be introduced. If you have a particularly fussy bub, you could start with swaddling and then add other soothing techniques such as a dummy, white noise etc.
- Swaddling reduces the likelihood that your baby will wake him or herself with the startle reflex, which in baby’s early days is a common concern as they learn to manage their little limbs. Note that most of your newborn bub’s limb movements are unintentional, hence they are referred to as the “startle reflex”. Swaddling immobilises their arms so they don’t suffer from this random movement, which in the long-run helps them to develop better motor skills.
- Swaddling ensures that bub’s body temperature is regulated – especially easy to do when swaddling in self-regulating bamboo swaddles / wraps.
- Swaddling can make a baby feel far safer and more secure, almost back in the womb (especially during what they call the fourth trimester, which is the first three to four months after the birth).
- Swaddling can help reduce the rate of SIDS as babies can’t inadvertently cover their heads or faces with any linen or bedding products, nor can they roll over on their stomachs. (in 2007 the Journal of Paediatrics completed a meta-study on swaddling and it was shown to reduce the rate of SIDS).
- Swaddling can certainly aid in the sleeping process – both getting them off to sleep and ensuring they get enough sleep for development, which is especially crucial in these first few months. Most certainly, swaddling stimulates sleep continuity – baby will generally sleep for longer (as they can’t startle themselves awake).
- Swaddling research shows that swaddling can be especially helpful for premature babies!
NOTE: Swaddling isn’t for every baby – if your little one seems more distressed when swaddled, it might not be the best solution for his or her sleep-time!