Swaddling is one of many things that parents can do to help soothe a baby who’s fussing.
Being wrapped up gives babies a feeling of warmth and security and can help calm them down.
It is common for young babies feel uncomfortable when left unsupported, they feel unsafe, and miss the comfort of their mother’s womb. Swaddling helps re-create the feeling of safety and warmth your baby experienced during your pregnancy.
Swaddling is a great soothing technique that works best during the first 6 to 8 weeks of life.
The most important thing to consider when swaddling is safety – and that begins with using a lightweight organic cotton or thin flannel fabric or even our organic cotton muslin blanket, both of which we stock and sell for your babies benefit.
What caring parents should seek to avoid are the knit or heavy or fleece material-type blankets. It’s much harder to swaddle the baby safely in those, and the material is less breathable in the event it should come in contact with your baby’s face or mouth. That is why our organic cotton products give loving new parents the option of having a great and safe material for their little one.
Parents should also take care not to wrap their baby up too tightly. A nice snug fit is good enough. Using the right size organic cotton blanket will make the job easier.
The best advice for new parents is to use something that’s at least 1m x 1m. Our organic cotton swaddle blankets are just perfect to do this job. This is going to make swaddling easier.
Swaddling can help babies stay calm and sleep better, but be sure to place your swaddled baby on his back to snooze. Putting a swaddled baby on his tummy to sleep can substantially raise the risk of SIDS (Sudden infant death syndrome). And make sure to swaddle securely.
When swaddling your baby, use only one blanket. Using more than one blanket can cause your baby to overheat.
And don’t keep your baby swaddled all day long. It’s a great trick for keeping your baby calm while sleeping, eating, and resting, but be sure to give your baby plenty of unrestricted freedom of movement at other times.
You should stop swaddling if your baby resists being swaddled, kicks off the blankets, or can turn on his own from his back to his side.
As the baby gets older, you will probably find you are needing to do it less and less.
Learning to swaddle your baby securely takes a little practice.
Once you master the skill… It just takes a minute and you and your baby will be happier because of it.