What are the dos and don’ts of swaddling?

What are the dos and don’ts of swaddling?

Swaddling is an age-old method, used by generations of parents. It can help to make our baby feel secure and less likely to be disturbed by the little jerks he does in his sleep, known as his startle-reflex. Baby swaddle in Singapore may also assist our baby to calm down if he is over-stimulated.

Swaddling creates a minor pressure around our baby’s body, which may give him a sense of security. The sensation mirrors the pressure he once felt in our womb (uterus). It may help to encourage our baby to sleep. But bear in mind that some babies do not enjoy the sensation of being swaddled. Our little one will soon let us know!

To swaddle our baby:

         Spread a cotton cot sheet out flat, with one corner at the top folded over to a depth of about 15cm (6in).

         Lay our baby on his back on the sheet, with his neck resting against the fold of the sheet.

         Wrap the top left-hand corner of the sheet across our baby’s body and tuck it under his left arm.

         Pull the bottom left-hand curve up over his body, tucking it in over his left shoulder and arm.

         Take the right corner and wrap it around our baby’s back, leaving only his head and neck exposed. We can roll our baby slightly to get the material around him.

         Allow enough room for our baby to move his hips and knees freely, so he can bend his hips up and outwards.

Make sure we do not swaddle our baby too tightly, as this may affect his later mobility and development. Always make sure he has plenty of room to move his legs up and down at the hips. If we swaddle him too tightly, with his legs pressed together and straight down, he is more likely to develop problems with his hips.

Do not cover our baby’s face with the sheet and make sure that he does not overheat. Use a thin blanket or muslin for swaddling. Check his temperature frequently to make sure he is comfortable. The idea is to make him feel secure, not use it as a method of keeping him warm.

Some babies prefer to have their arms free. If our baby prefers this, simply pursue the directions for swaddling as above, but tuck each blanket corner under his armpit instead of over his shoulders.

How long we keep our baby in his swaddle is up to us, as long as his hips and legs have plenty of movement, and he seems happy and content. Some experts recommend removing the swaddle in breastfeeding so that our baby’s hands are free to explore and touch. This is thought to help with latching on.

We should stop swaddling our baby as soon as he starts rolling over onto his tummy during sleep. If he is swaddled he may have difficulties breathing. As he gets older he will start to move roughly more during sleep, and swaddling might make him uncomfortable and likely to wake up.

Look for our baby’s cues for when it is time to stop too. If our baby begins to kick off his swaddling day after day, it may be a sign he no longer appreciates person bundled so snugly! To find out more about our belly armor blanket in Singapore click here.