(Closed) Let’s talk swaddling….

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Babies are used to cramped quarters, and it comforts them as infants to be wrapped tightly in a swaddle. It soothes them and makes them sleep better.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

LOL I am not sure if they will go into shock or anything.

I just always assumed it was to mimic the womb and give the baby comfort.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

YouTube the 5 S’s and you’ll find out som e very magical things ๐Ÿ™‚  Or you can buy the book “Happiest Baby on the Block” and find out TONS of info!

Basically swaddling in those first weeks does help to mimic the feelings they had in the womb — warmth and tightness. They’ve basically been “held” for 9 months and then we expect them to be able to lay down without that sensation — it would be hard to imagine that.

When they’re past those very first weeks, they still don’t have much arm coordination, so often newborns will wake themselves up by bonking themselves in the face. My baby is 10.5 weeks old right now and he is still swaddled at night, otherwise when he does stir a little bit, he starts flailing, then he wakes up completely crying and mad because something keeps hitting his face!! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our nurses said that it mimics the womb so they feel safe. 

But also newborns don’t have a ton of muscle control so sometimes they’ll flail their arms unintentionally and startle themselves and wake up. If they’re all burrito-ed up then they can’t really move around too much.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

Our childbirth class said not to swaddle all the time. They said it’s better to do skin on skin contact. Especially if they’re nursing, it’s helpful for them to use their hands. But then again the newborn care class taught us how to swaddle….

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

It is to help mimic the feeling they had in-utero as PPs said.  However, my LO is 12 weeks old and I still have to swaddle him at night so he doesn’t startle himself awake all the time.  If I don’t swaddle him he will wake up every sleep cycle or two (which means no sleep for me).  If I swaddle him, he only wakes up to feed (unless he magically gets those arms out, which is more often than should be possible).  I’ve even resorted to a double swaddle for nights (no jammies, just a diaper so he doesn’t get over heated) because of his houdini ways of getting his arms free.  The double swaddle has gotten us to only waking up once around 1 am and then again right before my alarm goes off at 5 am.  It really is a lifesaver.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

Swaddling is a godsend!! We swaddled our son until he was five months old.  It was great.  The problem we had in the beginning was that we thought “he doesn’t like to be swaddled” because he fought back when we did it or broke out of it.  We learned that babies often resist the process (a lot of people think their babies don’t like being swaddled), but once you get them swaddled, and swaddled correctly, they are very happy!  The trick is you have to have a very tight swaddle because a loose one doesn’t work at all – and can make it worse in fact.  Watching The Happiest Baby on the Block DVD really helped us get our minds around the need and technique of a tight swaddle.

For our son the swaddle helped him 1- fall asleep and 2- stay asleep. infants flail their limbs and now that they sleep on their backs, this often startles them awake.  I was super worried about transitioning away from the swaddle, but it ended up being no big deal.  I also initially didn’t swaddle for naps,but finally started to and then naps got much better too.  Embrace the swaddle!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

Swaddling saved us.  My little one had a love/hate with the swaddle and would break free but it allowed her to sleep without her newborn reflexes waking her up.  Otherwise she would wake up every 5-10 minutes.  Eventually, the blanket wouldn’t keep her contained because she found ways to kick out of it, so we used the Miracle Blanket which was an awesome mummified version of a swaddle blanket. We got long 5-7 hour stretches  then. She napped unswaddled by month 2 but only for a short amount of time. She usually needed me near her for most of her long nap to stay asleep a good length.  Then Emi figured out how to break out of the Miracle Blanket swaddle. As soon as I found it wrapped around her neck one night, we immediately stopped swaddling around her  at night –just around her  3 month birthday.  She has been fine sleeping in her one piece footies sleep outfit (I’m sure there’s a name for that—pj’s) ever since. Once in awhile, if she is very fidgety at bedtime (usually b/c she’s overtired from the day’s events) my husband and I will hold down her limbs for a few minutes til she relaxes. She’s almost 4 months now.

Also, there are many ways to swaddle. And it freaked me out at first b/c it looked like I was ‘trapping her’  and looked as if she hated it, but it really did help her sleep and that was more important.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

I have one of those miracle swaddles that seems pretty easy to get around, but then I have a couple of the big muslin square swaddles.  My husband and I tried swaddling some stuffed animals and the square swaddles just seemed so big – didn’t work like the videos.  Do you just leave the extra fabric down around the legs? 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I have the aden & anais muslin swaddle blankets too.  For us, we work those by folding down a corner and laying baby with the folded corner side above his shoulders but below his ears.  Then I wrap the right side around and tuck it between the rest of the blanket and his body as tightly as possible (arm tucked by his side).  Then I pull up the bottom and tuck it behind his left shoulder (toga style).  Then I pull the left side around the upper part of his body (again, arm tucked by his side – you have to be quick on this one to get that arm to stay in place) and behind his back and pull tight.  The tail that is now in the front I tuck between his body and the part I just wrapped around him so it stays in place.  It makes a decent baby burrito.  I was never able to successfully tuck his legs up like he was in-utero but the baby burrito works for us.  For the double swaddle I do the same with a second muslin blanket after I wrap him in the first. 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Not ALL babies will want to be swaddled, though.

We swaddled my son and he was happiest when it was so tight he couldn’t move.  It also kept him from trying to roll around the crib all the time.  

My daughter, however, was in the NICU for a week and didn’t get swaddled while there.  Wires, etc tend to make swaddling impossible.  So, when she got home, she didn’t like the dark (they kept lights on ALL THE TIME in the NICU, for obvious reasons), refused to wear anything that resembled a hat, and hated the bassinet, especially if the lid was up due to being in the NICU and a tent for a while.  

She HATED the swaddling and would cry (ok, try to cry since she couldn’t make a sound until she was about two months old).

 

one of my nephews was happiest swaddled tight, the other loose.  so it really depends on your baby.  But I definitely recommend it because it keeps them warm, makes them feel secure, and THEY CAN’T MOVE!!!!  

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