Baby swaddling is the practice of wrapping an infant in a swaddling blanket from the shoulders to the feet. It helps to promote sleep patterns and can help to comfort your baby. The practice of baby swaddling has been used for centuries and is common in many different cultures throughout the World from America to Europe and the Middle East, as a result of the benefits swaddling provides. From studies, swaddled babies are calmer and less fussy. Swaddling recreates the cozy womb environment and makes babies feel safe and secure.
It has also been shown to also help in lowering the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). At three months of age, the risk for SIDS is at its greatest. It is safer to have young babies sleep on their back rather than on their tummy. To an extent, sleeping on their tummy gives babies a sense of safety and security, but it’s safer sleeping on their back. It is important to ensure that babies feel just as snug and secure on their back as they would on their tummy. By using the swaddling techniques, the blanket can allow the baby a way to escape.
Several misconceptions surround swaddling; common ones include the views that:
- *Babies don’t like to have their hands wrapped up tightly
- *They struggle and fight whenever someone attempts to put them in a wrap
- *They continue to struggle to get free whenever they are wrapped up.
These views are misguided as swaddling. Provided it is done correctly, it actually makes your baby feel both comfortable and secure. An appropriate swaddling technique places your baby’s hands in a natural position over their chest. You’ll notice that they do this on their own when they are lying unwrapped and contented on their back.
Below is a step by step guide you can follow to ensure your baby is well swaddled:
- 1 – Let the blanket be on a flat surface with the longest edge folded over 10-15 cm
- 2 – Ensure your baby is on the blanket with his/her shoulders lying over the folded over flap.
- 3 – Bend an arm up under one side of the flap and bring the wrapped arm across their chest and wrap it firmly around and under their back.
- 4 – Then do the same with their other arm
- 5 – Span out the bottom of the wrap and bring it up to their chest, spread it out and wrap firmly around and under their back
BENEFITS OF USING A SWADDLING BLANKET
You might want to consider swaddling if you find your newborn crying excessively. The first three months following the birth of a baby is followed by so many changes. No longer enclosed in a soft, warm environment a baby may have trouble adjusting. One technique that has proven to help is swaddling. Below are the benefits of swaddling.
Babies who are wrapped in a swaddling blanket are said to feel more secure; this feeling is similar to that of how they felt while in their mother’s womb. Have Faith Boutique’s swaddling blanket will wrap your little one up in cozy and warm cuteness. Generously sized and featuring personalized images and design. It’s an adorably soft and comfy blanket for swaddling and also great for after a bath.
Babies can’t efficiently regulate their temperature, therefore, swaddling can help keep them warm at a comfortable temperature if the proper swaddling blanket is used, thus allowing the baby to be warm and cozy while sleeping. At Have Faith Boutique, our personalized swaddling blankets are made of lightweight fleece (100% polyester) which makes it very soft. Furthermore, it is water repellent and provides great insulation to your baby.
Swaddling is also believed to make learning to breastfeed easier by keeping baby’s arms and legs contained within the snug blanket. Swaddling can help the infant focus better and properly latch-on until he or she has learned to breastfeed easily. Once baby has learned to latch-on easily, the new mom can then begin to breastfeed without the swaddle blanket to engage in more contact between infant and mother.
The velveteen fabric blanket (seen above) will be a blanket your baby will cherish forever. The Velvet baby Blanket is made from a rich velvet fabric and also approachable and adaptable to the life of your baby. By using low-impact fabrics and non-toxic dyes, each Have Faith Boutique velveteen collection is produced keeping the beauty of your baby in mind.
The swaddling blanket allows the baby to stay in a more stable position while it is asleep, this lowers the SIDS risk. Furthermore, the use of this blanket has been shown to help the baby sleep better and for a longer amount time as well as being more comfortable. The blanket prevents any quick movements that could cause the baby to wake up. This, in turn, helps to improve the parent’s sleep quality too.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Swaddling is a practice many new mothers are discovering. It is an age-old technique and works wonders for those babies who are having trouble learning to live in their new world. It provides a sense of security and restriction from the movement that causes distress especially in the first few weeks of life. However, make sure that your baby is not swaddled all throughout the day because that can be distressing. It can also make your baby feel uncomfortably warm. Surely, your baby wouldn’t want to be wrapped up the whole day. He also has to be given a chance to move around a bit and stretch his little muscles.
These blankets have a personalization option, which means your baby’s name, initials or images can be designed and dyed into the fabric. The blanket comes in various styles, including sets with simple patterns and unique prints. All of these items are made with soft fabric that is gentle enough for a newborn baby’s skin. If you’re looking for a personalized baby blanket, then you’ve certainly come to the right place! At Have Faith Boutique, we are continually engaged in designing the best and finest personalized blanket for your child and at the same time offering you affordable prices.