You learned from your grandmother that swaddling was very beneficial for newborns. However, your friend’s mother tells her not to do it and is scared this method will harm her grandson. Who should you trust? And how can you know if swaddling is beneficial for your child or the opposite?
Swaddling Is Beneficial for These Reasons
First, know that swaddling means wrapping your baby completely in a tight cover after their bath and before they fall asleep. Is that good?
- Yes, because it makes your child feel safe. In this state, they regain the warmth that they experienced in your womb.
- It also helps regulate the involuntary movement of their hands that sometimes wake them up in an upsetting way.
Swaddling Is Harmful for These Reasons
- You shouldn’t swaddle children outside of bedtime hours. At other times, they need to communicate with their surroundings and move their arms and legs.
- If you swaddle your child, that means that you’re forcing them to stay in a straight position. They sometimes need to move and change their position.
- Pay attention if your child has any hip dislocation from birth; swaddling exacerbates these problems and may negatively affect their ability to walk later. It’s best, then, to be sure that the fabric isn’t putting any pressure on their lower body.
- A study published in Pediatrics magazine in May 2016, stated that swaddling children was linked to sudden infant death syndrome. It recommended not swaddling babies before the age of three months.
- If you want to swaddle your child, it’s best not to use a thick blanket. Choose a thin one.
- Don’t wrap their arms to keep the fabric from reaching their mouth and exposing them to suffocation.
- If you want to swaddle your child, there’s no need for them to wear thick clothing. It would make them feel hot and prevent them from sleeping.