Swaddling is the ancient practice of tightly wrapping an infant in a blanket to make them feel cocooned and cozy, the way they were when inside their mother’s womb. Over the years, swaddling has become more popular as medical professionals have changed baby sleep guidelines and recommend that infants be placed on their back to sleep instead of their tummy.
The Back to Sleep campaign was launched in 1994 and cautioned parents about putting their babies to sleep on their tummy, based on research that demonstrated a link between tummy sleeping and sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.
As parents started to heed this advice, they looked for ways to help their babies fall asleep and stay asleep – ways that were both gentle and safe. Enter the swaddle.
Up until about four or five months of age, infants typically have what is referred to as the Moro reflex. The Moro reflex is the infant’s response to the sudden loss of support, the infant feels as if it is falling. Not the best sensation when you’re trying to sleep! When the Moro reflex is enacted, the infant typically spreads out its arms and cries. However, if the infant is swaddled, then reflex is less pronounced and sleep can continue uninterrupted.
When it comes to swaddling, there are so many options. It can be overwhelming for new parents to navigate what products to use and how to use them correctly. At Baby Lev, we believe that a swaddle should be:
Ready to start swaddling? Check out this video to learn how to swaddle.
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