Swaddling your baby is a great way to keep baby secure and warm. If you're looking into swaddle baby blankets, try not to use the one you may get from the hospital since those really aren't so great for the job. It's a good idea to swaddle your baby in the first eight weeks, though nothing is written in stone, so don't worry.
Being a new mom, you will truly find out how much swaddling can help you and your baby. Make sure you learn the right technique, so that your baby stays safe and comfortable. When you bring baby home, you'll slowly begin to find out certain patterns developing.
Some babies may be quiet and others may cause you sleepless nights! You're always nervous, stressed and tired when this happens. That's not your fault, since many new mothers will go through the same thing. Swaddling your baby will help prevent much of this and give you much-needed peace of mind. Coming back to the point on a restless baby, if you find this to be true in your case, swaddling your baby will make your baby feel warm and comfortable. It can be very soothing for the baby, adding an element of security as well.
Your baby will not cry as much since he or she is feeling good and that gives you some peace as well. After all, it's not just about baby; don't forget to look after YOU as well. If you're tired and stressed all the time, it makes it harder to look after baby, right? This way, you can do the best you can for him / her. As long as you do it right, you don't have to worry.
Try using something comfortable like flannel. It should be a snug fit and not too tight. Something around forty by forty inches should do very nicely. You always tend to worry when your baby cries. It's natural. Swaddling your baby has shown to reduce the number of times babies cry and get restless. This is why it's a great idea to get a good swaddle baby blanket and keep baby soothed and happy. Also, did you know that it will help baby sleep better? If your baby is a restless sleeper and you haven't tried swaddling yet, perhaps it's time that you did.
There is strong evidence to suggest that swaddling improves baby's sleep since they tend to sleep comfortably longer and are less prone to startling themselves and waking up crying. SIDS is one of those really sad occurrences that can happen to any family. When swaddling is done properly, it can help prevent SIDS. Make sure when swaddling baby to never place baby on the tummy or on the side; always on the back.
You can swaddle baby by tucking in the arms and just leaving the hands free, just in case they want to suck on their thumb for added comfort. Remember, don't do it all day. To reiterate, make it snug and not tight. Swaddle baby blankets are such a blessing for new mothers (and fathers). Baby is safe, warm, secure and healthy and that means you're going to be one very happy parent!
|Small||3-6 months||24-28 inches||~12-19lbs|
|Medium||6-12 months||29-32 inches||~19-26lbs|
|Large||12-24 months||33-40 inches||~26-34lbs|
|12-24m||1-3 years||up to 39 inches||~26-34lbs|
|2/3T||3-6 years||up to 48 inches||~34-49lbs|
|4/5T||6-10 years||up to 56 inches||~49-87lbs|