Swaddling your child takes him/her back to the days in the womb. These were the days when everything was snug, safe and even comfortable. If you delivered your baby at the hospital, the chances are that swaddle blankets were used on your baby. Nurses are universal experts in swaddling babies. Here is how the swaddle blankets are likely to benefit your child.
Benefits of swaddle blankets
Before birth, babies are used to being snugged tight in the mother’s womb. On the contrary, wrapping a baby with swaddling blankets doesn’t sound fancy to most of us. However, it’s of great benefit for the child. When wrapped with swaddling blankets, babies sleep better. While babies sleep about 16 hours a day, this sleep takes place in intervals of 3-4 hours. Swaddling blankets increase the rapid eye movement that these newborn children get.
Swaddling blankets reduce the risks of sudden infant death Syndrome (SIDS)
For the babies that sleep on their stomach, they are at risk of contracting SIDS. Babies should, therefore, sleep on their backs. Careful swaddling of a child with swaddling blankets with their face up ensures that the baby is less likely to fidget. Also, the baby is less likely to shift while asleep. This conclusively reduces the chances of a child sleeping on their tummy.
Ensures fewer scratches
Newborn’s nails grow faster and are also sharper. As a result, many babies scratch their faces with this jerky movement as they sleep. Whenever swaddling blankets are used, there is less likelihood for these movements. This ensures fewer scratches for the child.
Swaddling soothes crying babies
This is among the top reasons that compel many parents to use swaddling blankets. This is particularly due to the ability of the technique to quiet the child in just a few folds. However, this is not magic. Research has shown that swaddling blankets reduce child’s discomfort by 40% in those children before the age of two months.
Other important benefits of swaddling blankets to children include:
• Swaddling blankets reduce the need to comfort the baby in baby’s crib. There is no need to use a pillow as well as stuffed animals and bumpers.
• Swaddling blankets mimic human touch which is very important to a child. This, in the long run, reduces anxiety to the child.
• Whenever swaddling blankets are used, the child can assume the best sleeping position. This way, the child learns to self-sooth and also learns how to go back to sleep on their own. Whenever the child sleeps, the parents also benefit also as they can sleep comfortably also.
However, careful precautions should be taken when using swaddling blankets. Some of these precautions are: first, do not over swaddle, second, ensure that the swaddle won’t unravel. Thirdly, don’t swaddle too tightly. Finally, stop swaddling whenever the baby starts to roll. When used in the right way, swaddling blankets can offer you more advantages than disadvantages.
|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|