Many advocates of swaddling describe it as the secret to calming your infant and promoting better sleep. When you think that babies spend an average of 37 weeks feeling safe and secure in the womb, it’s no wonder that being in the outside world can be an overwhelming experience. That’s where swaddling can help to imitate the warmth of the womb as your little one adjusts to their new environment. Some of the benefits of swaddling include:
- Babies up to three to six months have a strong startle reflex (Moro reflex). This causes them to flail their arms and legs, and the sudden movement can disturb their sleep. Swaddling helps to decrease the movement and stop this from happening.
- It gives a baby the feeling of being held close.
- Newborns often scratch their delicate skin easily and swaddling is a good way to keep their hands from touching their face.
- The blanket keeps very young babies warm and cosy until they’re able to regulate their own temperature more effectively.