What is swaddling a baby?

What is swaddling a baby?

As a new parent you probably heard this word floating around in talking other parents or in your own personal search for baby care.  The short answer is swaddling consists of wrapping a baby in a blanket.  Below are some images of newborns swaddle in different types of blankets.

 

When you take your newborn home, he or she will be swaddle because there are some essential benefits for the baby when they are swaddle. A blanket will keep the baby warm and secure. Newborns are use to the mom’s body temperature around 37 degrees Celsius or 97 degrees Fahrenheit.  When he or she enters the world at a freezing 23 degrees Celsius or 75 degrees Fahrenheit, you can understand why a baby would cry non-stop until parents swaddle them.  A thick blanket or multiple blankets will help maintain a good warm temperature for newborns. A swaddle baby will cry less because the swaddle blanket will re-create the womb like environment from which the newborn is familiar with and this leads to the baby being more comfortable and calmer. A swaddle baby will sleep longer because newborns will have random reflex movements of the arms, legs, and head. These quick movements will startle the newborn when they are asleep and will shorten their sleep time.

 

Swaddling is wrapping babies in warm, comfortable blankets to help soothe newborns from the shock of entering this world. Start swaddling and you will reap the benefits as a parent.