Swaddling: The Baby Sleep Secret

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The secret to keeping your little bundle of joy feeling happy, cozy, secure and sleeping is swaddling.

Swaddling — a method of wrapping infants that’s both ancient and modern. This practice, used worldwide for thousands of years, is also endorsed by today’s leading baby experts.

“Tight swaddling is the cornerstone of calming, the essential first step in soothing your fussy baby and keeping him soothed,” says Harvey Karp, M.D., a renowned pediatrician and the author of The Happiest Baby on the Block.

Swaddling soothes newborns and helps babies sleep because it mimics the safe environment of the womb. Numerous studies have shown that when done properly, this technique offers babies many health benefits:

  • Swaddling baby calms the nervous system and reduces crying.
  • Swaddling baby allows her to fall asleep more easily and stay asleep longer.
  • Swaddling baby helps her retain body heat so she stays warm and comfortable.
  • Swaddling baby aids in recovery from painful stimuli, such as shots.Swaddling baby lowers the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

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  1. Avatar of jenelle jenelle says:

    My son loves it, my daughter hated it. So no not all babies like it.

  2. Avatar of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    Very good information

  3. Avatar of liz liz says:

    Loved this article.would be super great if step by step pictures were added.

  4. Avatar of Alanna Alanna says:

    Soo cute. I’m excited to try it.

  5. Avatar of LIZ says:

    i did that with my baby and she love it,

  6. Avatar of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    She liked it only for a while and her dad usually do the swaddling

  7. Avatar of Mainhia Mainhia says:

    my son loves being swaddled

  8. Avatar of ShaKirah ShaKirah says:

    then top it off with a swaddle.

  9. Avatar of ShaKirah ShaKirah says:

    Most important having the baby on a schedule giving the baby a warn bath and massage after bath then a warm bottle. I kid you not your baby will sleep all night or if not longer than usual! This comes from old people. people don’t even give babies warm bottles anymore. we eat oyr food warm.

  10. Avatar of Josie Josie says:

    planing on using this….

  11. Avatar of Timothy Timothy says:

    we plan on using this methode..we have been told it really works well.

  12. Avatar of KT. S KT. S says:

    Love the video!!!! Seriously what a adorable dad. I am horrible with swaddling somehow my little Danette will get a arm out and be all mad at me. My husband is a pro at it!! Simply amazing. We call it “Sushi Baby!”

  13. Avatar of Juana Juana says:

    They showed me how to swaddle my child in the hospital I love it. They sleep better and they stay warm

  14. Avatar of Kelsey Kelsey says:

    My luna hates swaddles!!!!!

  15. Avatar of kalivt kalivt says:

    I loved this article!

  16. Avatar of carrie carrie says:

    My son loves being swaddled. The only problem he has is that he likes to wiggle his little hands out.. Swaddling was the best thing I could have learned long before my little one was here. I love the pre-made swaddling blankets not only is it easier when your in a hurry, it helps dad and others who arent familiar with swaddling.

  17. ready to try this out, once she gets here :)

  18. We didn’t saddle our baby but we will try for the next one.

  19. Avatar of Sharlyne Sharlyne says:

    This is great! We’ve got a long way to go before we try this, but I can’t wait to see if it works with our little one! I couldn’t help but chuckle when watching the video and the fussy little girl calmed down almost immediately. So cute!

  20. Avatar of Vidya Vidya says:

    swaddling is fine for a newborn but once the baby starts moving the hands and legs, it is impossible to swaddle. My 11 week old, comes out of his swaddle as soon as we do that:(

  21. Avatar of Jocelin Jocelin says:

    Swaddled was hard because he was a 8 pound baby. He love it fell asleep.

  22. Avatar of suzie0414 suzie0414 says:

    Hopefully this works for me, I love sleep more then the average person so hopefully baby does too.

  23. Avatar of Sidrah Sidrah says:

    My little one hates being swaddled!

  24. Avatar of Amy Amy says:

    My son never stayed swaddled he always broke out.

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