Swaddling: The Baby Sleep Secret
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).