Last updated on Jun 21st, 2021 at 11:05 am
Swaddling is a technique whereby you wrap your baby in a blanket for warmth, security and comfort. Swaddled babies are said to sleep longer and self-soothe better than un-swaddled babies.
Minimise startle reflex
The “Moro” or “startle” reflex is a primitive reflex which sees a baby flail his hands and legs as if he got a fright. This reflex tends to happen just as your baby has fallen asleep and often disturbs your baby to the point where he requires assistance in falling asleep again.
Swaddling a baby mimics the security of the womb, which allows your baby to feel safe and protected. If your baby feels safe and protected, he is less likely to be disturbed by this reflex.
Increase NREM sleep
Studies indicate that swaddling helps babies sleep not only longer, but also better.
The study, “Influence of Swaddling on Sleep and Arousal Characteristics of Healthy Infants” evaluated whether or not swaddling influences infants’ arousal to noise. The results illustrated that swaddling increased infants’ sleep efficiency &non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep.