Last updated on Jun 21st, 2021 at 11:05 am

Swaddling’s ability to soothe and calm babies has been known to mothers around the world for countless generations. Swaddling involves wrapping your baby in a light material, which leaves your little one feeling warm and secure.

Helps contain your newborn’s startle reflex

Swaddling helps to contain baby’s early spontaneous movements and startle reflex (which is a primitive reflex and not under baby’s control). The startle reflex experienced by babies are most pronounced in the first three months and can cause them to become unsettled.

Assists newborn sleep

Swaddling encourages a peaceful night’s sleep. Newborns sleep in three to four hour intervals. Swaddling appears to increase the amount of REM sleep that newborns get. This deeper sleep state helps to prevent baby from fully awakening when aroused, ensuring fewer trips to baby’s bedside in the middle of the night.

Being wrapped up is familiar to babies, as it recreates the secure and cozy feeling of the womb. Using swaddles made of cotton and bamboo muslin only enhances that enjoyable feeling.

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Has a calming effect on a fussy baby

Swaddling may also help to soothe a crying baby. Swaddling has a proven calming effect on a crying fussy baby.

Prevents baby from scratching

Babies tend to scratch their faces in their sleep. When a baby is swaddled, they are less likely to scratch themselves with their sharp nails.

Regulates body temperature

A newborn cannot regulate their temperature, so swaddling helps to keeps your little one’s body warm.

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