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Swaddle your baby to help aid sleep

Posted on 20 Mar, 2018 by Sarah Hart

Below is guest post from Tiny Chipmunk  explaining the benefits of swaddling and offering a FREE swaddling guide.  Vicki, a mum of two, started creating her own, premium baby products, after getting fed up of buying products for her own children that were poor quality and didn’t last.  All products are made from bamboo (a perfect fabric for baby and children’s skin), look great, feel great and are made to last – so they can be passed down from child-to-child.

 

For thousands of years, mothers all over the world have swaddled their babies. Swaddling helps your baby to feel safe and secure and is a great way to soothe them. It can even help your baby sleep longer!

Here are three reasons why swaddling helps aid sleep:

  • Swaddling helps to recreate the secure and cosy feeling of the womb. After 9 months of being in Mum’s tummy, the outside world can be a scary and confusing place for a baby.  They need constant comfort and reassurance during this time. While being wrapped up tightly in a blanket might not sound appealing to parents, it can help babies sleep better and cry less.
  • Swaddling your baby prevents unnecessary wakes ups due to the startle (moro) reflex.  This is where your baby feels as if they’re falling and reacts by lifting and stretching their arms.  If this happens when your baby is in a light sleep phase this can startle them awake. Swaddling makes your baby feel as if they are being safely held.
  • Blankets and quilts can easily be kicked or thrown off in the night, leaving your baby waking up cold and uncovered.  A swaddled baby should remain safely wrapped up, which hopefully means less wake up calls for you! If however you do have a little escape artist on your hands, be sure to check out the swaddling guide, linked from the end of this article!


Of course, a huge benefit is if baby sleeps more, then Mum and Dad sleep more!

 

Get your FREE swaddling guide

 

We’re convinced that swaddling helps babies sleep better – but we know it’s not always easy.  Whether they hate being wrapped up, are little escape artists, or are ready to stop swaddling altogether – we have six methods to solve your swaddling dilemas!

You can download your FREE guide here.

Remember to always swaddle safely:

  • Never cover your baby’s head.
  • Always use a thin fabric and make sure your baby doesn’t overheat. (Our muslins are perfect as bamboo’s natural properties will keep your baby cool.)
  • Always place your baby on their back when swaddled and use a different swaddling method when they are able to roll over.

 

 

 


Many of you who have visited the studio with your newborn baby, will have seen me tightly wrap your baby. Why? Because it often helps them to drift off to sleep, and I need a sleepy baby to capture all those beautiful curled up poses! You can see in this blog: sarahhartphotography.com/newborn-twin-girls-baby-photography-session, how I wrapped the babies tightly to help them feel snug, secure and sleepy! Try out Vicki’s tips for swaddling above and see if it makes any difference to your baby’s quality of sleep. I’d love to hear from you, if you have some successes…Baby wrapped for a photo shoot - swaddling aids sleep

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