Swaddling a baby – the dos & donts

For first-time parents who are completely new to the world of babyhood, swaddling may be a skill that needs practising. I still remember our struggle in wrapping up our newborn – just like how he was handed to us by the nurse – on the first night since he came home from the hospital. Armed with a baby book flipped to the “Swaddling” page and a teddy bear as our trial guinea pig, it took us almost half an hour before we got it right and had our baby go back to sleep peacefully.

Here’s an easy diagram on how to swaddle a baby, if you’re using the conventional one-piece cloth:

Step by step to swaddling a baby

There are many benefits of swaddling your baby:

  1. Babies sleep better – Swaddling helps babies stay asleep, and get comforted quickly. A properly-swaddled baby feels warm and secure, and the wrap can help prevent a baby from the occasional newborn startle-reflex.
  2. Less crying – The startle-reflex causes baby to throw his arms and legs up, an overstimulation that usually leads to crying. When swaddled, these jerky movements are minimized.
  3. Fewer scratches – Newborn nails grow fast. The jerky movements in their sleep may cause them to scratch their face. With their arms wrapped inside, they are less likely to do so.

If your baby doesn’t like to be swaddled, you can try swaddling him a bit looser or leaving his arms out of the blanket altogether. However, there are also disadvantages associated with swaddling:

  1. Your baby may get overheated, which is also a risk factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
  2. Long-term swaddling will limit your infant’s movements.

In a nutshell – as in everything in life – practice moderation. Balance is key. As babies usually begin to roll over between two to five months old, it is a good time to stop swaddling and get your baby to fall asleep on his own.

Here are some high quality swaddles available at Happikiddo:

Soffy Poffy Swaddle Blanket

Soffy Poffy Swaddle Blanket
Very easy to use with a slot to insert baby’s legs, it is made of bamboo fibre material and is naturally cool for newborns.

Little Bean Swaddle Wrap
Little Bean Swaddle Wrap
Perfect for babies to feel snug and secure, it is made of 100% cotton and comes in various adorable prints. Available in sizes of 0-3 months and 3-6 months.

Bubble Wrap
Bubble Wrap
Measuring a generous 120cm square of muslin wrap made from 100% pure pre-washed cotton, it can used for traditional swaddling, or as a blanket, nursing cover, buggy cover or even a burp cloth. Each pack comes with 3 wraps.

Swaddle Designs Swaddle DuoSwaddle Designs Swaddle Duo
The set comprises two lightweight, breathable and soft cotton swaddling blankets. There’s a marquisette blanket for warm weather and a flannel blanket for cool to moderate temperatures. A wonderful gift for new parents!

Ergo Cocoon Air
Ergo Cocoon Air
True to its name, it’s made from super soft, natural and breathable bamboo. No zips, no Velcro and no unravelling. It keeps baby swaddled and sleeping comfortably on the hottest days and nights.

Once baby attempts to roll over, you can begin the transition to sleeping bag. These are some good options:

Ergo Cocoon

A multifunction swaddle that can be later converted into a sleeping bag, it’s made of organic cotton and has a two-way zipper for quick nappy change. There are arm poppers for transition to sleeping bag. Available in sizes of 0-3 months and 3-12 in 0.2tog ideal for the local climate.

Grobag

Grobag
This award-winning sleeping bag is a safe alternative to traditional sheets and blankets. There are no covers to kick off or get tangled in, ensuring a cosy and safe night. It’s 0.5tog and comes in sizes of 0-6 months and 6-18 months.

For more variety and designs, please visit our website and drop by any of our stores.

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