We’ve been swaddling our babies for thousands of years and there are so many benefits for doing this. It’s proven to help your baby sleep longer and more restfully. Swaddling your baby can really help to calm them and induce sleep. When your baby is born they have a Moro or startle reflex which causes them to fling their arms around. And bash their faces. This can happen when they hear a noise or when they start to ‘fall’ into the first part of sleep. This happens around 5-10 minutes from when your baby has closed his eyes.
Imagine your little bundle was all cosy inside you, feeling cocooned and safe. Once your baby is born it can be daunting and so going back to the safe, secure feeling of a Swaddle can really make the difference between a fussy and contented baby. Always swaddle with a natural, light weight, breathable stretchy material as your baby can’t control their temperature.
Little girls reflex diminishes around 4-5 months and boys around 5 months. Once full swaddling is not needed, i.e your baby’s startle reflex has gone, you can half swaddle until your baby has more control of their arms and stops hitting themselves in the face, which in turn wakes them up. You can achieve this and introduce a sleeping bag at the same time. Use the Swaddle UP 50/50 for half swaddling. Just have one arm unzipped. Always keep their favourite arm out.
3-week programme for transitioning
Week 1- Have one arm out for all naps for one week, fully swaddling at night.
Week 2- 2 arms out in the day for naps. One arm out at night.
Week 3- No swaddle for naps or night. Just sleeping bag.
If for daytime naps your baby won’t settle, then go back to fully swaddling for a few days then try again.
Parents often find that swaddling is a challenging task on a wriggly baby and often baby becomes unsaddled in the night waking up baby. This is why the swaddle up a fantastic invention! Just zipping your baby safely and cosily no Velcro or tricky folds. Easy for nappy changes and the Swaddle UP 50/50 is fantastic for transitioning into a sleeping bag.