HappyBabyDays recovers the age-old tradition of swaddling, to favour babies in their new life as they transition from the mother’s womb.
Swaddling or wrapping newborn babies has been a common practice in many cultures, the result of a traditional wisdom that silently contained an endless series of physical and emotional benefits for babies.
The art of swaddling has made a comeback today in answer to a world full of new external stimuli, that distance us from baby’s true needs.
A newborn baby remembers and misses the sensations of being inside mommy’s womb, and has a deep need to feel snugly cocooned. Swaddling offers the possibility of giving our child the gift of a calm transition towards the outside world. It provides our baby with cosy warmth, with delicate care, gently wrapping, cocooning and calming. This promotes a feeling of relaxation and security that leads baby to sleep like an angel.
But this is not all: the development of many of baby’s organic functions must continue after birth, which means that providing a caring environment with qualities that mimic the womb will allow baby to continue growing adequately.
Note: If you see that your baby is calmed by thumb-sucking and needs to do it, you can leave baby’s right arm outside the swaddling.
The swaddling is designed so that baby is always lying face up. Lying baby down on one side, or face down, can be dangerous.
Check baby’s temperature regularly. A swaddled child retains body heat better. A thin layer of clothing will be sufficient.
Some babies need to be rocked after swaddling. This is a way of telling you that they need your presence.