Tuesday, February 8, 2011

An old parenting technique that is still cool

Swaddling - An old tradition with modern versatility


Swaddling is a tradition as old as recorded history. There are records of swaddling in texts written ancient Romans, ancient Greeks, and even the Bible. Today’s swaddle wraps are a far cry from the old ones, but they work in the same fashion.

How it works


Swaddling refers to a specific technique used to wrap a blanket around the infant. The blanket is wrapped tightly but not too tightly so that the baby is not pinned into position but his or her limbs are snugly tucked into their body.

This position accomplishes two things:

  1. First, it emulates the feeling of being in the womb, making the baby more comfortable and keeping them warm.

  2. Second, the blanket prevents the baby from waking up when they accidentally move their arms or legs. This allows for longer periods of uninterrupted rest.


Swaddling today


Today’s swaddling blankets are different from the older ones in several important ways. First of all, the best modern swaddle wraps are made from cotton muslin. It is softer than ancient fabrics so that it is more pleasant next to a baby’s sensitive skin. Additionally, it has a little stretch to it, allowing it to be used for swaddling more easily.  Finally, it is a thin material that provides insulation and ventilation so that the baby is warm without overheating.

These blankets come in a variety of colors and patterns, but they all are a great source of comfort to both mother and child during this special time.

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  10. My now 5-year-old daughter had the same prelbom. Even though I was quite careful during pregnancy, she was soooo colicky. After much trial and error, I figured out that she just slept better in a sitting or semi-sitting position. I think it has something to do with a not quite developed digestive system and a bit of acid reflux. From what I hear, I had the same prelbom as a baby.I think you're doing a great job. If you put him in the seat in his crib, you're soothing his tummy and still establishing self-soothing habits. I think you might be a smarter new mom than i was;) My daughter wouldn't sleep for the first three months in anything other than her car seat, her swing, or my shoulder. After about 3 months, all this mess seems to settle down and then it's possible to start establishing some sort of pattern. Until then, do whatever helps baby sleep (and you too;)

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