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