Posted on March 16, 2015
There is so much information you try to cram in when you are in the hospital, from breastfeeding to changing a nappy. So bringing home your gorgeous, brand new baby home from the hospital can be the most exciting and scary first step in your journey into motherhood.
From day one, your little one requires a routine to settle and feel safe in their new world and wrapping is a vital part of this process. (In those early weeks, don’t stress out if it feels like no routine is working. Take a deep breath and persevere.) It can take a while for newborns to feel as secure as they were inside the warm, cosy womb.
Wrapping baby snugly can help top the startle reflex that happens as a reaction to any sudden movement or noise. Many throw their arms out, fan their fingers or kick their legs, which can wake themselves up. Firm swaddling can help minimise this reflex, and increase chance of longer, deeper sleeps for baby (and parents.)
Benefits of Swaddling?
There are many benefits of wrapping your bubba but the main three are:
Long to Swaddle?
It is recommended that swaddling is stopped around three or four months of age. Many babies are comfortable outside the womb and do not need the added security. Depending on your child of course, as some are still happy to be wrapped up to six months old.