Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How
Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How

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  1. Hfzfy says

    The idea of swaddling just makes me feel claustrophobic. What if the baby’s arms get restless but they’re confined by the swaddling *cringe* not much worse than wanting to move and being stuck there

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi there and thanks for writing! I definitely understand what you mean, and I felt the same after my daughter was born! One thing to keep in mind is that newborns are not used to having their arms free, and have loved the comfort of their mother’s belly for all of these months, and those tight quarters are all they knew! Being swaddled mimics this and helps keep them feeling safe and secure in those early weeks and months as they transition to life outside of the womb!

  2. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Melissa Obilo — good point! Sometimes, it does feel like all these steps taken by organizations like the APA and the NRC are designed less to be helpful and more to be terrifying!!

    Thanks for commenting, Melissa. 🙂

  3. Melissa Obilo says

    I swaddled my baby until she started moving too much at night then I had to stop, though she has never pulled the blankets over her face (she detests having her face covered). They should do comprehensive studies about swaddling so that they can offer parents concise information instead of scaring them!

  4. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Jennifer Everhart — that’s an insightful statement, about wanting to see more studies done before forming an opinion. That’s one of the things I found interesting when writing the article — the NRC (org. that made the recommendation to daycares to stop swaddling) cited 5 studies in support of their recommendation. Not many at all! So yes, it would see that more research needs to be done.

    Thanks for commenting, Jennifer, and for sharing some of the details of your own swaddling experience. 🙂

  5. Jennifer Everhart says

    My husband & I swaddled both of our children. I’m a huge supporter! Our son would have let us swaddle him until he was a year, if we had blankets that would have fit! LOL He’s a stomach sleeper, so once he started rolling over, we stopped swaddling him. Our daughter is still a back sleeper, however, she’s extremely wiggly. Once she started kicking off the blankets, we stopped swaddling her. We had an issue with her pulling the blanket up to her face after that, though. Scary stuff! I became even more paranoid about SIDS, then. (It’s always been a fear of mine, so I read a ton of material on how to best prevent it from happening.) I would like to see them do more studies on this before giving a definitive answer.

  6. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Heidi — thanks for sharing some of the details of your personal experience with swaddling. Glad to hear it’s been such an effective technique for your kids!

    Thanks for commenting, Heidi. 🙂