With today’s knowledge about SIDS, it is safer to sleep young babies on their back and not on their tummy. For this reason, it is important for babies to feel snug and secure in another way to promote sleep.
Three misconceptions that you hear parents say about swaddling babies' are:
1. My baby doesn't like hishands wrapped up tight
2. My baby fights the wrap when I put him in it
3. He is struggling to get free
Three benefits to swaddling babies the way t h i s v i d e o show s are:
1. The hands are wrapped and placed in a natural position (you will notice b a b i e s p l a c e their hands on the i r chest when you have them lying contented and unwrapped on their back)
2. Wrap them securely before their nervous system is out of control and over loaded
3. Once they are asleep wrapping prevents the startle reflex waking them between sleep cycles; allowing for a longer more settled sleep
Swaddling babies to aid settled sleep is appropriate until they are six months old. There is more information about how to settle babies to sleep and why they may not be sleeping in 'Putting them to Sleep' eBook or ' m u m, b a b y & toddler - t o g e t h e r w e l e a r n '
The swaddling technique that i s s h o w n in th i s video is appropriate for the first three months after th at you can leave y our baby's arms free of the wrap which allows the m to be able to suck their fist or fingers to self settle.
Read more on how to mimic the womb environment for settled baby sleep.
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