BENEFITS OF THE SWADDLE
SWADDLING is the art of snuggly wrapping a baby in a blanket for comfort & security.
Swaddling ain’t just cute…
There are actually many reasons using a swaddle rocks, and here are but a few.
helps teach babies day/night differences helps babies stay asleep during nighttime changes and feeds helps to promote sounder sleeping and prevents the startle reflex from waking baby brings comfort and closeness
Baby having trouble sleeping? Crazy as it sounds to new moms, putting baby to bed in a burrito-style wrap—also known as swaddling—just might do the trick. Swaddling has been around for thousands of years. Parents have wrapped up babies in a swaddle to not only help them sleep but also simply to hold them, protect them or calm them down. In the 1990’s the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) began the “Back to Sleep” Campaign in order to help decrease the amount of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
Back to Sleep
To reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, it’s important to place your baby to sleep on his back, every time you put him to sleep. This may be even more important if your baby is swaddled. Some studies have shown an increased risk of SIDS and accidental suffocation when babies are swaddled if they are placed on their stomach to sleep, or if they roll onto their stomach, says Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP, chair of the task force that authored the AAP’s safe sleep recommendations.
Part of the SIDS AAP guidelines recommends to LAY Babies on their BACK when putting them to sleep. (AAP recommends to lay babies BACK to sleep until Babies 1st Birthday).
However, many babies up to 3 to 4 months, experience a “free falling sensation” when they are disturbed due to the MORO REFLEX. The Moro Reflex, also called the “Startle Reflex,” (although normal) can be jarring & awaken your baby, especially if they are in the light sleep phase.
Prior to 1990, many babies slept Prone (on their Belly) which prevented this reflex from waking them. The Moro Reflex has been thought a built in safety mechanism, which wakes the baby & is also your babies first attempt to protect himself from harm. Therefore, how do we safely help these babies sleep more effectively?! The SWADDLE! Swaddling can help promote sounder sleep & prevent the startle reflex from waking baby. Swaddling brings comfort, warmth, and secure feelings in their new world environment. TIPS FOR SAFE SWADDLING (AAP RECOMMENDATIONS) 1. Swaddle baby on his/her BACK 2. Make sure swaddle is not too tight (one hand comfortably fits between babies chest & the swaddle blanket) 3. Baby should be able to move & flex hips upward 4. Place baby in a firm surface to sleep when swaddled 5. Stop swaddling when baby attempts to ROLL OVER (3-6 months)
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SWADDLE PRODUCT: THE OLLIE WORLD.
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Keep Hips Loose
Babies who are swaddled too tightly may develop a problem with their hips. Studies have found that straightening and tightly wrapping a baby’s legs can lead to hip dislocation or hip dysplasia, an abnormal formation of the hip joint where the top of the thigh bone is not held firmly in the socket of the hip.
The Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, with the AAP Section on Orthopaedics, promotes “hip-healthy swaddling” that allows the baby’s legs to bend up and out.
Tori Meskin, BSN RNC-NIC is a registered nurse in Los Angeles & Orange County metropolitan area. Working in Level IV-II NICUs.
In addition to being a wife, daughter, & nurse, Tori is currently studying to become a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She has obtained her National Certification (NICU) and worked as a local traveler pursuing bedside experiences in several NICU settings.
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