If you're like me and expecting your first child this year, you're probably thinking about what type of practices you want to utilize in caring for your son or daughter.
You've probably heard of the practice of swaddling your baby. Your friends probably use swaddling to help soothe their babies as they sleep peacefully in their crib. You're probably wondering about what swaddling is, and if it can be a benefit to your upcoming bundle of joy.
What is Swaddling?
Swaddling is a practice where you snugly wrap your infant in a blanket in order to restrict movement.
This practice has been used the world over since biblical times.
Benefits of Swaddling
There are risks associated with swaddling your baby:
It is important to weigh all the benefits and risks before beginning the practice of swaddling. If you're baby is going to be born in the warmer months, I recommend not swaddling them in a flannel blanket. If you plan on swaddling, use breathable cotton blankets.
Definitely talk to your doctor about the proper way to swaddle your baby. Also, many birthing/parenting classes can teach you the safe way to swaddle baby. If you cannot make it to parenting classes, nurses at the hospital can teach you how to swaddle.
Also, once your baby is here, if you see that he or she isn't a fan of the swaddling, definitely discontinue the practice.