I have a 12 year old and a 3 year old. When my 12 year old was born, swaddling a baby was not around. We just covered them with blankets or used sleeping bags. Now when my 9 and 8 were born in Czech Republic, to my surprise nurses brought me my babies wrapped up in something they called Savinovačka, a cloth in “T” shape that has been used to swaddle Czech babies for ages. With my last baby, swaddling in hospitals was a must!
Specialist that promote swaddling say that babies:
- Sleep longer
- Are calmer during the day
- Have a lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Not all specialists are into it, some have second thoughts about it but the American Academy of Pediatrics say that swaddling is very good if done correctly.
Some of their recommendations are:
- Place your baby to sleep on his back, every time you put him to sleep.
- Stop swaddling when your baby is 2 months, before the baby intentionally starts to try to roll.
- Use light blankets to swaddle your baby. Swaddling can increase the chance your baby will overheat, so avoid letting your baby get too hot. The baby could be too hot if you notice sweating, damp hair, flushed cheeks, heat rash, and rapid breathing.
- Try to do a “hip-healthy swaddling” that allows the baby’s legs to bend up and out. Babies who are swaddled too tightly may develop hip dysplasia.
I don’t really know if it is worth it or not, but the only thing I can tell you is that my oldest baby did not sleep as well as the others. I think the fact they are wrapped tightly, warmly …makes them feel accompanied, cosy and at ease.