There are many reasons why swaddling is beneficial for your baby. Swaddling is an age-old technique, used for hundreds of years in many cultures around the world.
Swaddling helps to encourage sleep and reduce crying.
Swaddling, in conjunction with other soothing techniques such as shushing, white noise and gentle rocking, can help calm a crying baby and promote longer sleep periods.
Research into the benefits of swaddling has suggested babies who are swaddled generally arouse less and sleep longer.
Studies have also indicated swaddled babies also cry less, and swaddling has even helped to soothe pain in babies.
Swaddling helps to mimic the conditions of the womb.
Swaddling reminds babies of being in the womb and gives them the feeling of warmth and security.
According to renowned paediatrician, child development specialist and Assistant Professor of Paediatrics at the USC School of Medicine, Dr Harvey Karp, swaddling is a very beneficial soothing technique for babies.
Dr Karp says swaddling helps to “recreate the conditions of the womb” in order to comfort and help babies settle. Dr Karp’s methods are taught by thousands of educators and you can read more about his research and teachings here.
Swaddling helps to reduce startle reflex.
Swaddling helps to stop babies from startling themselves awake with newborn startle reflex. This is when the baby’s limbs “jump” uncontrollably, waking them up from their sleep.