"Swaddling" is one of those words that isn't in the average adults everyday vocabulary until they're expecting a child. Then, it's all about the baby swaddle. There are different swaddling techniques, different fabrics and different ideas of how many to have and when and when not to swaddle. Here, we're explaining it all, and recommending the best swaddle wraps out there.
Why do you swaddle newborn babies?
For most babies, wrapping or swaddling soothes them. It keeps babies on their backs while they sleep which significantly decreases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and fatal sleeping accidents. It is recommend to swaddle babies from birth until they can roll onto their tummies (4-6 months).
How do you swaddle a baby?
Baby swaddles need to be firm and neat to prevent the baby wriggling out and excess fabric becoming a choking hazzard. This video from Raising Children shows you how
What are the best kinds of baby swaddles?
Swaddles are made from lots of different fabrics. Cotton jersey swaddles have a nice stretch to them that can make them easier to use, while muslin is the traditional favourite, particularly for summer babies, because it's light, breathable and durable. Many parents choose to skip swaddling and use sleep bags instead. Sleep bags are easier and quicker than wraps because you put the baby inside and simply zip them in. You don't have to use one or the other, sleep bags are particularly useful at night (when you don't feel like doing difficult folding), so you may choice to use them just at night.