To Swaddle or Not to Swaddle…….Why is it a question?

toswaddleornottoswaddle

Let’s talk about one of the many magical secrets of postpartum doulas, newborn care specialists and night nanny‘s…………SWADDLING.

The act of swaddling newborns has been going on for as long as babies have been being born. Wrapping a sweet little newborn up in snug, soft cloth has many benefits. Swaddling can calm a fussy baby faster than any other form of comfort. It can also help a baby sleep deeper, and for longer stretches.

Trying to google important information about swaddling can be a daunting task. Everywhere you turn you’ll find information on both the pros and cons. More and more we’re hearing from clients that either the hospital or their pediatrician is no longer recommending swaddling. Why is that?

The biggest reason that some hospitals and pediatricians no longer recommend swaddling is because most parents are not taught actually how to swaddle a baby. Even if they are taught in the hospital, new parents are tired, sometime delirious. Going home with a new baby and trying to remember exactly what you were told about proper swaddling can be a little difficult.

Just like anything else in life, knowing the correct way to do something can make all the difference when it comes to safety. Below are a few wonderful swaddling videos by my friends at Doulas Northwest and Music City Doulas. Take a peek, and contact us today for hands on, practical guidance for swaddling YOUR baby, in the privacy of your own home.

  • Make sure the swaddle is snug enough that it does not become loose or unwrap and travel up by baby’s face
  • Always place a swaddled baby on their back
  • Make sure that baby’s legs have room to move and flex
  • Un-swaddle baby during wake times and for breastfeeding (skin to skin is best)
  • Always use a pacifier during naps and a bedtime
  • Make sure baby is not overheated by using a light blanket specifically for swaddling or a commercial well fitted swaddle.
Jenn Leonard
Owner, Educator, Professional Labor & Postpartum Doula at Colorado Mountain Doulas LLC
Educator, Labor, Sibling, Postpartum Doula, Owner

Jenn moved to Colorado as a teen where she met her best friend and future husband in middle school. They lived in the Pacific Northwest for fifteen years, but always considered Colorado home; returning often for vacations, and to get married in the shadow of Pikes Peak. In 2011, they returned to Colorado for good with their three sons.

Jenn, known as the #bohodoula, enjoys homesteading, developing recipes and networking with other entrepreneurs. She is a wanna-be foodie and coffee enthusiast who spends most weekends hiking and camping with her family and two English Mastiffs.

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