Importance Of Swaddling Your Baby

Newborn Tips#1: Don't Hush-A-Bye-Baby
You don't have to be quiet while the baby is sleeping. The womb is loud, and newborns are used to the noise. When ours first came home, we watched television and I would vacuum, wash dishes and talk on the phone around her while she slept. She got used to sleeping with noise, and I could get stuff done. I am still able to vacuum in her room while she sleeps (she is 14 months), and she is peaceful and well rested when she wakes up.
Newborn Tips#2: Soothe Your Wailing Newborn
When my baby cries, I comfort her by patting her back in a heartbeat-like rhythm. That helps her burp more quickly, and it also helps her relax if she's crying from insecurity. If this doesn’t work, I also try one or all of Dr. Harvey Karp's five calming moves: swaddling, shushing, holding her on her side, swinging her or letting her suck. Sometimes it takes all six!

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The art of snugly wrapping a baby is called swaddling. Swaddling a baby calms them, provides them with warmth and a sense of security. Newborns are prone to startling, and simulating the womb in a wrap helps them sleep better and longer without interruptions. Inside the womb they were confined to a small and cosy place which they found to be secure before birth. Once born, the free movement and the new and unfamiliar world they are exposed to can be intimidating to them. This can result in sudden jerks in the baby, frequent crying and colic. Swaddling protects the baby from flailing their arms around and startling themselves. It helps to soothe them from struggling to understand the new environment by giving them the tight feel of the uterus.

Newborn Tips#3: Help Get Your Baby to Latch
If you are having latch-on issues while breastfeeding your baby, you can use breast shields to help the process. This was a wonderful tip that I learned from my lactation consultant. I had to use the shields for an entire month before my baby would latch onto my own nipple without them. Had it not been for the breast shields, I would not have been able to continue nursing my baby.
Newborn Tips#4: Get Prepped
At 3 weeks, babies’ days and nights become more predictable, and you can focus on yourself in addition to your newborn. One way to do that is by reducing your stress level - and having everything ready for your hungry baby and yourself is one way to do that. Start by prepping for the next feeding as soon as the previous one is over. For example, after an 11 p.m. feeding, get ready for the 2 a.m. one by prepping whatever you need for feeding and putting out fresh drinking water for yourself so you don’t have anything to think about in the middle of the night. During the day, take advantage of the baby’s naps to work out, shower or catch up on e-mail, or take a nap too.

Swaddled babies sleep better and longer and have lower jerk reflexes. Swaddling babies tight makes it easier to carry the baby and nap the baby. This method reduces the crying time, and babies who sleep on their back have a low risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Improper swaddling can cause hip dysplasia in the baby, therefore learning proper swaddling techniques is important for any parent with a newborn. Traditional swaddle has been in practise for years. It is one of the best ways to help your baby develop healthily. Finding the best swaddling wrap for your baby is the first step. There are many swaddle blankets available, made from different types of fibres to provide your baby the comfort and warmth. Your baby's swaddling wrap should be breathable and control moisture to keep your baby clammy-free. It should have natural elastic properties to snugly fit and softness to eliminate discomfort to the baby's sensitive skin.

Merino wool has excellent moisture management and is used in base layer products to keep athletes cool and dry. It also provides perfect warmth in cold conditions. The fabric is breathable by nature and adjusts to the changes in temperature. With merino wool swaddling wraps, you do not have to worry about your baby waking up from sleep hot and sweaty. It has good wicking properties that transport perspiration away from the skin. Pure merino wool that comes from New Zealand is some of the finest natural fibres available for baby sleepwear and baby bedding. Researches have proven that babies who sleep on merino, have better sleeping patterns, feed well and gain weight quicker.

Newborn Tips#5: Keeping Your Baby Awake During Feedings
When our baby was eating slowly and sleepily, my husband and I would massage her cheek to stimulate her to eat faster. A gentle stroke with a fingertip on her cheek was all it took, and on those long sleepless nights, this simple trick was a godsend! Our friends have found it works great with their infants too. When babies eat efficiently until they're full before going to sleep, they sleep for longer between feedings. And that means you’re both likely to be calmer!
Newborn Tips#6: Help Your Baby Bond with Dad
Make sure your baby has ample time alone with Daddy. His touch and voice are different than yours, and this will begin a bonding process and give you a break. Plus, it gets the baby used to being with someone other than you. The first few times can be hard. Make sure your baby is fed and well rested, as this will give you at least one or two hours before you're needed again. Then leave Dad and the baby alone. If you stay nearby, make sure the baby can’t see or hear you, and resist the urge to go into the room and "fix" things if she starts crying. Your baby cries with you and you experiment to find out what's wrong. Dads need time to do this too - in their own way. By allowing this time, your child will learn there is more than one way to receive comfort, which will help immensely when you leave your baby with a sitter or another family member for the first time. You could have your partner bathe her, put her to bed or just read or talk to her.
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