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How To Help Your Baby Sleep Longer By Swaddling

Swaddling is an ancient tradition used in many cultures to calm babies and help them sleep. In many ways swaddling mimics the cozy comfort of the womb and inhibits a baby’s startle reflex which helps baby have uninterrupted sleep.

There are many books on swaddling, but we really liked the website Just the Facts Baby for a quick go-to guide on how to swaddle.

Have your swaddled your baby? How did your baby respond?

Posted March 8, 2011

by MichelleH

15 Comments

15 Responses

  1. Michelle Riebeek says:

    I swaddled my baby and it definitley worked. Even better when we used an actual swaddler where you stick the baby in the pocket and wrap the flaps tight.

  2. Kimberly says:

    I’m intrigued by all of the new swaddling systems available. I’m eager to try them out.

  3. Mellisa says:

    I worked in the NICU as a nurse for over 7 years and swaddling babies was one of the most important things we could do to help them feel comfort. After I had my kids I swaddled both of them and they LOVED it!

  4. MichelleH says:

    Thank you for sharing Mellisa!

  5. Katie Stewart says:

    We swaddled my son for about the first 8 weeks. It worked well for us, but he usually came unwrapped. For my next baby I’m going to try the Miracle Blanket. I’ve heard great things about it. We mostly used the swaddle at night. I know some babies who have wanted to be swaddled all day long, but I’ve heard that swaddling too much can cause developmental delays and inhibit proper development. I’d like to find out more information on that.

  6. Ashly Goddard says:

    Swaddling never worked for either of my children =/ but I hear such great things about it from a lot of mommas.

  7. ashley nance says:

    My children loved to be swaddled! We bought Swaddle Me blankets for them and it always helped them sleep =]

  8. MichelleH says:

    Ashly,
    What worked for you? Would love to hear!
    Thanks!

  9. MichelleH says:

    Katie,
    We will have to check out the Miracle Blanket. Thanks for the tip on that. The best book we found on swaddling is Happiest Baby on the Block.

  10. natalie says:

    I swaddled both of my kids until around 4-5 months! It definitely helped!

  11. Paula Caudill says:

    I swaddled my babies and it is great for the baby and mother, with bonding, they love it!

  12. Kerry says:

    I swaddled my son when he was a newborn and just used receiving blankets like the hospital showed me.

  13. Connie G says:

    I can’t wait to get to swaddle my new grandbaby due to arrive in June 2011

  14. MichelleH says:

    Connie,
    Congrats on your new Grandbaby! Love to see pics when baby is born!

  15. For the first couple of months, the only way my husband and I got any sleep is by swaddling our twins!

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