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How To Help Your Baby Sleep Longer By Swaddling

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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?

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15 Responses to “How To Help Your Baby Sleep Longer By Swaddling”

  1. Michelle Riebeek March 9, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    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 March 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

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

  3. Mellisa March 10, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    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!

    • MichelleH March 10, 2011 at 9:18 am #

      Thank you for sharing Mellisa!

  4. Katie Stewart March 10, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    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.

    • MichelleH March 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

      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.

  5. Ashly Goddard March 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

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

    • MichelleH March 11, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

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

  6. ashley nance March 10, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

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

  7. natalie March 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

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

  8. Paula Caudill March 12, 2011 at 10:45 am #

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

  9. Kerry March 13, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

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

  10. Connie G March 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

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

    • MichelleH March 18, 2011 at 8:23 am #

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

  11. Harley Williams March 20, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    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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