It’s hard to know what’s best for a baby, especially when it’s your first. There are many products out on the market to help parents do their job. There are nursing products, different types of bottles, diapers, car seats and more. Swaddle blankets are a good choice many parents consider when having a baby.
What exactly are baby swaddle blankets and are they the right choice for your baby?
First of all, you’ll need to know what swaddle means if you don’t yet know.
Swaddling is a method used throughout the ages to help a baby feel safe and calm. It imitates the feeling of closeness that an infant feels within the womb before birth. It’s amazing to see how it can help calm a fussy baby and help them go to sleep. My youngest son had colic and swaddling often helped him relax and ease his pain. Hospitals teach you how to do it right after the baby is born.
Baby swaddle blankets differ from receiving blankets because they are shaped like a square in order to follow the swaddle form properly, or they come already pre-shaped into the swaddle form. Some are adjustable and allow you to create different ways to swaddle your baby.
Baby Swaddle Blankets Pros and Cons
In order to make a wise decision for you and your baby, you might want to consider what are the pros and cons of swaddling in general because there are different views and not everyone feels that this is the right choice for them. So, here are some things to keep in mind when you’re deciding whether or not to use the swaddle blankets with your baby.
Why Do I Like Swaddling My Baby with Blankets?
- First of all, the swaddling itself is a good for baby. As I mentioned earlier, it imitates the womb as well as the feeling of being held which gives the baby a sense of safety and comfort. Swaddling help alleviate the discomfort of the startling reflex which babies up to 3 months old might experience.
- These blankets help keep your baby from flailing his arms and possibly scratching himself or accidentally pulling loose blankets over his face that might cause suffocation.
- It’s also been known to help babies who tend to cry often by giving them a sense of security and the feeling of being held.
Last, but not least, it has also been said to help a baby with deep sleep and help to create new sleep patterns as well.
- Some feel that it can lead to overheating so keep the room at a temperature that won’t be too hot for the baby and to keep him from overheating.
- All babies need to sleep on their backs, especially swaddled babies to avoid the possibility of suffocation so make sure your baby doesn’t roll over onto her tummies.
- Make sure baby cannot wriggle out of the blanket and pull it on top of his face as mentioned before.
- Swaddling can cause hip dislocation if you do it too tightly. It is recommended to swaddle the baby so that his ability to bend legs up and out is not hindered to avoid the issue of dislocation.
Also, you should be aware that swaddling inhibits the ability to have skin-to-skin contact with the baby which I do believe is very important for baby’s well-being.
Things To Think About If You Choose To Swaddle With Blankets
There are some things you’ll want to pay attention to if you choose to swaddle your baby.
- Be sure there are no loose blankets or sheets in the baby’s sleeping area.
- Don’t put the blanket you swaddle your baby with on top of his head or over his face.
- Once your baby can roll over on his own, you will not want to swaddle him any longer.
- Don’t forget to have skin-to-skin contact with your baby whenever you can.
3 Types of Baby Swaddle Blankets You Can Try
- Traditional Style: Get a square shaped blanket usually larger than a receiving blanket and fold it over the baby in the swaddling form using the four corners to fold.
- Sleep Sacks: These leave more room for baby to move within the blanket. The baby’s legs are enclosed within the sack, but it doesn’t interfere with movement. It’s just like a sack with a zipper.
- Wrap-types: These swaddle blankets are like wrapping your baby in gift wrap and are shaped specifically to swaddle.
So, when it comes to deciding whether using a swaddle blanket is right for your baby, you’ll want to do some research and comparison before you make that final decision. Ask others who have used them to see how they liked them. Swaddling my baby was the best thing I could do for my baby when he was so colicky. It seemed to help him calm down and sleep peacefully.
Should You Use Swaddle Blankets?
Before you start, please consider all the pros and cons you’ve read here or heard from others. Check out some of the different types of blankets, and most importantly, think about the main benefit you want to get from using a baby swaddle blanket.
I’m sure when it comes down to it, you will make the right decision for you and your baby.