Getting your baby to sleep soundly might be just as simple as swaddling her right. Find out what you need to know now.
WORDS ANGEL DREWGUS & MELISSA ESPECKERMAN
When it comes to tucking your brand new bub into bed, no pillows or duvets are needed. Instead, all you really need is a thin muslin cloth. To keep your little one nice and snug, you might want to try swaddling her in a soft, cotton sheet. This might help her to settle into her new room better and also provides her with a sense of security.
The book The Sensational Baby Sleep Plan by Alison Scott-Wright states, “Swaddling your baby may also help to reduce the impact of the startle reflex. This is a natural reflex that occurs in young babies, causing them to make a sudden, jerky movement as if they have been startled by a loud noise. It can occur throughout sleep and babies can easily be woken or disturbed as their arms thrash around. Swaddling your baby with his arms across his chest lessens the impact, thus aiding undisturbed sleep.”
According to Kang Phaik Gaik, head parentcraft/lactation, Mount Alvernia Hospital this is what you need to know when it comes to swaddling your baby.