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Swaddling

by on November 29, 2010

 

Always on the look out for new inventions to the market, we have recently taken stock of a great new product called The Bigmuz.

Bigmuz’s simple idea of using a 120cm sq muslin cloth to swaddle is second to none, as the open weave allows air flow around the baby.

The art of swaddling a baby goes back to biblical times; wrapping unsettled newborns to sooth them. During your hospital stay, you will notice that most midwives still swaddle infants straight after birth.

Babies are not coordinated enough to self-soothe reliably until 14 weeks.  Swaddling is a substitute during this time to limit startle reflex, thus preventing unwanted arousal and facial scratches.

Most babies love the feeling of being secure. Being wrapped makes them feel comfortable and content as this mimics their experience in the womb, and it couldn’t be easier to do:

  1. Place a muslin on the bed, fold down top 15cm. Lay baby in the middle of the muslin, shoulders are level with the top, head on bed covers.
  2. Wrap one arm at a time. Put baby’s arm out to the side, place it under the fold you have just made.
  3. Tuck muslin under arm.
  4. Bring whole side of muslin across.
  5. Tuck around and under baby’s body.
  6. Repeat with other arm. Tuck the muslin as far as you can around baby to make them feel snug.

Points to consider:

Be aware of the warmth of the room. Always check your room thermometer. Keep a check of your baby’s temperature by touching his neck or chest.

Never cover your baby’s head.

Only wrap your baby when putting them down for a sleep. When they are awake, allow them to move freely, exercising their muscles.

Frequently Asked Questions

    Why muslin?
    You can easily wrap your baby in this material. Being 100% cotton, it is thin, natural and breathable. If the room is cold then you may have to add a blanket over the baby.

    I have tried swaddling but the arms keep popping out waking my baby.
    This technique is very simple to follow. The muslin cloth is wrapped separately around each arm so that they cannot come free.

    My son is already two months old. Can he still be swaddled?
    Its not too late to swaddle, they love the comfort it creates.

    Should I still place my baby on his back when swaddling?
    Yes, it is very important to place your baby on their back. For more information go to the department of health and the Foundation study for infant death.

    How long can I swaddle for?
    As the muslins are so big you can swaddle up to about 7 months, but naturally your baby will decide when they don’t want to be wrapped anymore.

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