As a mum of three enchanting little girls (she said objectively and with a sigh of love), I’ve had my share of failures and successes with upbringing my kids. Not only does the process have a learning curve, but every baby has a unique tempo, personality and needs, so while there is much to learn with the first one, I had to reshape my mum-self to be better suited for my second and once again, for my third daughter.
Some things, however, such as swaddling and babywearing helped me stay sane and grow a deep, loving relationship with each of them. That doesn’t mean that all kids and parents enjoy these methods equally, so it’s important to always bear in mind your baby’s health and habits. Let me share with you how swaddling helped me be a better parent and my girls become as lively and happy as they are today!
Swaddling Calms Fussy Babies
All of my daughters have always had a temperament and they’ve never been afraid to express it! From day one with my oldest daughter, the wiggling and crying were almost endless, which of course lead to numerous sleepless nights. As soon as I started wrapping her up into a tiny burrito, she fell asleep more easily, reacted better to sleeping on her back, didn’t wake up so often and actually cooed more than cried.
While some medical experts wouldn’t recommend swaddling, others have recognized its effects on boosting your baby’s ability to sleep better and wake up well-rested and happy.
It Has Many Health Perks
The comfortable tightness of your swaddle encourages your baby to breathe slowly and mostly use belly breathing, which has endless benefits, from having a soothing effect, to increasing the amount of oxygen your baby gets. This, in turn helps regulate digestion and reduces potential inflammations and rashes. Once I learned all of this, I slept much more peacefully knowing that my baby is safe and sound.
It’s good to know that when your baby starts breathing only through the nose and starts trying to sleep on the tummy, it’s a good indicator that you can stop using swaddling and your baby will sleep, well, like a baby!
Warmth Boosts the Feeling of Safety
Just like when you keep your baby close, on your chest or in your arms, the feeling of warmth when you put them in swaddles naturally soothes your child. I imagine it would be like sleeping in a constant, cosy hug, embraced by that familiar fragrance of safety and cleanliness.
The comfortable, safe position of your baby’s hips, back and neck actually allows your baby to relax even when awake. The cotton is designed in such a way to provide a toasty protective layer in winter, and a light, breathable layer during summer, so your baby will be stress-free all the time.
How to Pick the Perfect Swaddles
If you are a newbie parent or you have many curious minds to confront like I do, door-to-door store shopping is out of the question. And again, if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to get your kids swaddles to match their emerging personalities and find something that just looks like your little bundle of joy. Nowadays you can easily buy swaddles online, check out recommendations of mums who have already tried the brand and use the benefit of home delivery.
Look for swaddles that are made of 100% cotton, to ensure proper breathability and hip support, so that your baby can sleep in a natural position. Also, check if it’s a one-size-fits-all, or if you should first weigh your wee one. Remember, a quality swaddle will also serve as a feeding cloth, a light blanket, and a safe toy! You’ll have your gorgeously designed and perfectly safe swaddle ready for your baby in no time.
All in all, I now have my two girls already in school and the youngest one in kindergarten, all three curious and clever, emotionally very warm but independent, and they surprise me daily with their bright ideas and incredible imagination. I’m having a hard time believing that they have grown up so fast and that burritos can produce such extraordinary originality and character!
I owe at least some of their present confidence and healthy self-love to bringing them up with swaddles and all kinds of baby slings that let us bond and become close. It seems that letting them enjoy their burrito-selves was beneficial in many ways, for me as much as it was for them. Now, our relationship grows deeper and stronger every day, and I couldn’t be more grateful for having three happy little girls that will surely grow up to be amazing people. The bottom line is, motherhood truly rocks!