Chances are that as a new or expecting parent you’ve most probably heard someone tell you to swaddle your baby, but with so many products promising a more beneficial swaddle, it can be tough to figure out what’s based on fact and what is a sales gimmick. With my first son, I really didn’t know much about swaddling, but having eventually figured it out, I discovered some handy tips and products that did, in fact, help him sleep better.
What are the benefits of swaddling?
Swaddling has been identified as a method adopted and used for hundreds of years, across many cultures. No matter how much parenting has evolved, it seems that one thing that we and our ancestors are in agreement in, is that swaddling helps your baby. But what are the actual benefits? Baby Sense believe that there are 3 key benefits which include sleep, calm and feeding. There is an outstanding amount of research that supports that swaddling helps babies sleep better for longer, as it helps calm and soothe babies by imitating the womb environment and prevents the startle reflex which causes frequent wakings in newborns. Swaddling is also encouraged when your baby is difficult to feed, as the swaddle helps to calm and make them feel more coordinated, providing a better feeding experience for both mom and baby.
Blankets for swaddling
I recently shared that the Baby Sense muslin and cotton receivers are great for swaddling as they are large, light-weight and have a gentle stretch. You can read more about understanding different blankets, their uses and benefits over here. Baby Sense have also gone on to offer two more products that simplify the art of swaddling, and make it easier than ever to provide a comfortable swaddle for your baby, without faffing about.
Baby Sense Cuddlewrap
Available in: Blue, Pink, and Stone
The Baby Sense Cuddlewrap is an award-winning product, and thanks to its unique heart-shaped design, it creates a snug fit without the need for velcro or ties. The Cuddlewrap is made from a stretchy cotton which works to imitate the womb environment, helping your baby feel cozy and secure. The Cuddlewrap is designed to be a practical and durable product for new parents and because it is made from 100% cotton, it absorbs excess moisture and reduces the risk of over-heating. The Cuddlewrap is ideal for babies aged newborns to 4-months old, when baby has outgrown swaddling and no longer need to be swaddled to fall asleep.
How to use the Baby Sense Cuddlewrap
Baby Sense Cuddlegrow
Available in: Blue, Pink, and Stone
The Cuddlegrow from Baby Sense offers all the features that we already love in the Cuddlewrap, but they’ve cleverly combined the unique heart-shaped design with the legs of a onesie. The result is a new approach to swaddling, which lets parents swaddle their babies even while they’re safely buckled in their car seat or pram. I also found that the new design is particularly great for little boys who like to kick their legs, often loosening the snug of a swaddle. Just like the Cuddlewrap, the Cuddlegrow is made from 100% cotton which absorbs moisture and reduces the risk of overheating. The Cuddlegrow can be used with newborns until around 4-months old, when baby has outgrown swaddling and no longer need to be swaddled to fall asleep.
How to use the Baby Sense Cuddlegrow
Have you tried these swaddling products, which one do you prefer? If you want to get your hands on a few Baby Sense products of your own, you can visit their online store. Alternatively, Baby Sense products are available at most leading baby retailers including Baby City, Baby Boom, Babies R Us and more. Baby Sense also offers a wealth of knowledge for new and expecting parents on their website.