Swadling has proven to be beneficial not only for newborns but also for parents. This practice treats children calmly and well, requiring less attention; As such, parents or babysitters do not panic and become stressed. It simplifies the entire parenting process, especially for first-timers.
Are you a new mom eager to hug your baby, but need guidance on how to wrap it properly? Below are some mistakes made by some parents so you can avoid them.
Do not wrap your children twice in a blanket.
In other words, use only one blanket and not two. Doubling the blanket causes more heat which can be dangerous for your newborn’s body. Overheating is particularly associated with sudden infant death syndrome. Look for signs like excessive sweating or wet hair. Fortunately, today there are blankets made especially to make them comfortable and safe.
Do not use loose or very tight blankets.
Otherwise a blanket can strangle your newborn or cause hip problems. Even a loose or tight blanket will defeat the purpose of hanging, as it can hold your baby not safely but comfortably. So make sure you get one that fits your baby’s size perfectly. You can do this by getting your baby’s size before buying one.
Do not place your children’s hands on the sides.
Doing so not only restricts the movement of the newborn but can also cause joint pain. Put your hands on their hearts so that your children feel well protected and comfortable. This gives them control over the situation; Thus, making them calm and well behaved.
Do not let children sleep on their stomachs.
This condition not only limits their air intake but also induces overheating. You need to keep the children comfortable by ensuring that they get good air circulation. Sleeping on their stomachs can lead to bad posture so make sure they are lying on their backs. You do not want your child to develop Kundala posture.
Don’t wrap your kids when they start to roll.
Children naturally reach the stage where they choose to roll or crawl. This is already a big movement so their hands should always be free. Sweatling at this stage may not be as good as the blanket can squeeze their throats because they know how to move big and wide. They probably already know how to remove the swaddle blanket. By the time their child is 5 or 6 months old, most parents stop messing around to give way to other motor development.
Don’t wrap them all day.
Your children also need to develop other skills so give them the freedom to move around their crib or bed at any time of the day. Let them experience their surroundings and observe how they can use their bodies.