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Swaddling, to reassure your baby


After nine months in utero, a newborn finds himself a little lost in an unrestricted space. By recreating an enveloping cocoon, swaddling reminds her of comforting feelings, soothes her and makes her fall asleep.

What does "swaddling" her baby mean?

  • The term swaddling comes from the word "swimsuit" and means that one wraps the newborn in a large piece of cloth, his arms along his body, thus avoiding the reflex of Moro (called fear) occurring when disordered movements of the arms awaken the baby with a start and make him cry.

Why swaddle her baby?

  • After nine months in utero, a newborn finds himself a little lost in an unrestricted space. By recreating an enveloping cocoon, swaddling reminds her of comforting sensations. Thus reassured, his fall asleep is easy and his sleep peaceful because swaddling limits the uncontrolled movements of his arms (Moro reflexes), causing unwanted awakenings.

For who ?

  • All babies can be swaddled from birth. A habit that will soon become a ritual. But, most often between 3 and 6 months, babies show the need to keep their arms free of their movements.
  • Good to know: at the maternity ward, swaddling is sometimes offered to mothers who have just given birth and are too tired to wear their newborn baby. A kind of palliative to secure maternal arms.
  • Your baby starts to wriggle if you put it on the lange or gets rid of it alone? It's time to propose a turbulette instead.

How to swaddle her baby?

  • The ideal way to swaddle your baby is to use a cotton lange, both soft and breathable. It will wrap itself perfectly around his body thanks to its flexible weaving and will let his skin breathe, without risking a rise in temperature. For this reason, ban synthetic fabrics.
  • To avoid dislocation of the hip, make a loose swaddling that allows the child to move his legs unhindered.
  • Of course, you should not swaddle your baby when he is awake during the day, but let him learn to play with his hands.

Elisabeth Tzimakas

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