New motherhood comes with a bundle of lessons. You may read all the books on motherhood available, but there’s always something new to learn. One of the most important skills to have is knowing how to swaddle your baby. But what happens if your baby hates swaddling?
Here are some of the reasons this could be happening and tips on overcoming this challenge.
The Importance Of Swaddling For Baby
Swaddling is very important for babies as it reminds them of their time in the womb and helps them feel safe. It helps them to feel less anxious in their different surroundings and eliminates the need to have comfort items, like stuffed animals, in the baby’s crib.
Swaddled babies also tend to sleep longer and more soundly, which is excellent for a new mother looking for as much rest as possible. Even if the baby wakes up at night, swaddling mimics touch, so they are more likely to self soothe and go back to sleep independently.
Most importantly of all, swaddling can help to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which can affect babies from one month to one year of age. Swaddling helps maintain the baby’s back-sleeping position and makes it harder to roll, one of the leading causes of SIDS.
Safe Swaddling Tips
Use a blanket that’s big enough to wrap all-around your baby’s body.
- Lay the blanket down on the bed or a clean floor and fold down one corner. Then lay the baby down on the blanket with the head on the fold.
- Wrap one side of the blanket across the baby’s body and tuck it underneath them. Make sure that the baby’s arm is on the side.
- Fold the blanket corner at the bottom toward the baby’s chest and make sure that it’s not too tight, and the baby’s legs can move freely.
- Finally, wrap the blanket’s remaining side across the baby’s body and tuck it underneath them.
What To Do When Baby Hates Swaddling
While most babies enjoy being swaddled, you may have noticed that your baby cries a lot or a lot of resistance when you try to swaddle them. It could be the wrong swaddling technique or using something that they don’t like.
Your baby may also hate swaddling if it feels too restrictive, so you can try leaving an arm or leg out of the swaddle. You should also consider the timing of your swaddling, and try to do it when your child is just about to fall asleep. You can also set the mood with some music and dim lighting so that your baby feels even safer when you start swaddling.
Please note that your baby will try to fight the swaddle if it douches their cheeks. They are likely to think that is a breast and will be crying and very frustrated when they start rooting around and can’t find the nipple. You can prevent this by making sure that you keep swaddling off your baby’s face in the shape of a V-neck sweater.
Swaddling is easy once you know how to go about it. Even though it may seem like your baby hates swaddling sometimes, you just need to keep a note of what your baby is responding to, and you’ll be good to go.