After being tightly cuddled inside mom for nine months, it's no wonder that some babies enjoy being swaddled after birth. It makes them feel snug, warm and secure. Swaddling can help calm many fussy or crying babies and even help them sleep longer in the first few months of life. In fact, many cultures have been swaddling their infants for thousands of years. Basic benefits of swaddling:
It’s a common dread: the thought of no longer swaddling your baby as swaddling becomes an important bedtime routine for both you and your baby. When the time comes to transition your baby*, parents often fear sleepless nights ahead. But change is good. This is a positive change meaning your baby is growing and developing, and ready to learn some self-soothing skills.
Thankfully, the HALO® SleepSack® Swaddle is designed with this transition in mind. Its 2-in-1 design means you can make this transition gradually. First, try a night or two with a “one armed swaddle”. That is exactly what it sounds like – keep one arm swaddled and secure, and leave the other arm out and free. This way, she has that hand free to suck her fingers and self soothe while still feeling the snug comfort of the swaddle. If you notice that your baby seems to show a preference sucking one hand over the other, that’s the one to leave free. When your baby acclimates to the one arm swaddle, move on to swaddling your baby with both of her hands free. This should help to make his graduation to the SleepSack wearable blanket easier for you and your little one.
*Pediatricians recommend discontinuing swaddling when your baby shows signs of breaking free from the swaddle or rolling over.