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December 09, 2022 3 min read

Parents have been swaddling their babies for thousands of years as it recreates the feeling of being in the womb, calming and soothing baby to provide a gentle womb to world transition. As a parent to a newborn often with little to no rest, you could probably use the extra sleep that swaddling your baby can provide. 

For new parents of a little one, deep and restorative sleep is a vital commodity. It is important not only to a baby's mental and physical development but the wellbeing of their parents too.


Why Swaddle? The 8 Benefits of Swaddling Your Baby

The Benefits of Swaddling Your Baby

Swaddling your baby reminds them of the warmth, comfort and security they felt in the womb and therefore can help settle and soothe your baby. By reducing a baby's natural startle reflex, research shows that swaddled babies wake up less and sleep longer. There are many benefits to swaddling your baby making the effort of wrapping your baby into a little burrito every time they go to sleep all worth it.


Here are some benefits that you and your baby will enjoy:

1 - Helps your baby sleep longer and more soundly which means better sleep for everyone

2 - Swaddling prevents unnecessary wake-ups as it reduces their natural startle reflex 

3 - The feeling of a swaddle imitates your touch and is a comfort to fussy babies

4 - Reduces crying

5 - When done safely and correctly, swaddling your baby reduces the risk of SIDS

6 - A swaddled baby can't scratch their face

7 - Helps your baby learn to self-soothe and get back to sleep on their own

8 - Swaddled babies experience less anxiety


How to Swaddle Your Baby: The 5 Simple Steps

How to Swaddle Your Baby: The 5 Simple Steps

Swaddling may seem like a complicated and confusing process (wrap this, tuck that!) but it doesn't have to be! Learning and practicing the art of swaddling will help you and your precious baby get more sleep.


1 - Spread out your swaddling blanket on a flat surface and fold into a triangle. 

2 - Place baby in the centre with their feet pointing towards you and their shoulders just below the fold so only their head is above the blanket.

3 - Arrange baby's right arm next to their body. Pull that same side of the swaddle over your baby's arm and chest. To secure the loose end, tuck it underneath your baby's body. Your baby's left arm should remain free.

4 - Fold the bottom of the swaddle over baby's feet.

5 - Pull the remaining side of the swaddle blanket over baby's body to cover their free arm and chest. Once again, secure the swaddle in place by tucking underneath.


Safety Tips: When to Stop Swaddling Your Baby 

 Safety Tips: When to Stop Swaddling Your Baby

It is important to ensure you are swaddling your baby correctly to avoid discomfort and danger.


Follow the below safety tips:

- Always place your baby on their back when swaddled

- Stop swaddling your baby as soon as they can roll over

- Keep baby's cot or sleeping area free of any loose pillows, blankets, toys or clothing

- Be aware of signs overheating including sweating, damp hair, flushed cheeks and fast breathing as babies are more likely to get too hot when swaddled.

- Don't wrap your baby too tightly as it could be uncomfortable and studies show that swaddling a baby's legs too tightly can lead to hip dysplasia.


When your baby outgrows the swaddle, a sleep bag that leaves your baby's arms free is a good option.


    DockATot's New Sleep Essentials Range

    DockATot's New Sleep Essentials Range

    We invite your little ones to enjoy a luxurious night’s sleep with our new collection of Swaddles and Sleep Bags that are thoughtfully designed and feature buttery-soft fabrics and elegant finishes.


    Swaddle Sets

    Made from a bamboo and cotton blend, our Swaddle Sets were created to provide a calming touch and comfort for babies during rest time. Available in a pack of two, this cosy baby essential will be your new go to for swaddling, nappy changes, as a cover while breastfeeding or as pram blanket to keep baby protected from the elements.


    Sleep Bags

    Keep your baby safe and secure at night with our smartly designed wearable blanket. Our Sleep Bag makes late night nappy changes a breeze with its side zippers for easy removal and access while the shoulder snaps simplify the on and off process for parents. It is fully reversible so you can choose between a printed poplin side or a soft cozy solid knit side.


    Enjoy the benefits of swaddling your baby with our Sleep Essentials range. Snuggle time never look so good!


    Lots of love,

    DockATot xx

    DockATot Baby Sleep Essentials

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