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Do you know the trick to helping newborns sleep more soundly? The Ollie World’s Parenting and Baby Expert Hindi Zeidman shares techniques to swaddle babies and induce calm restful sleep.
The technique of swaddling is a timeless practice that has been used throughout the ages. Swaddling your newborn, or wrapping your baby snuggly in a blanket, can help her feel safe and secure in the early weeks after birth. Chances are your nurse will hand you a perfectly swaddled and peaceful baby in the hospital after your baby’s birth. Many parents can even take a class before their baby is born to learn the swaddling technique.
Babies like the feeling of swaddling because it reminds them of being in the womb. It gives them security and warmth. If your baby squirms and cries when she is being swaddled, it means she’d rather have her arms and legs free. If this happens, just try wrapping her more loosely in the blanket and see if she likes that better. Doctors recommend that babies stop swaddling once they near the point of rolling over. Once your baby can roll over, she should no longer be swaddled as it restricts movement and will not allow her to safely lie on her tummy or return to her back.
Hindi Zeidman is the founder of Ollie Swaddle the cozy swaddling solution designed to decrease fussiness, assist in self-calming, and ultimately improve baby’s quality and duration of sleep. As a parenting and baby expert, Hindi helps moms and dads navigate the ups and downs of parenting through her advice. She covers topics ranging from the best ways to swaddle, how to soothe and calm your baby, best bedtime routines for baby, and more.