Types swaddling a newborn baby - the pros and cons, the basic rules of swaddling

By Admin | Children
02 April 2016

Question "or swaddle swaddled?" Confronts every modern mom in the first hours after birth.It's in the Soviet era mummies nobody will ask, and newborn tots brought to the House for a long gurney tight spelenetymi "worms"?and have their mouths open.Today mom "go" from the maternity ward directly with babies (in most cases) and almost jumping with wheelchair independently begin the process of changing mat or pulling sliders.

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Should swaddled - that is the question! Investigated ...

Free swaddling baby

content of the article:

  • Types swaddling baby
  • Pros and Cons of tight swaddling a newborn
  • have free baby changing
  • Technique free swaddling a newborn

Types swaddling - in what wayYou can swaddle your baby

known method of swaddling a newborn 4 crumbs:

  • Tight. babe swaddled "hands and feet", stretching his legs and arms along the body for maximum limitation of movement.Specialists (the bulk of them) method is not welcome.
  • Free. In this case, only swaddled legs (not tight), the handle is left free.Or "packaged" in a big envelope crumbs.Gentle option to comfort the child and prevention of hip dysplasia.
  • Wide. method is used for orthopedic problems of the nature of a child in violation of any muscle tone.Pose for a natural child - bent legs.Among them - a special diaper panties.Next - or tight or free swaddling.
  • naturally. That is, no diapers - only sliders and vests for full freedom of the little gnome.


Pros and Cons of tight swaddling a newborn - whether it is necessary to swaddle the baby tight?

About harm swaddling today speak louder and more often.Despite the Russian tradition of swaddling the baby to "mitigate the birth stress», modern moms to doubt the correctness of the method .


And there are grounds for doubt.

Deficiencies and consequences of tight swaddling, according to scientific medicine:

  • inhibition of motor function remains.
  • risk of developing hip dysplasia.
  • Violation of circulation and compression of the lungs.
  • overheating and decreased immunity.
  • deterioration of sleep and being a baby because of violation of his usual, physiological posture (posture of the embryo).
  • Psychological effects: passivity and weakness of character in the future.Tight swaddling - a sort of "cap" on the instinct of freedom.
  • difficulties in the future formation of speech functions.
  • lack of tactile sensations (one of the most important sensory channels, responsible for psychological sensitivity of the child in the future).
  • Fainting muscles, joints and ligaments due to the poor performance of the gastrointestinal tract, the slow development of the lungs and the heart, slowing metabolism and poor circulation.
  • higher risk of developing pneumonia, or sudden infant death syndrome.
  • overloaded nervous system.During sleep, while limiting the movements, the brain is barely handle all the information that was received during the day.
  • One and the same position throughout the night is not good for the health of the crumbs.Well, if the mother turns the baby every hour and a half - that on one flank, then the other.And if not?Try to spend the night in a tightly coiled sheet on one side.What can we say about the situation when a pipsqueak sleeping through the night on his back, unable to move: srygnuv milk, he can simply drown.

4 Myths about a tight swaddling a newborn:

  • «method will help straighten the leg." Alas, no.will not help.A curvature of the legs, by the way, caused by a deficiency of vitamin D and rickets.
  • «The diaper crumbs heat and lower the risk that he is sick." contrary.In a tight swaddling adaptation to temperature changes more difficult, and in the winter and do overheat.As a result, instead of hardening - antizakalivanie.


  • «The diaper baby more comfortable." This mom thinks so, when tightly swaddled baby finally falls asleep.In fact, sleep pipsqueak, "surrendering" - unable to resist her mother's insistence.A natural for him to posture - posture of the embryo.That is, the free movement of the arms and legs.
  • «The tighter the diaper, the stronger will be sleeping." controversial question and the individual.Most of the children as time trying to escape from the diaper captivity to suck on a finger, or even move.See also: Why the baby does not sleep well at night?
  • «Kid himself wakes up at night pens, diaper if it is not." tightly swaddled baby wakes up during the night even more than with the free swaddling.Because he was tired of the same pose.
  • «Child scratches himself." If properly cut nails, about this problem you can not survive.In a pinch, you can always buy "Scratchy".


And what does the other part of experts in favor of tight swaddling?

  • Thanks taut swaddling, is an increase in the phase of deep sleep.
  • The cocoon diaper baby calms down quickly (this plus more for mom).
  • diapers are cheaper and sliders raspashonok.
  • Swaddling saves when teething.
  • tightly swaddled baby is easier to shift to bed with my mother's couch without waking.

the exception of the first point, all the "pros" tight swaddling reduced to calm my mother and saving money, time and effort.

favor of free swaddling a newborn baby

Of all the swaddling it free now recommended by pediatricians .For the possibility of free movement of arms and legs in the warm "shell" diapers, which provides "intrauterine" conditions.

See also: Types of diapers - diapers for newborns have better?


What are the benefits of such a diaper changing?

  • Comfort for baby and the opportunity to take a natural position during sleep.The space is clearly limited, but without effect "straitjacket" tight swaddling - baby calm internally and physically comfortable.
  • Tactile sensations. child can feel the fabric diapers and handles and feet.What contributes to the development of touch.
  • kid can sleep on their side or even on the tummy.
  • child develops correctly (fine motor skills, tactile sensations and so forth.).
  • kid before starting to walk.
  • The skin baby less inflammation and irritation , due to air circulation and maintain a normal temperature inside the diaper, without overheating and the greenhouse effect.
  • easy to work in full, circulation is not disturbed, blood fully oxygenated.
  • Free swaddling - is the first stage of hardening and thus strengthening the immune system.


Technique free swaddling a newborn, video - when and how to swaddle a baby?

swaddled baby free method can be used in any situation, permitting such a possibility: at night, in the summer for a walk in the winter - in the envelope feeding, etc. .

With 2-3 months crumb is already possible to swaddle only during nighttime sleep.

Free swaddling baby

free swaddling technique crumbs simple:

  • Put the crumbs in the baby's undershirt in accordance with the ambient temperature of + diaper.
  • Place the child on top of the diaper (upper edge of the diaper - at waist level) to handle when swaddling were "at liberty."
  • Wrap toddler tucked, first left, then the right edge of the diaper under the baby.
  • lower edge of the diaper carefully spread to no folds, and wrap the crumbs on top of the legs.The lateral ends of the diaper refill on the sides or behind the baby.

What you need to remember the rules of free swaddling - moms to note:

  • If the room is warm, the thin undershirts enough.The diaper is also possible to take the fine.
  • most convenient diaper - knitted.They create a comfortable microclimate baby, pass the air, leave a space for movement and the most convenient fixed.
  • diapers can be used instead of an envelope of a thin fabric - "sleeping bag" for the baby.

Video: free swaddling a newborn baby.

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