Posted by Karen Barski on April 08, 2014
Baby swaddling is a practice that has been around for years and traditionally it has been used to help babies sleep longer and sounder. Learning to correctly swaddle baby is key to ensuring safety and effectiveness. There are multiple benefits of swaddling baby but it’s crucial that baby is being swaddled safely and correctly to eliminate any risks. Here are the easiest way to swaddle baby and four safety tips that all parents should know.
When it comes to traditional swaddle blankets, they can be wrapped too tightly around baby causing hip dysplasia. Strong babies can break out of these blankets leaving them unable to fall asleep, and the unraveled blanket can then cover baby’s face and poses risk of suffocation. These blankets can also lead to overheating, which is a risk factor associated with SIDS.
Instead of using traditional swaddle blankets, the Woombie baby swaddle is the easiest, safest and most effective way to swaddle a baby. Just place baby in and zip! The unique peanut-shaped design, gently hugs the shoulders and tummy allowing for natural movement of the arms, legs and hips. Using 4-way stretch signature bebeflex(TM) fabric, it softly cocoons baby without restricting mobility or development. Baby can stretch as needed and then the Woombie re-conforms back to the snug-like form.
The Woombie works so well because it mimics the feeling of touch, warmth and cuddle, re-creating the womb environment baby felt prior to birth. This is important for calming baby and preventing flailing arms.
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When swaddling baby, parents should take these four tips into consideration:
Tip #1: Do not over-swaddle baby. Over-swaddling or using double swaddle blankets can lead to an overheated baby. This is a factor that has been linked to SIDS. Signs of an overheated baby include damp hair and sweating.
Tip #2: Don’t swaddle baby too tightly. If possible use a baby swaddle like the Woombie that allows baby to have a good hip range of motion to prevent hip issues like hip dysplasia.
Tip #3: Place your swaddled baby on his back to sleep. When baby sleeps on his stomach he is more likely to rebreathe his own exhaled air and start to overheat, both of which can lead to SIDS. Always remember that back is best.
Tip #4: Once baby starts to roll over it is no longer safe to swaddle. Talk to your pediatrician to find out your next steps and look for an arms-free swaddle like the Convertible Woombie which will help ease the transition out of swaddling. If your baby is rolling but still has a startle reflex then the Zipadee-Zip is a great solution to transition babies from swaddling.
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
For more information, visit www.woombie.com.
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