Swaddling: a miracle process for putting baby to sleep?

Swaddling is an ancient practice that is making a comeback in recent times. What explains why a technique that has been forgotten for decades is so appealing to parents today? However, it does not manage to achieve unanimity. Its detractors point to the risks for the child. So what to think about it? Ilado provides you with an update on swaddling, its benefits and risks, and presents you with an interesting alternative, cocoons.

What is swaddling?

Swaddling? What is it exactly ? It might not be completely unnecessary to explain a little about what this is about. Swaddling has been practiced all over the world, including in Europe, and since the dawn of time. Women swaddle their babies to protect them from the cold, but that's not all. Swaddling baby and hanging him up could be very useful to put him out of reach of animals! In the West, the technique continued until the early 1970s. At that time everything changed. With the advent of sleeping bags, swaddling was forgotten for a few decades.

Why this return to swaddling?

Babies today in our latitudes are very unlikely to get cold (it would be quite the opposite). The same goes for the risks associated with animals. No danger seems to be lying in wait for baby on that side either. The only animal that has kept a bit of a wild temper is the house cat, and he's far too lazy to show any bad intentions towards baby! So why are so many parents interested in swaddling again? In fact, it all comes from an American pediatrician, Harvey Karp, who has observed a real benefit in regulating the sleep of toddlers and brought the technique up to date.

Swaddling: what are the benefits for baby?

Swaddling would therefore be a magic recipe for putting babies to sleep. When you know how much sleep is at the center of parents' concerns, it's easy to imagine that a technique that allows their baby to fall asleep peacefully is likely to be of interest to them. Why not give it a try then? More and more of them are doing it and finding that it works! How to explain this? Swaddling allows the baby to regain the sensations he had in utero. It soothes him, comforts him, gives him a peaceful sleep. It also has the advantage of limiting the uncontrolled movements (Moro reflexes) that agitate babies when they sleep and disturb their sleep.

What are the risks of swaddling?

So what's the problem? Swaddling is so beneficial to babies, it would be a shame to deprive them of it! Not so simple, because the technique is controversial. Its detractors even have a few strong arguments to take the time to think before adopting swaddling for good. They accuse her, studies support, of being responsible for an increased risk of unexpected infant death. Another problem is that the tightness of the baby's legs could prevent him from developing normally. Obviously, these shocking arguments are sobering, but these risks are above all linked to bad swaddling practices, which are easy to correct.

How to properly swaddle your baby?

To swaddle your baby safely, a few precautions should be taken. Most babies like to be swaddled. But, if you see that yours doesn't like it, you'd better not push it. Swaddling should not be done beyond 3 months, and only to help baby sleep well. There is therefore no question of using it outside of periods of sleep, to calm the child for example. If your baby needs to be calmed down, the best thing to do is to pick him up in your arms or in a baby sling. Another important point: baby's legs should be able to move freely, not being tied up in the blanket or swaddling diaper. Only the upper body should be contained, avoiding squeezing (you should be able to pass your hand between your baby and his blanket). Swaddling raises the baby's temperature. In case of fever or hot weather, it is best to avoid swaddling it to prevent it from getting too hot. In all cases, a light cotton blanket or a diaper is enough to swaddle baby and ensure his comfort!

Cocoons, a modern version of swaddling

If swaddling doesn't quite convince you, cocoons are a great alternative to putting your baby to sleep. Their origin dates back twenty years. Danièle Salducci was at the time a physiotherapist at the North Hospital of Marseille. She was inspired by swaddling to develop foam cocoons for premature babies in the neonatal ward of the hospital where she works. These small nests are installed in the incubators to allow the babies to develop well. Made to measure and in an artisanal way at first, they are then marketed for general public use.

Ilado also offers woolen cocoons . Composed of supple, thermoregulatory, and easy-care merino wool, Ilado woolen cocoons gently welcome your baby, with an enveloping and reassuring sensation. By reminding him of the comfort and security of his womb life, he accompanies your little one towards a state of calm and well-being… What happiness!