Are parents and caregivers possibly hurting babies when they swaddle them? Swaddling infants has been used for centuries as a way to sooth babies and recreate the womb environment they are used to. Often babies sleep better and more soundly while swaddled and it makes putting a baby to sleep on their back a more comfortable position for them. However, when it isn’t done correctly (too tight, too loose, or too thick and warm of blanket) it can have negative effects. I specifically have met with each nanny on my team to ensure that they are confident in the correct swaddling technique and we also teach parents of newborns correct swaddle technique. MMEZ has successfully swaddled dozens of babies. After two California caregivers were arraigned on child abuse charges for improper swaddling, the topic is receiving some negative press. It is worth noting that “Social services discovered the inappropriate swaddling, along with multiple licensing violations, during an unannounced visit” to the facility where they were working.
However, as even the American Academy of Pediatrics will state : “when done correctly swaddling can help calm babies and help them sleep better.” So lets teach ourselves, and others how to do it CORRECTLY instead of tossing the whole idea out altogether. There are any number of baby gadgets, equipment, and toys that we use for our infants which come with directions, or a number to call for questions so that it can use used properly and safely…this is no different.