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.
It is every parent and caregiver’s worst fear: to come upon an infant that isn’t breathing. Unfortunately it happens hundreds of times each year and while some babies are able to be revived, others aren’t. There are various causes for why this may happen, some are known, others are not. “Sleep deaths (from SIDS and suffocation) continue to be the #1 infant killer (between 1-12 months).”
Dr. Harvey Karp is well known for his work in the area of newborn and toddler care. His work is well respected and something that Multiples Made EZ, LLC practices and teaches willing parents about. I have witness first hand the impact his teachings can have on newborns and their tired parents. In this article Dr. Karp addresses the simple steps that parents can take to make sure their infant is as safe as possible while sleeping.
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Many people will acknowledge the need for proper feeding and sleeping schedules for infants but often they overlook the true sleep needs of a toddler. Sleep is a somewhat individualized requirement but there are certainly guidelines to follow and better yet, results to consider. It’s common that I have moms of babies I have worked with tell me that their baby is like a new child after they implemented an age appropriate nap and sleep schedule. Often babies who develop good sleep habits and patterns turn into toddlers who have the same. Some parents think that their infant who doesn’t sleep well will mysteriously turn into an older infant or toddler who will…this isn’t usually the case. Of course there are the fortunate few who have their child’s sleep issues resolve with no real effort on their part but this is the rare case and not the usual sequence of events.
If you have a baby right now or are about to I encourage you to start early working with your infant to meet their sleep needs. If your baby has already turned into a young toddler it isn’t too late but it can be a bit more challenging to change the habits and patterns of a toddler than to guide an infant to an age appropriate sleep schedule.
It’s a question that most parents struggle with. When it comes time to teach your baby to fall asleep alone and sleep at night without your continued rocking, bottle feeding, etc. how is the “best” way to do it? Fortunately Multiples Made EZ has had experience helping parents establish timely and healthy sleep habits for infants so that this process involves minimal crying. In fact there are some infants who are able to fall asleep alone with NO CRYING after their parents have been taught a few sleep training tactics and they have practiced them regularly. When sleep training is started too young it is ineffective and when it is started too late it becomes more challenging and usually takes longer. The good news is that even with some crying involved there is not thought to be any negative side effects for your infant according to the study and the result is likely to be a better rested mom and baby!
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