The day has come, and your precious little bundle of joy has finally arrived, congratulations! Unfortunately, she did not come with a ‘How to’ guide, and you may be thinking, how do I dress my baby for bedtime?
It can be tricky to navigate the first few weeks of baby’s life, especially as a first-time parent. You are learning how to take care of your baby, and your baby is learning how to cope with the big, wide world. One of the most frustrating things is dealing with the Startle Reflex. You finally get your baby to sleep, and you are carefully lowering them into the bassinet so that you can get a few hours sleep yourself. Suddenly, your baby throws her arms and legs out, and begins crying uncontrollably. Seemingly for no reason. Welcome to the Startle Reflex.
Babies love the snug feeling of being wrapped in a swaddle. It can aid their sleep, and help them to settle. But they cannot be swaddled forever. After a certain age, or when certain milestones are achieved, there comes a time when you must stop swaddling. We explore when you should stop swaddling your baby and why.
Have you ever wondered why a baby settles so well in a swaddle? Or why they seem to sleep so much better when swaddled. To us as adults it doesn’t look very comfortable! But it makes the very young feel safe and secure. We explore the reasons why babies love being swaddled, and when it is time to transition to the next phase.