Swaddling your baby is an age old tradition in many cultures throughout the world and is still popular in many today. Baby swaddling is generally recommended for newborn babies and babies up to approximately 6 months old (although this age is dependent on on baby’s personal preference).
Swaddling is believed to give your baby a sense of security by recreating the secure and snug environment within the womb. Muslin swaddle blankets are so soft and are perfect for swaddling your baby.
All you need to create this comfortable and secure environment for your baby is a muslin swaddling cloth and two hands. Muslin swaddling blankets or swaddle cloths are made from lightweight breathable 100% cotton, are extremely gentle on baby’s skin and also help regulate baby’s temperature by keeping them warm without overheating them. Baby muslins are specifically designed for exactly this purpose.
To Swaddle or Not to Swaddle?
Th decision to swaddle or not swaddle your baby is completely up to you and your baby. Most babies love the feeling of being securely wrapped up but a few babies do not like it and will fuss and cry when swaddled. As your baby grows they will outgrow their need for swaddling and will much prefer to stretch their arms and legs out and freely move around as they sleep. Your little one will let you know when they no longer want to be swaddled.
Safe Baby Swaddling
When swaddling your baby always use breathable muslin squares or muslin swaddling sheets, these are made from super soft lightweight breathable cotton or bamboo fibre and won’t impede baby’s breathing if they accidentally cover their face. Make sure you use a swaddling cloth is large enough to be secured snugly enough around your baby and is comfortable and secure. Regular baby blankets won’t work as swaddling blankets as they are too thick to fold correctly and will be very uncomfortable and may overheat for your little one.
Swaddling Tip: make sure not to cover your baby’s face during swaddling or to swaddle them too tightly.
Benefits of Swaddling
Most babies love being swaddled, especially newborns. While in the womb, babies don’t have a lot of room to move around and they get used to the feeling of close surroundings. Swaddling mimics this feeling of snugness and can comfort your baby after birth and help soothe them to sleep. Muslin swaddling cloths are great because they are 100% cotton, fully breathable and won’t overheat your baby.
When my son was born he cried almost constantly and after six weeks I was a nervous wreck. A friend showed me how to swaddle him and within seconds of being swaddled he calmed down and stopped crying. I couldn’t believe it, it was like a miracle. after that, I swaddled him every night until he was just over six months. When he started fussing after being swaddled I knew it was time to stop swaddling. Needless to say, I am a big fan of swaddling.
Swaddling your baby during breastfeeding can make feeding easier as there are no wriggling arms and legs to control. Muslin swaddle sheets also make great breastfeeding covers if you have to feed baby while out and about. More convenient uses for your muslin cloths include DIY baby bibs, nappies and changing mats.
Muslin squares and muslin blankets have so many uses. Use them as baby sheets for prams, in moses baskets or as baby cot covers, clip a muslin square to your buggy hood or baby carrier as a quick and easy sun screen cover. Baby muslins make great DIY changing mats, wrap around dribble bibs and comfortable floor covers when your baby is playing in public.
Baby muslins are easily hand or machine washed and dry in super quick time, so you won’t need a large supply. Honestly, muslin cloths are one of the best new baby gifts you can give.
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