Do you swaddle your baby? Find out why it helps them sleep better in this post sponsored by buybuy BABY.
It’s the question that every parent of an infant knows is coming. Depending on the answer, they either look forward to answering it, their chests pumped out with pride, or they dread it.
“Is he sleeping through the night?”
I don’t know what it is about that simple, polite inquiry that can bring out the parenting insecurities. If he’s not sleeping through the night, does that mean I’m doing something wrong? Is he behind on a milestone? Am I failing as a mother?
Actually, a baby not sleeping through the night doesn’t mean any of that. Every little one is different. Just like adults have varied sleep habits depending on their circumstances, so do babies. With Ayva, I could nurse her to sleep at around 9 PM and she wouldn’t wake up until early the next morning. Jamie likes to nurse at around 2 AM and then again at 4 AM.
Ayva didn’t use a pacifier, but she never really got the hang of self-soothing as a baby. Jamie has to have a pacifier to go to sleep, but can also calm himself down without one during his wake hours.
See? They’re just different.
One of the ways that my children are alike is that Jamie loves to be swaddled just as much as Ayva did. Terrence is the king of swaddling, and likes to use a aden + anais swaddle blanket to wrap our boy up nice and snug. I used to be the best at swaddling with a blanket, but a lot has changed over the last few years. Now I prefer to use a sack or easy swaddle like the aden + anais version with snaps.
No matter what kind of swaddle your little one prefers, buybuy BABY has them (literally) covered. They have blankets, wraps, 2-in-1 swaddles, and a lot more. After spending time browsing the selection, I ended up trying the Zen Swaddle by Nested Bean that is lightly weighted to mimic a mother’s touch.
Even though we know how to swaddle Jamie to make him comfortable, I still like trying out different varieties. If there is the possibility that I can help him sleep even more soundly, then I’m all for it! If your little one is having trouble sleeping, give a swaddle a try. I know that once they’re not itty bitty newborns anymore, it’s easy to get out of the habit, but it really does help. They can’t control their little arms, and the swaddle helps them feel secure and warm. Remember, they did spend 9 months in the womb! Adjusting to the outside world can be tough. A swaddle can help make that transition easier.