Swaddling issues for babies have caused daycare centers in several states to ban this process.
As you can see above, baby and Daddy are sharing a moment in the NICU just moments after his birth! My grandson is swaddled and content to begin his new life!
I was really surprised to hear the statement that swaddling issues for babies has caused specific issues since swaddling has been a recognized soothing technique for babies for years.
However, recently, daycare facilities in Minnesota and Texas have banned swaddling in their facilities. Also, facilities in Pennsylvania and California have been discouraging the swaddling process to all daycare facilities within those states.
As you can see in this picture, this baby
is "All Wrapped Up!" and ready for a restful and relaxed sleep in this fabric
So, what’s prompted this recent ban on swaddling?
The swaddling issues for babies was generated in 2011, by a study of the National Resource Center on Child and Health Safety (NRC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) concluded that swaddling can increase the risks of “serious health outcomes” and concluded that “swaddling is not necessary or recommended” in any childcare setting.
The AAP named several specific swaddling issues or related concerns for babies in their report which included:
Nurses in the NICU re-emphasized how to correctly swaddle your baby and grandbaby.
A statistic I recently read was that 85% of new Mom's swaddle their babies. That statistic doesn't surprise me when this process is usually emphasized in baby classes and grandparenting classes.
Most new parents and grandparents realize immediately that all babies sleep better and stay calmer when they are swaddled. Fussy babies seem to always calm down when swaddled before being placed in bed.
I suggest that you watch the video below on the proper way to swaddle your baby or grandbaby.
You will want to make sure that you can provide the best swaddle wrap!
Harvey Karp, author of The Happiest Baby on the Block recommends the following key points in order to have an accurate swaddle. He also suggests that you push your local day care to teach the proper technique. "If they can be trained to do CPR, is it any harder to be trained to swaddle a baby correctly? Karp asks.
Do the process correctly by following these key points:
More points to consider that were discussed during the NICU training include:
Remember as a new parent or grandparent, if the swaddle is correctly placed on the baby, then you will find that your baby is very happy and will rest more comfortably!