Originally Posted by OtherMother'n'Madre
Swadlling was started 400-500 years ago. It was not used to calm babies or keep them warm. It was originally started to make sure their arms and legs grew totally straight, because that was prettier.
I didn't know that!
Originally Posted by lyttlewon
If you are going outside and it is -7 I don't think anyone would object to a hat. Indoors in a warm room it doesn't make sense to wear a hat.
Right! I think a lot of the people here aghast that someone wouldn't put a hat on the baby's head are thinking the OP was talking about *never* putting a hat on the head, even if it is very cold. They're probably not aware of the ongoing debate (welcome to MDC and the UC forum
) about the common practice of putting a hat on the head directly after birth in a warm room or when baby is covered and next to mama
and keeping it on continually no matter what the temperature of the environment. There are reasons to question that
, and that is what most of us have been addressing on this thread.
Perhaps anudi could clarify this in the OP so that we don't keep getting the same "of course you put a hat on the baby's head" posts from people who haven't bothered to read the thread before posting.