i wish i had done this with all my children but only my last 3 got to have this done to them. i relize that most people swaddle their babies at birth but i stated to do it up until 18 months. it makes family bed MUCH easier because they can't move. when babies are in that 6-10 months stage, they sit up and and crawl involuntarily. it hard to get them to settle sometimes with the many distractions life sents to babies. what i do is get a 6 ft piece of 100%cotton lightweight material and lay it down on the bed. then i lay the baby at one end and roll 'em up like a hot dog with their hands to their sides. then they don't have to struggle with themselves and i don't have to worry about them rolling of the bed. they will also go to sleep anywhere, anytime. i saw this done by the women in guana and this how they deal with the no crib thing. i love it. like i said, i wish i had done this with all my other children because at some point ,i always had a child in a crib for the very reasons that i solved by using the swaddle. i have also on occasion used it when i was in meetings where the child had to sit still. it is a very gentle form of training for little one.
Every time I'm around friends with new babies, I teach them this method. It helps babies sleep longer and more comfortable. Sometimes babies startle themselves and since they can't control the movement of their arms and legs, it scares them and they cry (this is totally MY theory from experience).
I agree, it's the best thing ever. I swaddled my DD until she was almost 2.
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He sleeps so well swaddled. I'll keep doing it! Ah, that old inner voice. It's such a goodie! Thank you for giving it confidence!
with nice sweet Jude born 11/28/02 on his father's birthday!