Swaddling is an ancestral technique that involves wrapping a newborn in a blanket or swaddle to soothe, reassure and secure it.
The benefits of swaddling
The main advantage of swaddling is to allow the baby to find the same sensations he had when he was in his mother's womb. He is then reassured and appeased.
The wall of the fabric that envelops him reminds him of his mother's belly, which helps him to fall asleep.
In utero, the baby is curled up in a fetal position, arms most often tight against his chest. With each start, the wall of her mother's belly is present.
When he is born, baby discovers the notion of space and emptiness since the reassuring wall is no longer there. It is this sensation that can be distressing for the baby. By swaddling it, startling movements (like the Moro reflex for example) are limited. He feels soothed, reassured, and can therefore have longer sleep phases, in safety.
If swaddling has many benefits, it is nevertheless necessary to respect safety and usage rules. A swaddled baby must be in a physiological position.
We recommend the Tante Reine swaddling bags. See a demonstration video here.