Friday, 21 October 2016

When swaddling?

The world around us is full of commotion, so it’s not easy for the smallest among us to find rest. Swaddling is back in style in the Netherlands and Belgium, partly because of Puckababy’s arrival. The Puckababy is a modern version of the tight swaddling of old, a milder variety. Babies sleep better, drink better and get more rest. Read here when swaddling or the Puckababy is the perfect solution for your baby.

Unlike the tight traditional swaddling, the Puckababy allows the baby to move. The Puckababy fits around the child like a lovely cocoon. Many see Puckababy as swaddling, while the difference with the tight swaddling technique is rather big. Remember that both these things are aids, not exactly solutions. Do you have doubts about whether swaddling is the right answer to the restlessness? Or do you suspect that there might be something medical going on? In this case always contact your (family) doctor or baby specialist.

He was already very restless in my belly, so I had the Puckababy ready for him. It keeps Boris warm now, and that ever-active little man really needs it to sleep for a good long while.

When to choose swaddling?

Swaddling and the Puckababy® offer help if you have a restless baby who cries a lot, has trouble sleeping and wakes up quickly. You can swaddle your child From the time he is born until he’s 6 months old. When he’s around 5.5 months you should start phasing out. The worst of the restlessness will usually have decreased a lot by then, so swaddling may not be necessary anymore. When your child is around 6 months old, he’ll also start rolling over onto his tummy. Does your baby start rolling over earlier? Start phasing out sooner. Phasing out is easier with the Puckababy than with traditional swaddling, because of the extra space within and the handy zippers at the sleeves. The Mini is rather spacious, so the transition towards sleeping without swaddling is not as big.

Swaddling brings rest

The restlessness of babies is often caused by the many impressions they have to process while they’re sleeping. When they have trouble processing these impressions, this is expressed in uncontrolled shock movements, also referred to as Moro reflexes. The biggest problem are the flailing arms, with which the baby hits himself awake! The child will wake up much too early, and he won’t be properly rested. Which will makes new impressions even harder to process. It won’t be long before a vicious cycle of crying and too little sleep, with sleep and hunger signals becoming more and more unclear. The Puckababy swaddling sleeping bags keep the arms loose on the inside. Flailing arms will not be able to wake the baby up too early anymore. The warm cocoon will also feel familiar to the baby; it will feel like all of those months in mom’s belly. That feeling of safety and warmth comforts the child. It will help the baby fall asleep sooner, and stay asleep for longer. When he wakes up, he’ll be properly rested.

When she’s awake, she treats me to a big smile. Getting her out of the Puckababy in those moments always feels a little bit like unwrapping a present.

Looser swaddling

Swaddling in the traditional, tight way can certainly help in cases of extreme restlessness. But for most children it isn’t necessary. Though it might become necessary if you wait too long with offering your child that restriction. In that case the restlessness will be so great, that only the tight form of swaddling will help. If you start in time, with a mild version like the Puckababy, you will help your baby find peace again sooner, and prevent very difficult times, for everyone…

Parents are quicker to give Puckababy a chance than the tight swaddling. The step to Puckababy is not such a big one. It looks sweet and beautiful, the baby still has freedom to move and the transition towards regular sleeping is easier. Making the parent really feel that they are doing right by their child is important. This alone will have an amazing effect on the baby!

Doctors that have to discourage the tight swaddling, often do recommend the swaddling sleeping bag by Puckababy®. This is the case with, for example, possible hip probems after a breech birth or babies with eczema. These children can be just as restless with other babies, and they would benefit from restriction in order to sleep well. Puckababy is advised then; again because it is not too tight, it doesn’t obstruct the growth anywhere and it has a good air and warmth regulation.

The Puckababy comes in two sizes:
PIEP for a newborn, children 0 – 3 months.
MINI is the successor, suitable for 3 – 6 months.

Puckababy, we swear by it, and should have started using it much earlier. It would have saved us a lot of worries.