Coming into the big wide world from the cosy protection of the womb can be scary and a little overwhelming for your little one. By swaddling them you are taking them back to the same feeling as their days in the womb, when everything was comfortable, safe and snug. As a result, swaddling is one of the most gentle, effective and beneficial practises for parents and their children.
As well as recreating the feeling of the womb, swaddling babies also helps prevent spontaneous movements called the startle reflex from waking them, which allows for a much more peaceful night’s sleep. Swaddling helps aid sleep by mimicking touch, which we know is important for your little one, especially when they wake up at night. As a result, swaddling has been said to make babies experience less anxiety letting them sleep longer. Which is good news to parents - when babies sleep more, mum and dad can sleep more too!
Famed American paediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp touts the magical qualities of swaddling, among them is soothing crying babies and therefore lulling them back to sleep. He explains that swaddling triggers a “relaxation” mechanism in infants that helps soothe them.
Swaddling has been used to soothe and calm babies around the world for centuries, some evidence dates back as far as 4000 B.C. Born and raised in Australia, Raegen Moya-Jones, aden + anais founder, grew up with her native lands centuries-old practice of swaddling babies in cotton muslin blankets. For countless generations, aussie parents have comforted and secured their children in the soft breathable fabric. Raegen formed aden + anais to show the world the benefit of muslin swaddling and give parents the comforting assurance of muslin.
Aden + anais make all their swaddles from muslin. They believe for it’s breathability, softness and durability it is the best and safest material to wrap your little one in. The many benefits on muslin swaddles give you complete assurance that you are doing the best thing for your baby’s comfort.
How to swaddle
So we now know the benefits of swaddling with with aden + anais, but how do you do it?
The beauty of swaddling is in its simplicity. If you have muslin and two loving hands, you can’t go wrong. It’s just about finding a technique and establishing a routine that both you and your little one are most comfortable with.