Tuesday, February 10, 2009

We Love the Woombie

What is a woombie you may ask? It is the new face of the swaddling blanket movement. It's a lightweight, stretchy cocoon that zips up over your baby to make them feel "hugged" and "snuggled" while they sleep. It keeps Abby's hands from hitting herself in the face and startling herself awake while she sleeps. My favorite part is that unlike blankets- this keeps Abby warm and cozy without the risk of suffocation. Abby loves it and makes quite the cute glow worm in it if I may so myself.
(Abby napping peacefully)

(Abby awake and content after naptime)

Why should babies be swaddled?
Much research has been done on the method of swaddling babies in recent years- ALL sleep experts highly recommend it. Here are just a few reasons.
  • Swaddling can be a great way to soothe and calm a fussy baby. It is thought that being tightly enwrapped gives a feeling of security.
  • The newborn cannot regulate his temperature as well as an adult, so swaddling keeps his body warm.
  • Swaddling often helps a young baby sleep longer because it prevents the sudden movements (sleep reflex) that can cause her to wake up.
  • Swaddling can help a baby focus on breastfeeding, helping to keep his arms and legs out of the way.
  • Swaddling prevents a newborn baby, who can’t quite control his movements yet, from scratching himself with his nails.
  • Swaddling reduces your risk of SIDS- it helps babies to sleep on their back more comfortably.
  • Swaddling assists baby's transition from the womb.

2 comments:

Heather said...

Oh, how I wish I'd have known about the woombie with Mattie Leigh!

Jamie Ainsworth said...

I love reading all about the good finds you have for Abby! Every time I see a new post, I'm like, "I want one!" Thanks for the suggestions you may not have realized you're giving!

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