Perhaps that's why some newborns have bouts of fussiness during the first few months of life. It can be a test of patience for bleary-eyed parents, exhausted and overwhelmed by the 24/7 care required for their new little life.
Fortunately, there are some things that seem to help calm newborns - especially things that mimic the comfort of the womb - like swaddling.
We swaddled our Little Beauty from day one...and it did seem to help her to sleep longer and less fitfully. She was our "little burrito."
There are many ways that you can swaddle. You can use good, old-fashioned receiving blankets (see video demonstration here). Or you can buy a blanket specifically designed for swaddling to make the process a little bit easier (easier is good when it's 2 a.m. and you can barely see straight).
Katerina Trani - a clinical social worker, mother of three, and one of the inventors of The Loving Baby Swaddle Blanket - had this to say about the Loving Baby Swaddle Blanket, "it is a blanket with over 3 years in research and design. We have incorporated several safety design issue within the construction of the blanket to address GERD, hip dysplasia, suffocation, chest and stomach restrictions, shoulder and arm placement, and neck support to name a few. It is simple to use, comfortable, cute, and does not come undone."
The Loving Baby website also gives some tips about why to swaddle and how to swaddle.
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