Parents naturally want the best for their children. The thing is, there is no one size fits all scenario. Take swaddling. Some parents are terrified by the concept while others swear by it. So let's simply jump into a bit of history and present some current ideas so you can decide for yourself and your little love.
What is swaddling? Is it something I should be doing with my baby?
Every family and their circumstances are their own. So we're not here to decide for others. We're here to provide information, have conversations and answer questions. In this case, we will just explain what swaddling is and why some people believe it is beneficial.
Wrapping Your Baby
The simplest way to describe swaddling is to say that it is wrapping your baby up in such a way as to restrict movement of the limbs. It is actually not a new practice; it goes back centuries. In ancient times, parents would use strips of cloth wrapped around the baby's body to swaddle.
Swaddling generally fell out of favor in the West during the 1800s. Here in the U.S., it is starting to see a resurgence among parents of the millennial and Gen Z demographics. And of course, hospitals routinely swaddle newborns simply because those first few hours outside the womb can be terribly difficult.
Swaddling Mimics the Womb
The thinking on swaddling is pretty basic. Inside the womb, a baby is very much restricted. There isn't a whole lot of room for movement. But inside the womb, it is also warm and comfortable. It can be quite a shock to a baby's system to experience a completely different environment outside the womb. Swaddling is intended to add a measure of comfort to that experience.
Why Some People Swaddle
As to why some parents swaddle their newborns, reasons vary. At the top of the list is the belief that swaddling and having your baby sleep on its back reduces the likelihood of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). We aren't saying there's a factual basis for this. We are simply passing on what many people believe.
Parents also swaddle their infants in order to:
- comfort them
- improve their sleep
- reduce crying.
The best advice we could give anyone about swaddling is to ask your pediatrician about it. If you think swaddling would benefit your baby, your pediatrician can help you understand all the implications.
Blankets and Swaddling Sacks
Many people who choose to swaddle simply use a blanket. That's certainly one way to go. Another option is a swaddling sack. This is an item that your baby wears just like a onesie or pajamas. They stay safe and warm inside the sack but isn't at risk of getting tangled up in the excess material that would otherwise be there with a blanket.
The CozeeCoo is more a swaddle sack than a blanket. Some people would even call it a sleep sack or wearable blanket. However, our design is little bit different from a traditional sleep sack. Right off the bat, our product does not envelop your baby's legs. Their legs and hips can freely move without issue.
CozeeCoo doesn't fully envelop the baby's chest either. It is meant to be worn over other clothing (like a onesie) but in the absence of something else, the open nature of our garment still allows for skin-to-skin contact. This is also great for those hot summer days.
Perhaps the biggest difference with the CozeeCoo is how the baby's hands, arms and elbows are able to reach out and up to the chest, which allows for muscle development and repositioning while sleeping.
Irrespective of whether you would consider our product a swaddle sack or not, we've designed something a little different from our centuries-old swaddling practice. If you are at all curious about it for your baby, talk to your pediatrician. The two of you should decide together what is best for your little one.