No doubt when you were researching the products you’d need for your baby, a friend, family member or nurse suggested you register for a blanket or some sort of swaddling product. Through experience, they learned what centuries of mothers before them have known: Swaddling works to help babies drift off and stay asleep. Eastern cultures have embraced swaddling for generations, but it was only adopted as common practice in the U.S. in the ‘90s when researchers proved its benefits.
What these researchers found is quite simple. For the first 4 or 5 months of your baby’s life, he or she may experience the Moro or startle reflex in which their arms or legs might jerk in response to a falling sensation. This is normal but it can cause your baby to awaken, especially if they are in a light sleep phase.
This is where swaddling helps. Research has proven that by restricting motor activity and mimicking the security of a mother’s womb, swaddling comforts babies. This results in less crying, more stable heart rates and the ability to sleep through the startle reflex.