Wrapping up a baby towel is an age-old method that is still popular today. This can help soothe and calm your baby. While it will be a bit cumbersome the first time around, it’s well worth a try as it offers so many benefits. Let’s find out whether to wrap babies when sleeping in the next lesson!
Benefits for the baby
- Wrapping an infant towel can help reduce startles or Moro reflexes. This is the original reflex that the baby cannot control. Newborn babies are easily startled to wake up and wrap the baby with a towel to reduce this situation.
- Keep your baby warm.
- Avoid scratching her face and eyes.
- Help reduce the frequency of waking up when your baby is sleeping on his back.
- Wrapping the newborn will help the baby sleep on his back, reducing the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
- Wrapping a towel also helps soothe and reassure your baby. Babies are used to the pressure and friction of the uterus. Wrapping a towel will make the baby feel safe as if in the womb.
- Wrapping a towel will help your baby sleep better and longer, reducing the number of times he awakens and the time he cries.
Benefits for parents
- Wrapping the towel neatly will make it easier to hold your baby.
- It is also easier and reassuring to transfer babies from one person to another. Also helps to keep the baby upright, especially when the newborn baby has no neck control.
- You will feel secure that your baby is not cold.
- Wrapping a towel also makes it easier to hold the baby when breastfeeding.
- When the baby sleeps well, parents will also be assured.
What material should be used to wrap the baby
Use 100% cotton fabrics. Light cotton or muslin fabrics are the best option without being too expensive. You can either buy ready-to-wear or make your own. Baby towels should be square rather than rectangular to not limit the area used.
You can buy towels designed like an envelope that are very handy and sturdy.
Don’t try thick fabrics or blankets to wrap your baby. These fabrics are too thick to heat the baby and risk covering the baby’s face.
During the neonatal period, you may need to use several such towels each day for a variety of purposes such as shields while nursing. Many babies also like to hug a towel when sleeping, although a scarf is not necessarily safe.
How to wrap your baby
Here are some of the many ways to wrap your baby to sleep:
- Spread the linen on top of a table or bed so it is square.
- Place your baby on his back on the top of the sheet.
- Make sure baby’s arms are on both sides of the body and comfortable. No need to push the baby straight. Remember, the arm will help your baby feel safe, so don’t be too rigid.
- Arrange one corner of the towel down, over the baby’s shoulder and stomach. Slide this corner under your baby’s bottom to hold it tight. There is no need to stretch the sheet but try to keep it tight and comfortable enough for your baby.
- On the opposite side do the same and then insert the corner under the other towel.
- Cover the bottom of the sheet up to the baby’s shoulders, folding backwards.
Important point for wrapping towels
Make sure not to cover the baby’s head or face. Do not put the sheet over the baby’s neck.
Not all babies like to wrap towels. See if your baby is comfortable. The connection between you and your child is always more important than trying to handle the situation according to a certain direction.
Avoid using multiple towels at once as your baby can get hot. Your baby may just wear a diaper and wrap a towel or one more outfit is enough.
Avoid wrapping your baby too tightly. Your baby still needs enough space to breathe and move in the towel.
If your baby likes to let their hands free, don’t force him to lie in a towel. Babies must learn to reassure themselves and regulate their emotions. Many babies like to let their hands free to suck their hands, for example.
Make sure the baby’s feet are still moving freely, and the baby’s hips can also move. If wrapped in a straight leg pressure position, the baby is more likely to have hip underdevelopment.
Never wrap baby in tummy position. This is dangerous and increases the risk of sudden infant mortality syndrome.
Just wrap a towel when your baby sleeps. And when the baby is awake let him be free.
Make sure that after wrapping the baby and placing it in the crib, the baby should be in the supine position.
When do we stop wrapping towels?
There is no specific time when to stop wrapping baby towels. Each baby develops differently and will learn to rotate naturally. Some experts believe that parents should stop wrapping the baby towel for 2 months onwards, but some also think that it is 6 months.
Wrapping the whole body is only suitable for babies 0-3 months old. From 3-6 months old, the baby just likes to wrap from the waist down. Wrapping a towel is an effective way to keep your baby still on his back and it helps to encourage more practice in lying on his back. At 3-4 months of age, although the baby has turned over, the towel is still useful when keeping the supine position while sleeping.
Wrapping a towel to help your baby sleep well is very common. Babies may mess around with a towel and only stop until it is re-wrapped or you should buy a bigger towel already.