Babies love to be swaddled!
By containing motor activity and mimicking the security of a mother’s womb, swaddling comforts babies and results in less crying, more stable heart rates and the ability to sleep through the startle reflex.
In a systematic review of swaddling published in Pediatrics in 2007, authors found “swaddled infants arouse less and sleep longer. Preterm infants have shown improved neuromuscular development, less physiologic distress, better motor organisation, and more self-regulatory ability when they are swaddled… (Swaddling) is supportive in cases of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and infants with neonatal cerebral lesions.” (Swaddling: A Systematic Review van Sleeuwe et al, Pediatrics, Vol. 120 No. 4 October 1, 2007, pp. e1097-1106).