Swaddling a child requires a special motherskill, since how it was performed depends both on the health and safety of the baby. In many Western countries, to date, the swaddling of the baby has sunk into oblivion. But in most eastern countries, as well as in countries with a cold climate, this procedure is still as in demand as a few dozen years ago.
Among scientists and medicalthe modern stage of the development of society very often flares up a dispute about whether it is harmful to swaddling a child or useful? To answer this question clearly is not possible, since in this question there are both advantages and disadvantages.
So, swaddling a child can be divided into twobasic types: tight and free. The first species was spread several decades ago. Women who gave birth in the 70 - 80s of the 20 th century believed that tight knitting allows to straighten the legs and hands of babies. But by the end of the twentieth century, this statement was completely refuted, and the arguments presented by the harm of the tight wrapping of the child forced completely to abandon it. Doctors concluded that the tight swaddling of the baby interferes with the breathing of a newly born little man, thereby hampering his development and damaging his health. In addition, the child's stay in an uncomfortable and jammed state restricts him in freedom of movement, which contributes to slow physical growth.
Free swaddling of the child allows himexercise any movement. The child during sleep can easily stretch or bend the legs in the knees, curl up, change the position of the handles, etc. But at the same time he can not, for example, fall from the crib, since his movements are limited by the space inside the diaper. Despite the fact that the free form of wrapping has a mass of pluses, there were also his opponents. They argue that closed space harms the formation of the child's personality, and also disrupts the natural course of development of tactile functions. the baby does not feel any other materials, except the tissue from which the diaper is made.
In favor of free swaddling,following arguments. First, the child is so much better at sleeping, and the dream is very long and without permanent awakenings. Secondly, for 9 months the baby was in the womb, so at the genetic level the child remembers this condition. Swaddling recreates a similar situation, which affects the emotional calmness of the child. That's why, after seeing a doctor, infants are advised to wrap in cloth.
To swaddle your child or not, must decideeach parent for himself. Scientists have not been able to bring scientific evidence of harm to this procedure for babies, but only made their assumptions. Probably, the most acceptable for your child will be if you can combine both swaddling, for example, at the time when the child is asleep, and the free content of his child. During active rest, undress the baby and allow him to make tactile contact with your skin. This will help him develop his tactile functions and quickly get used to the influence of the environment.
Swaddling a child, as advised by children's doctors,preferably up to 6 months inclusive, but at the same time respecting the individual characteristics of the baby. To wrap a child in cloth in most cases does not cause difficulties. But if your child is too active and does not lie still, then try to swaddle the child in a dream. This will help you, first, to prolong the sleep to the child, and secondly, to protect the baby from injuries that he can get because of his cognitive activity. But remember that there is no need to wrap a child after six months, as this will negatively affect its development.