Over the last decade, swaddling has become de rigueur–there are swaddling classes and DVDs and a million swaddling products to pick from. Parents are basically taught that this is a requirement for caring for a baby.
Lately–possibly due to some confusing headlines in the news– we have been getting questions about whether swaddling is really such a good idea.
Here’s the simple answer to all of this: You don’t have to swaddle a baby. Maybe the baby will like it at first–it’s nice to be bundled up and kept cozy, so do it. (Follow simple swaddling instructions here.) But it doesn’t make sense to stop him from exploring and touching things. Soon he’ll get sick of the swaddling and kick off the blanket and that’s just fine.