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Eight Practical Newborn Tips for New Parents: Tip 1

February 9, 2020

SWADDLE, SWADDLE, SWADDLE

My first tip for you is don’t stop swaddling when you leave the hospital. There’s a reason that the nurses and midwives swaddle babies in the hospital. From birth to about four to five months, babies have a natural startle reflex that makes them feel like they are falling. This feeling can make the baby jerk suddenly and if they are sleeping, it will often wake them up. Keeping a tight swaddle makes newborns feel safe and secure, prevents them from startling themselves awake and helps them sleep more deeply and for longer.

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