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Swaddling for preemie

Updated: Nov 14, 2022



Introduction

Babies are designed to sleep. It's how they were made and it's what they prefer. But sometimes, you need just a little help to get there. Here are my favorite tips for getting your baby to sleep soundly:



Swaddle

So, you’ve got a preemie or a newborn in your arms and you want to swaddle them. We've got you covered!

  • Swaddling is one of the best ways of calming your baby down. A tight swaddle will keep them warm and secure, which is exactly what they need right now. It also helps prevent flailing limbs that can hurt themselves or anyone nearby.

  • To Swaddle a preemie: First place your baby in the opened swaddle Second, zip the bottom half of the swaddle Third, make sure the babys arms are in the swaddle before closing th left and right sides of the swaddle. Thats it. Youre finished. If you need a tighter or looser fit just adjust the buckle straps.

If that doesn't work for whatever reason (*cough cough*, because I'm telling everyone about it), try this next method instead: lay down on top of our little bundle with all four limbs touching theirs; once we're comfortably situated between *their* legs then use both hands together to gently lift them up towards us vertically until there's enough room for me beneath them where I can still see everything else happening around me visually but not actually physically--this might sound strange but trust me when I say it works wonders when trying to calm down any fussy babies who aren't feeling well."

Dress your baby



It is important to dress your baby in the following ways:

  • Keep the baby warm but not too warm.

  • Keep the baby comfortable.

  • Make sure that if he or she has a diaper on, it’s dry and clean, as needed.

  • Make sure that his/her head does not get overheated by wearing hats (if necessary).

Make sure that the baby is in good health. Check his temperature, listen to his breathing and make sure he doesn’t have any coughs or other illnesses. Keep him away from people who are sick, because he may catch whatever illness they have.

Wear your baby

Wearing your baby is a great way to get them to sleep. Babies who have been born prematurely have not yet developed the ability to self-soothe, so they need lots of reassurance and security when they are awake.

Wearing your baby can also be a fantastic bonding experience for you and your baby. Your newborn will feel safe and secure being held close against your chest, just like he or she did in the womb. This helps with colic, reflux and other problems that some preemies may experience during their early days outside of the womb (like jaundice).

Wearing your baby is a great way to get them to sleep. Babies who have been born prematurely have not yet developed the ability to self-soothe, so they need lots of reassurance and security when they are awake. Wearing your baby can also be a fantastic bonding experience for you and your baby. Your newborn will feel safe and secure being held close against your chest, just like he or she did in the womb.

Get them moving

So, how can you make sure your preemie is getting the stimulation he needs?

  • Swaddle him. This will help keep him


comfortable and prevent any sudden movements from waking him up. It's also a great way for your little one to feel secure and warm in his crib.

  • Talk to him! The sound of your voice will provide some much-needed comfort for baby as he drifts off into slumberland.

  • Play frequency music while you're in the room with him—he'll enjoy these sounds while they're helping him get sleepy, and they'll also block out any noise that might bother or wake him up later on when it's time to sleep again (like an older sibling who doesn't know what time bedtime means).

Feed on demand

When you're breastfeeding, it's important to feed your baby on demand. This means that if your baby wants to eat, you should offer him or her the breast immediately. If he doesn't want to eat for more than a few hours, offer the breast again within a half hour or so. If he still does not want to nurse after this, try some other ways of helping him feel better (like putting him in his swing).

If your preemie is older than 4 days old, try offering formula instead of breast milk during regular feedings and at night time only if they continue to wake up hungry during the night time hours (meaning within 3 hours after the last meal). The goal with formula feeding is for babies who are gaining weight appropriately and who are sleeping through the night without waking up too often because they're hungry.

Raise the head of their crib or bassinet

Raise the head of their crib or bassinet.

  • Raise the head of their crib by placing a pillow under it. You can also place a wedge pillow under your baby's head, and this will help them stay in a more natural position with their arms and legs out to the side.

  • Lift the mattress off the floor. If you have a bassinet, lift it up to raise the head higher than usual.

Put a pillow under your baby's feet. This will help them feel more secure and less likely to move around. Babies tend to like having their feet elevated, so this is a good way to keep them calm while they sleep.

The best baby sleep tips are all about putting your baby as close as possible to natural sleeping patterns.

The best baby sleep tips are all about putting your baby as close as possible to natural sleeping patterns.

Babies and children don't need to go through a ritual of playing for an hour before bed, or spending 20 minutes rocking them to sleep, or reading books until they barely have the strength to keep their eyes open. Babies naturally fall asleep on their own without any fussing, and your aim is just to make sure that happens in a safe place (the crib). There’s no need for distractions or anything else that might delay this process – let nature take its course!

Conclusion

We hope these tips helped you to better understand your baby’s sleep needs and gave you some useful ideas for improving their night-time sleep. We know how hard it can be to get a good night’s rest with a fussy newborn, but the best thing is to keep trying!


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