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Babies need blankets...not swaddling

Posted by Karen Faulkner on
baby sleep, online sleep program, Nurture Sleep Program
Is swaddling a baby the best thing for sleep? I'm starting to question this a lot. In light of the benefits of sheets and blankets this has really got me thinking. Sixteen years ago I left the UK and arrived in Australia. I've spent the past 28 years working as a midwife helping parents with all things baby and baby sleep. One of my first ever blogs 6 years ago was about swaddling.

The idea behind deep-pressure touch is that it stimulates the release of serotonin and dopamine, two neurotransmitters that tend to make people feel more relaxed. Some research suggests that slow and gentle touch can stimulate portions of the limbic system, the brain's network for processing emotion and fear. Many people with sensory-processing disorders are hypersensitive to touch, May-Benson said, and deep pressure can help desensitize and calm them.

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