Very few babies are easy sleepers! In fact, many babies suffer from involuntary reflex movements (‘Startle Reflex’) as well as colic, both of which causes babies to feel unsettled and prevents them from sleeping soundly. Often it is after the first few weeks of a newborn's life that many parents start to encounter sleeping problems. During this stage, babies will start flailing their arms and begin crying much more frequently. Swaddling your baby can work absolute wonders in the first few months after your baby is born. It is a proven technique that parents use to calm and relax their baby as it helps to promote a better and longer lasting sleep. Puckababy's 'The Original' swaddle bag is a highly effective swaddle alternative as it creates a snug cocoon around your baby’s body and effectively mimics the feeling of being inside the womb. It is proven to create a peaceful sleep for your baby, and has the additional benefit of making swaddling safe and simple.
Causes for restlessness
No two babies are the same, and it is often very difficult to figure out why your baby is unhappy. However, as your baby grows it will become easier for you to understand your baby's needs and why she or he gets upset. Below are some common causes for why your baby may feel restless.
Between the ages of four and six weeks, babies often start making involuntary movements. These reflex movements are extremely common in newborns. The most common reflex is the MORO reflex, also called the 'startle reflex', which later transitions into voluntary movements, such as grasping. At this age, babies are not yet able to control their movements and so they often startle themselves awake.
Colic is defined as episodes of crying for more than three hours a day for more than three days a week over a duration of three weeks in an otherwise healthy baby between the ages of two weeks and four months. Although the cause is generally unknown, many experts suggest that it is due to the baby's immature digestion system. A colicky baby can be very uncomfortable and distressed.
Overstimulation from too much light and noise
A newborn is like a sponge, absorbing everything that he or she hears, sees and feels. As such, it is very difficult for a newborn to process all of this information. However, babies learn to gradually channel this over time. Parents can best avoid overstimultion by sticking to a set routine during the day so that their baby knows exactly what to expect. Structure, routine and predictability are essential for young babies.
Lack of a sense of security
To support your baby’s sleep routine and predictability, it is an excellent strategy to restrict his or her movements. If the amount of space around your baby is reduced, her or she will acquire a sense of security that will make him or her feel safer. After all, babies are used to being inside the uterus with limited room for movement and are therefore much calmer if given the same type of restricted movement after birth. As such, a more confined space prevents the baby from waking up due to flailing arms.
Being too cold or too hot
A baby wants to feel warm and comfortable, just like he/she was when inside of the uterus. Being too cold can cause your baby to be restless. That said, take care not to overdress as there is a risk of overheating. In general though, your baby will need to wear one additional layer of clothing than you in order to feel comfortable.
Safe and simple swaddling with Puckababy
There has been a lot of debate about swaddling, which can be very confusing for parents. In recent research, this age-old technique (wrapping baby up in a blanket with his arms and legs secure) has been identified as a risk factor for developmental hip dysplasia as well as SIDS. More specifically, if you swaddle too tightly, it reduces the necessary movement of your baby's legs which can potentially cause hip dysplasia. If you swaddle too loosely, then there is the risk of it unravelling and wrapping around the babies face which is a risk factor for SIDS. Further, the layers of a swaddle can also create a risk of overheating your baby, which is another risk factor for SIDS.
Puckababy's swaddle bags allow for safe and simple swaddling. Everyone can do it! They are carefully designed by safe-sleep experts and recommended by health professionals and specialists around the world. The shape of the swaddle bag ensures that babies can still make movements that are associated with the startle reflex, which are essential for their development, but not so much that they become restless and wake themselves up.
The innovative features of the Puckababy Original swaddle bags have resulted in a very effective way of swaddling, which will help babies get a better and longer sleep.