ErgoPouch Swaddle 

By Baby Village on 15 November 2018

Why swaddle a newborn?
In the early days after birth, a newborn will experience startle reflex that can often wake or unsettle them so using a swaddle can contain this sudden movement. Swaddling soothes and settles them to sleep by providing a feeling of containment, similar to their experience in the confined space of a womb. It also has the following benefits:

  • Keeping baby’s body warm in the early stages when their ability to regulate body temperature is still developing.
  • A hug! A baby would love to spend the whole night bundled up in their parents’ warm arms so swaddles help create that sensation of being hugged.
  • Can help a baby focus on breastfeeding by keeping their arms and legs out of the way.
  • Prevents baby from scratching themselves with their nails.
  • Swaddling = a longer sleep for everyone!
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How do I swaddle safely?
  • The neck must be fitted to avoid a baby’s head slipping down into the swaddle.
  • Swaddles should allow for full chest expansion as those little ribs are still very soft and bendy so an overly enthusiastic wrap has the potential to be too firm across the chest.
  • The hips + legs need to be able to flop outwards while the baby sleeps. Tight swaddling across the hips that hold the legs together is thought to contribute and increase developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH).
  • Babies don’t regulate their body heat very well and rely on their coverings to keep them warm but not hot. Do not overdress a baby underneath their swaddle and never cover their head at sleep time (e.g. with a hat or beanie). Avoid using blankets as they are bulky and have the potential to overheat a baby.
  • Swaddling needs to be secure, without any chance of fabric draping over the baby’s face.
When should you stop swaddling?

When a baby begins to roll onto their tummy, this is the time to stop swaddling them. We recommend releasing only one arm out first, this will give a baby time to become used to this new way of sleeping. Naturally, they will have a few disturbed sleeps however this is normal when transitioning a baby through anything new so try one arm out for a week or two, followed by the other arm. 

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Why an ergoPouch Cocoon Swaddle Bag?
As a new parent, learning to swaddle using a traditional wrap can be daunting and babies often wriggle free. This is where our Cocoon Swaddle Bag comes to save the day! We recommend it for newborns because of the:
  • 2 IN 1 System – converts from a swaddle to baby’s first sleeping bag by opening the poppers in the arms once baby is able to roll onto their tummy.
  • TOG rating – available in different warmth ratings (0.2, 1.0 and 2.5 TOG) making it simple to know which one to choose to avoid overheating. With a TOG rated swaddle, you don’t need any additional blankets.
  • 2 way zipper – getting a baby in an out of this swaddle is so easy and nappy changes are a breeze. It's also Houdini proof, this one is difficult to wiggle out from reducing any chance of fabric over their face.
  • Organic Cotton – using a natural fibre is so skin friendly as it promotes breathability, prevents those sweaty feels and creates longer sleeps (hooray!).
  • Jersey Fabric – A type of breathable, lightweight and low maintenance fabric where cotton is knitted in a way to allow for stretch in all directions plus keeping the wearer comfortably warm.
  • Super Stretch – blending with 5% elastane in addition to the jersey fabric means we can allow for full chest expansion and achieve a very comfortable swaddle for a baby to sleep in.
  • Friendly for Hips – this swaddle is officially hip friendly as the design has a bell shaped bottom allowing the hips + legs to flop outwards during sleep.
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Which ergoPouch Cocoon Swaddle Bag do I choose?
As we move into Spring and Summer, we suggest:
  • For room temperatures between 21-24°C use a 1.0 TOG Swaddle.
  • For room temperatures 24°C and above, choose a lightweight 0.2 TOG Swaddle.

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