I read an article recently by Melinda Wenner Moyer entitled, “No, Swaddling will not Kill your Baby.” After reading the article I started thinking back to the time when I swaddled my oldest. He was not a difficult baby at all but did like to be held close. I saw, nor do I see now, any ill effects from swaddling him. I swaddled my youngest as well and no ill effects there either.
I totally understand the increasing need to try and find a cause for, and prevent, SID’s and other baby related deaths but the need for scientific evidence that swaddling is dangerous to a baby’s health is really needed in order for parents to take it seriously. Of course, Swaddling is still recommended by many pediatric groups so the doubt is there that it does harm children instead of helping them.
If I had another child I would continue to swaddle because in my opinion there just are not enough scientific facts there to stop me from doing so. The issues of child abuse and postpartum depression that have been raised as a result of being unable to swaddle your baby to calm them are very real concerns and need to be addressed. I will continue to swaddle; how about you?