I wanted to write about something I recently came across and am kinda wishing I had a little newborn of my own to try it out on…But I don’t so I will rely on readers to let me know about this and if they have tried it…feedback…comments etc. I personally recommend swaddling up to the age of 3-4 months. Miracle Blankets were my personal lifesaver and to this day I recommend them to all new moms. However, this Nested Bean dealio has piqued my interest.
Here is some info from their site (which by the way, is totally well done- kudos to your web designers and marketing team!)
The Zen Swaddle™, provides babies with the comfort and security they feel in your arms. With so many new sights and sounds outside the womb, it’s not uncommon for babies to be agitated, making sleep nearly impossible. By combining the time-honored principles of swaddling with the scientifically proven benefits of simulated maternal touch, the Zen Swaddle™ helps soothe and nurture infants.
ABOUT THE ZEN SWADDLE™
The Zen Swaddle™ is the only swaddle to mimic your touch. Its lightly weighted parts apply gentle pressure on your baby’s sides and center to provide the comfort and security of being held. Touch or simulated touch is medically proven to calm babies by triggering a self soothing response thus improving their ability to regulate stress. Therefore, the Zen Swaddle™ combines the benefits of swaddling and touch to provide a time-tested and truly safe, secure environment for your baby. Learn more about the well documented principles pertaining to infant sleep, the power of touch and the benefits of swaddling to help understand how the Zen Swaddle™ applies these principles to create the perfect transition for your baby from the Womb into the World.
We all know that a pat on the back, a peck on the cheek or a reassuring hug can make us feel special, even less anxious. But doctors and researchers are uncovering information that answers more and more questions as to why it is so. Experts say that tactile sensation can help premature babies gain weight, accelerate recovery from illness and even help with regulating our response to stressful situations. Furthermore, new research suggests that touch doesn’t necessarily discriminate between people and objects. Read on to learn more about the important role touch plays in early development even before birth and later as a newborn begins learning about his or her new environment.
TOUCH IN EARLY DEVELOPMENT
The first time you saw your baby was probably on a sonogram. Those first precious pictures show your child’s development from bean to baby. But even at the earliest stages—before fingers formed and ears developed—your baby already had his largest sensory organ: his skin. Even in utero, his skin provided him with information about his environment.
Once born, your baby learns about emotions and caring by the way in which you touch and hold them. In response, he or she visibly relaxes. Later, your baby will begin to learn about his or her surroundings through touch. Weights, textures and temperatures will become familiar to him or her and become associated with different objects. Hence, touch is very important in your baby’s early socio-emotional development.
YOUR TOUCH AS STRESS REGULATOR
Adapting to life outside the womb—where everything was cozy and calm—can be overwhelming. Newborns are constantly being introduced to new sights, sounds and tastes. It’s no wonder they feel most secure in your presence or when lying snug in your arms. In fact, medical research has proven that your loving touch has both immediate and long-lasting benefits for your baby. Snuggles, kisses, massages and cradling provide stabilized heart rates, reduced blood pressure and lower cortisol levels. Even without knowing the physiological underpinnings, you’ve no doubt witnessed a happier, calmer baby when the two of you interact in these ways. Even routine activities during the early months of their lives equip your baby to better handle mild stressors that may occur later like bath time.
I think I need to grab one of these and pass it on to a newborn client to try. My only fear would be that the baby becomes dependant on the weight or the simulated touch and may not be able to transition out of the swaddle to something more suitable like a Sleep Sac. Hmmmm….I must investigate more.
I do love seeing new products out there and since there is so much “swaddle” talk these days, I thought I would add this to the mix for discussion! Feel free to drop me an email if you have tried this or know someone who has and provide feedback.