Why swaddling makes so much sense by childbirth expert, Jackie Heffer-Cooke

Find out more about why swaddling is advised by The Orange Grove Clinics’ childbirth expert, and Norwich Mum of 2, Jackie Heffer-Cooke.  She reveals why she thinks that swaddling make so much sense, especially to help calm a fretful little one.  If you’re looking for a swaddling blanket for your little one, check out our recommended Grobag ones here in our shop.

Why swaddling makes sense to me…

First time around, when I was learning the job of mum (ok, so still doing that), I somehow felt that swaddling was ‘cruel’. “Poor little thing needs to be free, to kick about!”  Second time around, having learnt so much, I felt completely differently.

why swaddling makes sense with Jackie Heffer CookeYour little bundle is tightly wrapped up in side you for months; comfortable, safe and warm.  Then they land in to the world.  Bump. Imagine everything you see, smell, hear is for the first time.  It would be a place of worry as well as delight.  When babies get overtired they get fretful, and when they get fretful and start waving around their arms and legs they don’t actually know it’s their own arms and legs waving around in front of them.  It could be any old thing waving in front of their face at a hundred miles an hour.  Argghhh!

Poor things.  Tuck them up, make them feel like they’re still in a lovely safe place in the warmth of the womb, and swaddle. That’s why I advise my Mums to consider swaddling.

At the OGC, we stock the Gro-Swaddle in our on-line shop.  Easy, no fuss, lovely material and just the right weight to keep them warm, but not too warm. Perfect.  Am I too old for one……?

Jackie Heffer-Cooke teaches HypnoBirthingYogaBubs: Baby Yoga and MassageYogaBumps: Pregnancy Yoga, specialises in Pregnancy Massage and is the author of the blog,The Inconsistent Earth Mother.

To find out about any of Jackies’ classes or courses, you can click on the links above or contact Reception at The Orange Grove Clinic on 01603 631 900, email reception@theorangegroveclinic.co.uk or go to our contact page.