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The Benefits of Swaddling was written by Founder Hindi Zeidman of Ollie World, along with Experts from JPMA and AAP. Photo credit Sarah Reeves
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The award-winning Ollie Swaddle was designed by Hindi Zeidman, an infant mental health clinician, with the guidance from a Pediatric Neuro-Developmental Psychologist. The Ollie Swaddle extends the duration of sleep for all babies (including preemies and high risk), reduces fussiness, and helps baby self-calm. The elasticity allows for freedom of movement while the opening at the bottom makes it easy to change diapers. The Ollie Swaddle helps ensure your baby is content and getting the sleep they need. Ollie Swaddle’s patented moisture-wicking material supports the health and development of your little one from day one. The luxuriously soft and gentle feel keeps your baby tightly swaddled while regulating their temperature to keep them comfortable and cool, which reduces the risk of overheating.  
The Ollie Swaddle is made to grow with your baby through important transitional stages while supporting them as they hit important developmental milestones. Swaddling your baby also assists in reducing spontaneous arousal, maintains the supine position, reduces the risk of SIDS, and improves neuromuscular development in preemies. 

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The Benefits of Swaddling:

  • Swaddled babies have more restful sleep. Swaddling helps your little one feel secure like they did in the womb.

  • Swaddling helps sleeping infants remain on their backs. Since back sleeping is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of SIDS, this is very important. Keep in mind that once babies are able to roll from back-to-front purposefully, it is time to stop swaddling.

  • Swaddling decreases the startle reflex. Since swaddling makes babies feel secure, they are less likely to wake up due to being startled and this means better quality of sleep.

  • REM sleep is important for brain development. Better sleep means more time in REM sleep and a healthier baby.

  • Number four applies to parents, too. When your baby gets more sleep, so do you. When you get more sleep, you’re able to be more effective when you are awake.

  • Swaddling reduces colic and fussiness. A happy, secure baby will be calmer and less prone to unexplained fussiness. This calm can also aid in better digestion.

  • Swaddling prevents over-stimulation. When your little one was in the womb, she was protected from the overwhelming stimulation of lights, sounds, and feelings of the outside world. Since the Ollie Swaddle is designed to mimic the comfort of the womb, it makes your baby feel that same protection of being inside mom.

  • Swaddling helps keep baby warm. Babies’ bodies are not as efficient as our own at regulating temperature. The Ollie Swaddle helps babies stay warm while the patented material wicks away moisture to keep them dry.

  • It can also aid in successful breastfeeding. Not only does a calm baby nurse better, but if you tuck your baby’s hands into the swaddle it will help keep them from pushing away or scratching your breast.

  • The Ollie Swaddle aids in proper hip development. One concern with swaddling is that it can affect the development of your baby’s hips if constraint is put on joints. The Ollie Swaddle’s fabric stretches to allow freedom of movement in joints, while still providing the comfort of a swaddle.

Hindi Zeidman: “There are numerous medical studies that have proven that there are many benefits to swaddling. It’s important for parents to know that babies should always sleep or nap on their tummies both in and out of a swaddle.  The Ollie Swaddle is specifically designed to provide comfort and security with the safety of your little one in mind.” ollie swaddle photo Benefits of Swaddling

The Benefits of Swaddling: Why Your Baby Loves Being Swaddled. Expert Insights:

“In a May 2016 Pediatrics study that questioned the safety of swaddling and implicated swaddling in increased risk of SIDS, there’s a few things you should know. The studies didn’t clearly define “swaddling” or if the methods of swaddling were used correctly in SIDS related incidents. The study didn’t include new research designed to study swaddling in depth and all babies are at risk when put to sleep on their tummies vs. backs. I swaddled all three of my babies. I encouraged my son and daughter-in-law to swaddle my grandbabies. And I advise my patients to do the same. This study doesn’t change any of that for me.”—as featured on JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) and Baby Safety Zone by contributor Dr. Rallie McAllister is a nationally recognized physician known for the nationally syndicated newspaper column, Your Health. Dr. Rallie is the former TV host of “Rallie on Health.” She is also the co-author of “MD Guide to Getting Your Baby to Sleep.”
“The take-home messages are, if the baby is getting old enough where they can roll, they shouldn’t be swaddled and they shouldn’t sleep on their stomachs or sides. When talking with parents about safe swaddling, pediatricians should instruct them to keep blankets loose around the hips and to stop swaddling babies when they reach 2 months of age. With modern swaddling, the theory is that kids have startle reflexes that they don’t have control over. If you can secure their arms, they have the benefits of swaddling without the risk to the hips. The blanket also needs to be loose enough that a hand can fit between the blanket and the baby’s chest so the baby doesn’t have trouble breathing. But the blanket can’t be so loose that it unravels.”— Rachel Y. Moon, M.D., FAAP, lead author of the American Academy of Pediatrics safe sleep guidelines and chair of the Task Force on SIDS.

Learn more about The award-winning Ollie Swaddle and Benefits of Swaddling on Ollie World 

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