Posted on September 12, 2011 at 6:58 AM
Baby swaddling is getting a makeover. Many parents swear by its power to sooth infants. But now there's a growing trend in hospitals to revamp the way they wrap babies up after birth.
"You wanna lay your blanket so you have, like, a triangle," said mother Lauren Davis.
Swaddling is like baby origami with its folds and tucks.
"Pretend you're wrapping a burrito," instructs Davis.
It can help soothe fussy babies and hospital nurses have the technique down pat. But some parents can't get the hang of it.
"You have all these blankets and you're trying to get them folded correctly and it ends up around their face," said Davis.
Loose blankets can pose a suffocation risk if babies wiggle out of a swaddle that's done incorrectly. Now, more than 600 hospitals nationwide have converted to these sleep sacks. They're wearable blankets that put babies in a cocoon-like cuddle, but easily zip up without covering the face.
"It's just an easier way to swaddle." said Bill Schmid, founder of HALO Innovations.
Bill Schmid is the founder of Halo Innovations, the company that makes sleep sacks. He says giving new parents proper visuals of a safe swaddle and crib is important since they're being bombarded with information on how to care for their new baby.
"They may hear something and they don't remember it, but they tend to remember what they see, which is why it's so critically important for hospitals to be modeling what they're preaching." said Schmid.
The nurses at UH Case Medical Center took it a step further. They are ridding their cribs of everything that could possibly pose a suffocation risk.
"Vaseline tubes, diapers, blankets.." said Debbie Smith, nurse at UH Case Medical Center.
Smith says it's all about safe sleeping.
"You want the baby to sleep in an environment that has literally nothing but the baby swaddled in a sleep sack and a bare naked crib." said Smith.
Good advice and easy to remember for new parents wrapped up in their new bundle of joy.
The Halo sleep sacks are available at Target, JC Penny and Baby specialty stores. For a complete list, click here