Friday, October 21, 2011

I wonder what that feels like?


 I can attest to the wonders of swaddling a baby.  We do it every night to Baby Norris and it helps him to sleep.  The transformation really is remarkable.  One moment he's upset, arms flailing about, bottom lip quivering and then, once swaddled, he calms down.


And the wails become whimpers.

And then...
they...
disappear (and we sigh in relief.) 

Why does swaddling work?  Why does it calm him down?  Does it remind him of being in the womb?  Or, does it prevent him from jerking himself awake?

I asked Baby Norris, but he didn't have anything to say on the matter (go figure).  So, I tried another tactic to understand the swaddling phenomenon...

and asked hubby to swaddle me for a late evening nap.
Charlie, of course, had to investigate.
Conclusions?
I still don't understand it.  Babies are weird.

I hated being swaddled.  I didn't feel secure, I felt claustrophobic.  I couldn't roll around.  I couldn't find a comfortable sleeping position. And  I most certainly could not scratch a very annoying itch on my nose.

5 comments:

  1. I don't think I would want to be swaddled, I wouldn't be able to scratch my back! (FOS-LM)

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  2. ;) this reminds me of your water experiment with E years before. once a scientist, always a scientist!

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  3. haha you know the funniest thing about this picture isn't the picture, its the fact that felix will look at your blog one day and he'll think to himself, "my mum is weird..." hehe ;)

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  4. your shirt matches the bouncer....

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