Your little one has just spent 9 months (or a little less if they were premature) tucked up inside a nice warm, dark place in the womb. However, once your baby enters into the world there are so many new things to stimulate them. The noises are no longer muffled, the light is much brighter, and the once familiar, such as the sound of your heartbeat, is now gone. Add to that loving family and friends who want to pick up your little one, introducing even more new stimulations, and it's easy to see how a newborn baby can become overtired.
The first three months of a newborn’s life outside of the womb, are a period of great change and development, as baby adjusts to the new environment that they find themselves in. As such, many paediatricians and parenting experts now refer to this time as the “fourth trimester”. This is to help parents better understand the significance of the changes that are occurring and how they can best support their baby’s transition to their new environment.
Wearing your baby in a Snuggle Bug Wrap allows them to gently adjust to life outside of the womb. No matter if it’s mum or dad wearing baby, a wrap can recreate several womb-like conditions including warmth, the sound of your heartbeat, and having their arms and legs tucked up snugly.
Studies show that wearing your baby results in up to 51% less crying and fussing: At the time of peak crying (6 weeks of age), infants who received supplemental carrying cried and fussed 43% less overall, and 51% less during the evening hours (4 PM to midnight).1 A wrap allows baby to be tucked up in a fetal position where they feel safe and secure, while being close to mum or dad, and slowly adjusting to the world outside of the womb.
So if your baby is unsettled, pop them into Snuggle Bug Wrap and gently pat them on the bottom while rocking from side to side. Before you know it, you will have a content little one who is feeling safe and secure in an environment that feels much more similar to the first three trimesters of their life.
1Increased Carrying Reduces Infant Crying: A Randomized Controlled Trial", Pediatrics, 77, 641-648 (1986).