If you've ever tried to calm a crying baby, you are well aware of the benefits of swaddling. It might take a few (hundred) tries to get the hang of it, but for many parents, wrapping a baby up like a burrito is the saving grace of infanthood.
Redditor dchoe appears to be an even bigger advocate for swaddling than most new dads -- and not just for the baby. He admits that he also likes to wrap himself. Case in point:
After posting this photo, dchoe found out he isn't alone. User Tript0phan commented, "No lie, I do that too. Babies know what's up." After all, what's lovelier than being tightly wrapped, snug as a bug?
Beyond comfort though, Dr. Harvey Karp, pediatrician and author of "The Happiest Baby on the Block," includes swaddling as one of the "five s's" in his system for calming crying babies because it "provides the continuous touching and support your baby is used to experiencing within the womb." Additionally, in a HuffPost blog, Dr. Karp touts other life-saving benefits of wrapping your baby. He wrote:
When done correctly safe swaddling offers the potential to:
• Reduce the lure of placing babies on the stomach. (Swaddled babies sleep just as well on the back as unwrapped babies sleep on the stomach.)
• Reduce the chance of falling asleep with the baby on a dangerous surface. (Exhaustion causes similar brain numbness as being drunk. No wonder tired parents can put an arm over their baby's face without even realizing it.)
• Reduce the chance of rolling into a dangerous position (into a pillow, against a wall or onto the stomach).
Clearly, if you are the proud owner of a newborn, and you haven't slept for longer than three hours at a time, you need protection from all of these predicaments too.