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Related to swaddling: swaddling clothes
Etymology: OE, swethel, swaddling band
1 long narrow bands of cloth once used to wrap a newborn.
2 a method of wrapping a newborn, especially a premature or at-risk newborn, that provides maximal comfort and containment.
Wrapping an infant snugly with arms covered in a blanket or cloth.
Wrapping an infant in soft materials to restrain reflex body movements and help the child to rest and sleep. It is a traditional practice used in the care of fussy or hyperactive infants, in whom it appears to have a calming effect on reflex motor activity.swaddle (swod′ĕl)