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Wrapping an infant snugly with arms covered in a blanket or cloth.
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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.


Swaddled infants may occasionally suffer hyperthermia. In addition, the impact of swaddling on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) may depend on the materials used and the position of the infant after his or her movements are restrained.
swaddle (swod′ĕl)
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But, in any of the societies to which we used to look back for examples--Greek, Roman, Jewish, Christian-European--parental responsibilities over teenage children were a good deal more extensive than Locke's metaphor of swaddling clothes would admit, and a grown child's duty to revere his parents and respect their wishes was taken for granted.
According to tradition, Mary was without swaddling clothes for her son so Joseph offered to take off some of his.
God did this at Bethlehem when the Lord Jesus was born, laid in a manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes. He was and is God''s living message of forgiveness, peace and joy.
She did him in a cave and gave Cronus a stone wrapped in swaddling clothes in place of the child.
The church also contains four relics, St Mary's cloak, Christ's swaddling clothes, St John the Baptist's Qbeheading cloth and Christ's loincloth.
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There are passages that will sound very familiar to Traherne enthusiasts, such as this passage from "Babe": "A Babe is an helpless Infant: a little naked MAN, wrapt up in the Swaddling clothes of his own infirmities; a feeble Spark of immortal fire, that can never be extinguished; a stranger newly come into the World, as Great in his Hopes and Possibilities, as he is Small in the Appearance of his present Attainments" (3.437).
For the past 20 years, Robertson has been using his books, CDs, and lectures to debunk what he calls the myth of the "poor Jesus." You know that one: the babe of low estate, born in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes, and, let's be honest, he didn't dress much better when he got older.
These techniques often include special swaddling clothes and bands, or several cloths positioned in a particular way to keep the baby secure.
The month and year I was born, Dance Magazine was called simply The Dance, and, like myself, was very much in its swaddling clothes. This cover shows a young woman totally, apart from a scarf, nude--in a pose somewhat Grecian, looking like a cross between Isadora Duncan and the Ziegfeld Follies.
goes within, sheltered in the swaddling clothes of timeless repose.
Prince Hisahito, wrapped in white swaddling clothes, was presented to the shrine in the arms of a male agency official.