I believe I've read some fairly good research which indicates that swaddling can be quite comforting for infants (especially newborns), if they're receiving proper human contact as well (being held, touched, carried, cooed to, etc.) and, of course, being fed and changed as necessary.kingklash wrote:Nothing wrong with a well-wrapped bundle o'baby. My Ma did that to all four of us, Kiowa-style. And, we used to have a decorated cradleboard for sale at work, and there are pictures somewhere of both of my nephews all wrapped up and snug in it at different times.
The problem with the old understaffed-orphanage "swaddle them and leave them alone" approach wasn't the swaddling... it was the abandonment. Lots of human interaction (of the touchy-feely kind) seems to be an essential factor in having an infant's brain and nervous system develop properly... an infant denied this interactive attention is at real risk of suffering delayed development of a number of sorts, from which it may never recover.
And, fortunately, the other kids don't seem to have chosen "Goatbush" as a nickname for this little thorny youngster. "Pickle" is cute, and so is Pickle! it will be very interesting to learn her story.Castela. Good name. Desert plants are tough, and survive a lot.