Any parent who’s ever gone the swaddling route with your baby knows the ins and outs of the practice. And if you have a sense of humor about it, you’ve probably spent a few moments chuckling at how your baby deals with being wrapped up in a blanket all night. Some infants take to it immediately, others struggle a little, but most babies eventually settle down and appreciate the close-quarters snuggle of the swaddle.
One dad, Kent Siri of Boston, found his son Kaden seems to enjoy the moment of release from being swaddled — so much so that he decided to sync up Kaden’s daily hands-up routine to various music and soundtrack clips, all to glorious effect.
Others have enjoyed this new dad’s creative expression of fatherly devotion so much that the video has gone viral. At last count the clip boasted 44 million views on Facebook and was shared over 600,000 times.
As tends to happen, discussion on the Facebook post of the video veered into the question of swaddling babies. Some commenters remarked that it seemed cruel. “First and foremost, he loves it!” Siri explains in a comment thread. “It provides him comfort and security when he sleeps. As many clinical professionals have already attested in the comments, swaddling is still very much a pediatrician-recommended method for soothing babies when they sleep. So long as the baby is not rolling over himself / herself, it’s completely safe. Kaden has a strong startle reflex, also known as the Moro Reflex. This causes him to jolt a lot at night and wake himself up. Since we started swaddling him, he sleep much better and he loves it. Hope this helps clarify things!”
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