We parents can never get a break. Studies just keep raining down on us that make every parenting choice we've ever made seem like a bad choice. Take the newest mark of bad parenting for example: swaddling.
We were told to swaddle our firstborn because it inhibits the startle reflex. My husband would literally get elated while wrapping our little newborn up as a burrito. It was so tidy and it calmed our little fussy one. I never really got the hang of it, and I always preferred skin-to-skin contact with my little ones. (Yes, it is about me.)
I know that some parents swear by swaddling and can't imagine calming a fussy, colicky baby without the wrapping technique. But swaddling has been getting a bad rap lately. Studies say it increased hip dysplasia and according to Slate magazine, centres in the U.S. have banned swaddling because of risks of SIDS and hip problems. The ripple effect of the ban has parenting staying away from the baby burrito.