Swaddles can be a lifesaver when you have a newborn.
Before you leave the hospital, you will probably learn how to do a blanket swaddle. But getting those perfect every time can be difficult, especially when it’s 2 a.m. and all you want to do is go back to sleep. Thankfully, there are several different types of swaddles on the market, but there are some factors you should consider.
What many parents and caregivers don’t realize is that swaddles are not a one-size-fits-all, so you’ll need to buy the appropriate size for your baby’s age. You’ll also want to consider the material, making sure it’s breathable or warm enough, depending on where you live. Moreover, think about the purpose of the swaddle, as some help with reflexes while others assist with transitioning out of the swaddle.
While some babies feel more secure with their arms snuggly nestled beside or across their bodies, other babies sleep more soundly in the natural “arms-up” position, which allows them to self soothe. This swaddle from Love to Dream allows them to do just that, but also offers the snug, secure feel of a swaddle to calm the startle reflex and help them sleep better. A simple twin-design zipper keeps it secure and makes diaper changes easy with no Velcro or other fasteners to master.
This swaddle is specifically designed to help prevent hip dysplasia, a condition in which an infant’s hip joints don’t form properly. It’s designed to keep their legs in an ergonomic position, which promotes healthy hip growth, and keep their arms in a “hands to heart” position. While fasteners keep them securely in place, there’s also a removable leg pouch to make diaper changes easy.
Babies can’t be swaddled forever (most manufacturers recommend you discontinue their use once baby can roll to their stomach, while the AAP suggests 2 months), and this microfleece “magic” sleepsuit from Baby Merlin will help make the transition out of one easier, since it still calms their startle reflex but they won’t be able to roll over in it. It’s designed for babies 3-6 months and 12-18 pounds, and it also comes in larger sizes as well.
With full arms and legs, it keeps them warm and cozy, but there’s no wrapping necessary. You simply put baby in, then zip up the double zippers on the front of the suit. The hands and feet are open. It’s made of microfleece on the outside with an inner layer of breathable cotton.
A cousin of mine is due to deliver her first child pretty soon and I’m stoked to help her prep for baby. If you couldn’t tell, I love pregnant women and babies. One of the must-have items is the swaddle blanket with is essential for helping baby feel safe, secure and comforted during those very early weeks.
There are many swaddle blankets on the market and I am always pleasantly surprised about all the updates in baby tech. Here is a repost of an excellent review of two distinctive models from our partners at BabyCubby. Both of these are products of innovative technology to accommodate advances in knowledge of early infant development:
Ergobaby Original Swaddle: This swaddle has been designed to easily and safely swaddle your baby, with comfort in mind. Made from 100% knit cotton terry, it is soft and cozy (and can easily be washed)! The Ergobaby keeps your baby’s hips in the proper position, while still leaving enough room in the removable leg pouch. It securely fastens the arms making the Ergobaby practically escape proof! The best part about this swaddle? Thanks to the removable leg pouch, you don’t have to unswaddle your sleeping baby for a diaper change! Can I get a Hallelujah?
The Ergobaby Original Swaddle is an excellent choice that many parents love! Here are a few thoughts to consider before buying:
One possible downside to the amazing removable leg pouch, is the possibility of baby kicking himself awake because his legs aren’t secured.
The Ergobaby Original Swaddle is made from 100% cotton, which isn’t the best material for cooler temperatures, so keep that in mind if you live somewhere a little chilly!
Ollie World Swaddle: This swaddle encourages your baby to be calm and improves overall sleep quality. Featuring velcro straps, theOllie makes swaddling easy! Additionally, the mix of polyester and spandex is great for moisture wicking, cooler temperatures and also keeping a nice snug fit! The Ollie World Swaddle also features a tie at the bottom which decreases the likelihood of hip dysplasia in infants. This makes diaper changes a breeze, while still allowing your baby a little wiggle room!
While the Ollie is also an exceptional swaddle blanket, some facts to think about are:
It does not have a removable leg pouch, but instead features a tie at the bottom. This allows for easy diaper changes, but does not secure the legs to keep baby from kicking.
It is significantly different in price, but also includes a laundry bag to properly launder it.