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Best Newborn Swaddle to Help Baby Sleep Through the Night

Updated on October 1, 2014

The Newborn Swaddle: Giving Parents the Gift of Sleep

Can a good newborn swaddle help you and your baby to sleep more? Yes! The newborn swaddle is an essential part of many parents' sleep and nap routine during the first few months with their newborn. They are usually introduced to the technique before the baby even leaves the hospital: nurses tightly wrap newborns to help simulate the closeness and intimacy of the womb.

New parents can expect to wake up two or even three times (or more!) per night during the early weeks; for many, even getting an extra 20 or 30 minutes of sleep throughout the night can lead to increased levels of alertness and happiness. The newborn swaddle can help some babies achieve restful sleep for longer periods of time--what parent with a newborn wouldn't like that?

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My Journey to Find the Ultimate Newborn Swaddle - My Baby Used a Newborn Swaddle from Day 1

My son was born five weeks early, and from the minute I delivered, every light and sound would disturb him as he was wasn't prepared yet to be in this world. He seemed very uncomfortable when he was laid in his crib; he would writhe and scream uncontrollably. The nurses quickly showed us their version of the "newborn burrito" by wrapping him up tightly in a blanket, turning our crying baby into a contented one, right before our eyes. Could it really be so easy, to help him with just a newborn swaddle?

It was, for the first two or three weeks at home. But soon, as my born-premature-yet-very-large baby got a bit bigger and stronger, he'd quickly wiggle his way out of his swaddle and wake up screaming. I needed something to contain him--it was especially important for him to feel secure since he was a preemie--and the blankets just weren't cutting it anymore.

Enter the Miracle Blanket!

Best Newborn Swaddle: The Miracle Blanket - Helped our baby sleep through the night

This amazing swaddler looks like a very odd contraption once it's unfolded--it definitely does not look like a typical newborn swaddle. But, it's easy and it works!

Miracle Blanket Swaddle, Natural Beige
Miracle Blanket Swaddle, Natural Beige

This baby swaddle blanket really helped us to adjust during those precious first few months--by allowing us to get just a bit more sleep, we were able to better function as parents. We were calmer when we needed to be, and more alert when necessary, too, since we were able to be better rested. If you are a new parent, you can relate; if you're expecting, take my word for it! Anything that might help you to get even a few extra minutes of sleep is worth investigating.

 

Our Schedule Before the Miracle Blanket Newborn Swaddle

Could this Newborn Swaddle Help?

The Miracle Blanket doesn't look like your typical swaddle blanket. It has a pouch where the legs go, and little "flaps" on the inside which basically pin the arms to the side. That is what is the beauty of this swaddle--the weight of your baby keeps these flaps in place, since you wrap them over the arms and then tuck the fabric under your baby. This combined with the blanket wrapped around him prohibits any major movement. As soon as he starts to fidget or have that startle reflex, he is immediately calmed.

Prior to using this newborn swaddle, our evening typically went like this:

9:00 p.m.: Bedtime

Midnight: Awake for a feed

3:00 a.m.: Awake for a feed

6:00 a.m.: Awake for a feed

Yes, this is very typical for a newborn. But at about four weeks old, we noticed he was still waking around midnight--sometimes a little before or sometimes a little after--but he'd refuse food. He wasn't hungry at this point, but because he loosened his blanket and worked his hands free he was awake. And by awake, I mean AWAKE. It would take up to an hour to get him back to bed, and by the time that occurred (and then WE put ourselves back to sleep), we only had about 30 minutes of sleep before he woke up again, this time truly hungry.

What Did This Mean?

Could this newborn swaddle help us? How much sleep would we get?

5 Hours of Straight Sleep! At 5 Weeks! - This Newborn Swaddle May Help Your Baby Sleep Longer, Too

It's simple. If we could eliminate the midnight waking and get our baby to sleep from 9 p.m. to about 2 a.m., we would be able to get five glorious hours of straight sleep ourselves. He already proved that he wasn't waking to eat, so we didn't have to worry that he was hungry.

My son was never a terrible sleeper--by some standards, waking up twice per night at four or five weeks old would constitute a great sleeper. I admit, it could definitely have been much worse. But, like every new parent, I wanted more sleep. Since he was capable of sleeping longer, I took advantage of this newborn swaddle to get it!

Prefer Colorful and Printed? - Luckily, the Miracle Blanket Comes in Many Varieties!

Basic beige certainly isn't the only color this product comes in -- you can find it in a rainbow of colors below. I opted for beige because I wanted it to be gender-neutral in case we had another; yellow or green could've been a good option for me, too.

Miracle Blanket Swaddle, Blue
Miracle Blanket Swaddle, Blue

Classic blue is a great swaddle option for boys.

 
Miracle Blanket Swaddle, Cirque Du Fleur
Miracle Blanket Swaddle, Cirque Du Fleur

LOVE THIS! The print just makes me smile.

 
Discontinued
Discontinued

Since I did a jungle them in my son's room, this also could've worked.

 
Miracle Blanket Baby Swaddle, Yellow with Aqua Trim
Miracle Blanket Baby Swaddle, Yellow with Aqua Trim

A great baby shower gift -- the blue trim lends itself more towards a boy, I think.

 

Watch the Miracle Blanket in Action

Learn how simple it is to use the best newborn swaddle. As this is a demonstration, it's pretty slow--I was able to wrap him in 5 seconds flat after the first time trying it.

Will This Newborn Swaddle Help All Parents?

It could. But not everything works for every baby. I'd say to give it a try--it probably won't make things worse, especially if you have been swaddling with blankets. Some don't react well if they've gone weeks or months without a swaddle and then are forced into one, so do consider that before deciding.

Be wary of claims that any product can take your baby from getting up multiple times to sleeping straight through the night immediately. This newborn swaddle did help us, but it's not like we were able to sleep like normal adults again. Slowly, he got better and better about sleeping longer, and by about nine weeks, he was only waking up once. And, for those that are wondering, he finally slept through at sixteen weeks (and boy, did life get a lot better after that started happening!).

© 2011 Lauren

Did You Use a Newborn Swaddle? - Did it help your baby sleep better?

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      We did this for all three, worked on the girls, had no effect on my son though!

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      NYtoSCimjustme 4 years ago

      @LNAngel: Congratulations!! That's fantastic!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This sounds like a great idea to keep the baby satisfied and feeling safe.

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      Lauren 4 years ago from Florida

      @OhMe: Awww thanks! :) Now that #2 is on the way for me, I better break it back out!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      You certainly convinced me and I enjoyed reading the Amazon reviews, too. I had no idea that there was a special blanket for swaddling. We always used just a baby blanket. I just purchased one from you for a baby shower and feel like it will be a big hit with the young mother.

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      Swaddling is the best thing for baby's security in the first few months of their life. It gives them the security that they felt in the womb. I love your lens. It is well done and looks good. Your baby is adorable and I am so glad you do NOT have a clothes lines of affiliate modules, one right after the other. Good job. *Squid Angel Blessed* and I've added it to My Squid Angel Blessings 2012 to the "Parenting & Kids » Baby" neighborhood.

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      Lauren 6 years ago from Florida

      @EuroSquid LM: Swaddling is not for every baby, but it's worth a try when you're at your wits' end :)

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      EuroSquid LM 6 years ago

      We bought the miracle blanket. Used it for about 1 week. Our guy screamed and screamed when he was swaddled and struggled until he got free or we gave up and let him out. Our guy was a terrible sleeper, but the swaddling just seemed to make it worse.

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      Eileen 6 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Will certainly bear this in mind and recommend or purchase it

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      JoyKitten 6 years ago

      I don't have kids, but 20 years ago my Mexican housekeeper would bring her newborn with her while she worked. When I saw her swaddle her babe like this, frankly I was a little concerned that it was too tight. Very quickly I saw the logic of it and wondered why it wasn't used in the US. Now I see this commonsense practice has been adopted here. Great news. Great lens.

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      zillermil 6 years ago

      I totally agree. I loved the Miracle Blanket and get it for everyone I know having a baby. It really is a miracle!

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      desa999 lm 6 years ago

      Very original lens Well done.

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      andreaberrios lm 6 years ago

      Very cute!!

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      Johanna Eisler 6 years ago

      I used the blanket wrap I learned about in the hospital for my preemie. I never heard of a swaddle, but it looks like a marvelous invention!

      Congratulations on making the front page!

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      davida007anderson 6 years ago

      So sweet.............

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      cleanyoucar 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this. I'm gonna be a father next year and will surely bookmark this lens for future reference.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for this very helpful and informative lens. This kind of help is always appreciated!!

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      fullofshoes 6 years ago

      Oh! This brings back such wonderful memories of swaddling my babies...who are now old enough to have their own! Great lens.

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      Serenity30 6 years ago

      @BunnyFabulous: you can swaddle without the arms.both my babies preferred it that way.

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      BunnyFabulous 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I swaddled my daughter with blankets, and she got her arms out almost immediately. When it did work, it was helpful, but we were constantly trying to contain her. I'll have to get one of these if we have another baby.

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      talkies lm 6 years ago

      Swaddling is a must try! It worked wonders with my daughter

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      Merstarr 6 years ago

      I never had a fancy swaddling blanket but did swaddle both my kids and it definitely does help loads. I wish I would have had one of these though, because the squirmy little bums wriggle themselves loose from a regular receiving blanket. Not to mention some makes of receiving blankets are far to small to swaddle after about the first month as well. Someone had a good invention with these, I'd say :)

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      GabStar 6 years ago

      I used this one on my son - it is absolutely brilliant

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      noel rocs 6 years ago

      yes! my baby was so active that swaddling was the only way to get him to calm down enough to fall asleep. He would just play and play if I didn't swaddle him! :) He's 4yrs old, now, and still just as active ;)

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      Susan300 6 years ago

      Swaddling made a HUGE difference! :)

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      Wendy Leanne 6 years ago from Texas

      I like the swaddling blankets you chose. My babies never slept well, of course they all had reflux (despite being breastfed). You were super lucky to have a newborn sleep a straight 5 hours!

      Great lens. *~blessed~*

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Nicely done review on the newborn swaddle and thanks for sharing your experience with your beautiful bundle of joy...blessings! :)

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      jseven lm 6 years ago

      This is great, my daughter does the swaddling and I wish I had known about it back when my kids were babies. I'm going to send this to my son for his baby coming. Thanks!

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      Heather B 6 years ago

      I love the way you've laid out this lens! The mixture of personal experience and product endorsement is just perfect. Good job! (If I ever have a baby, I'll think back to this lens!) Heather