How to Properly Swaddle Your Baby and Which Swaddle is Best
Swaddling your Newborn
Swaddling has been a common practice for mothers since ancient times. Luckily, development has come a long way to provide more practical, affordable and comfortable swaddles.
Learning How to Swaddle
After having a very colicy daughter who was blessed with a scream that could break windows, I learned very quickly that swaddling was a must in our household. Honestly she never cried, she screamed bloody murder and would not stop for anything...that was until I found the perfect swaddle.
I learned from my doctor, many books, and other mothers and fathers that swaddling was the way to go when trying to calm a fussy, irritable child. I knew that was my only hope of bringing sanity into my home. What I was not told was that not all swaddles accomplish this task.
I started out by trying the receiving blanket method of wrapping my 8lb 4oz newborn up like a burrito. Well, she looked perfect until I picked her up and she squirmed around slightly and she was free!
So, I decided to move up a step and buy an actual swaddle. My first stop, Target. I picked up "The First Years Swaddler" and was so trilled to see how easy it would be to put on with the velcro closures. Unfortunately, when I tried this extraordinary find on my normal sized daughter I realized that the only possible way for this swaddle to work was if she was a gigantic 30lb baby! This swaddle was basically as useful as throwing a blanket over the top of her.
So, I took it one step further and went to a specialty baby store and lo and behold found the "SwaddleMe," by Kiddopotamus. This is one great product! I got this beautiful pink fleece "SwaddleMe" home and with its easy velcro closures got it on in less than 30 seconds and it fit like a glove. My daughter basically lived in the "SwaddleMe!"
When a Good Swaddle Stops Working
After a couple months and about 300 washes I soon discovered that it wouldn't stay closed any longer since the velcro had no stickiness left. Therefore, I immediately rushed to the store and purchased a new "SwaddleMe."
Unfortunately, within days my daughter was escaping from this one as well. Even with the new velcro she was able to undo the swaddle. She was too long and too strong for it and could just bust her arms loose. I tried getting her to sleep without it and after a few sleepless days and nights I again rushed off to the nearest specialty baby store.
I was desperately in search of something that could save me from a life of no sleep and a screaming baby, since I was about completely deaf at this time. The store clerk must have seen the desperation on my face and came to my aid. She then introduced me to the "Miracle Blanket!!" She went on and on about how I would never use another swaddle blanket in my life after trying this. I figured I had nothing to lose, until I saw the price tag! "For that price it better work miracles," I thought to myself, but I had no other choice.
I went home with this new swaddle and pulled it out of the packaging and realized that this was going to be much more complicated than the easy velcro. It had one very long end that I wrapped around my daughter 50 times it seemed, but there was no way she was getting out of this one! This truly was the miracle of all blankets! It was so snug and would fit a baby of any size. I ended up keeping her in this blanket until she was almost 6 months...I know 6 months! She could have fit in this swaddle until she was over a year old, but that might have been classified as child abuse. I now know that this is the one and only swaddle I will ever use on future babies.
I have also since realized that everything is cheaper online than in the specialty baby stores.
The Amazing Miracle Blanket Swaddle
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My Reviews of Swaddles
Miracle Blanket - By far the best! Fits any size baby, comes in a variety of colors and does not wear out quickly. It is the most expensive out of the four, but I would have paid double for this life saver! Price online is approximately $30 whereas the specialty baby store it cost me over $40.
SwaddleMe by Kiddopotamus - This swaddle is a close second. It comes in a variety of colors and even a travel style. It fits like a glove, but my child after about 3 months could break free of the velcro. I would definitely have a couple of these as spares due to their cheap price and ease of use. The price is considerably cheaper, about $10 online and $20 at a specialty store.
Receiving Blanket - This is a nice idea, but just didn't quite work out for my squirmy little daughter. The standard receiving blanket was not large enough to keep my 8lb baby snugly wrapped. You can purchase larger receiving blankets online, which would work better, but cost about $25, which is much more expensive than the SwaddleMe. The smaller receiving blankets are reasonably priced at about $9, but just ended up being an expensive burp cloth and car seat blanket.
The First Years Swaddler - This is by far the worst! A total waste of money! It is almost $20 and not nearly as cute as the others and didn't work worth beans. This swaddler had some major flaws in the placement of the velcro, making it completely loose and downright dangerous for my daughter to wear to bed.
I hope now you can make a wise swaddling purchase and have a sanity in your household with a content and happy baby.