Swaddle blankets are a must have baby item for every new mother!
Nothing helps your baby feel more safe and secure than a good ol’ swaddle blanket. Well, nothing except for mom, but I highly doubt you want to hold your baby while trying to sleep, which is completely unsafe!
Seriously though, there is nothing like the feeling you get when swaddling and comforting your child.
Today’s article is all about using and finding quality swaddle blankets that you and your baby will love.
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Thrifty moms guide to using and buying swaddle blankets
What is a swaddle blanket?
For the last nine months your baby was tucked safely inside your womb. To baby’s surprise, the real world is a much bigger and colder place!
A swaddle blanket wraps snuggly around your baby to provide a comforting, womb-like experience. Keeping your baby wrapped up tight allows for an easier adjustment outside of the womb.
Swaddling your baby also helps them sleep better at night. Babies can wake up after being startled by all the free range to move they have, unlike the womb. Wrapping your baby in a swaddle blanket will help reduce this startle reflex.
In addition to comfort, swaddling your baby gives an extra layer to help keep your baby warm.
Swaddling is very beneficial to newborns!
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What is the difference between a swaddle blanket and receiving blanket?
The biggest difference between a swaddle blanket and a receiving blanket is how much they stretch and their size.
A swaddle blanket has a lot of stretch to the fabric so that you can tightly wrap your child. A receiving blanket is usually made of something like flannel and doesn’t have much stretch but helps keep your baby warm.
A receiving blanket is usually much smaller than a swaddle blanket. Most parents would use a receiving blanket to lay over their shoulder to catch spit up while burping.
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Are swaddle blankets safe?
Nothing is without risk, but swaddling when done right is considered to be a safe practice.
Loose blankets can cause your baby to suffocate in the middle of the night. Swaddling reduces this risk by keeping a tight wrap around your baby’s body.
You need to do your best to keep your swaddle tight around your babies body. A loose swaddle can be dangerous, but under no circumstances should your baby have a loose blanket without supervision.
Personally, I use swaddling and haven’t had any issues. My child loves to be swaddled and it helps them sleep throughout the night.
There are many available swaddle blanket options that help your child stay within the swaddle including Velcro and weighted options. I’ll talk more about those options later.
So do you have to swaddle your child? You don’t have to swaddle your child, but it does help them feel more comfortable with their surroundings
Some babies will sleep perfectly fine without swaddling. It’s up to you to determine what will work best for your family.
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How to properly swaddle your baby
It’s easier to show you how to properly swaddle a baby than it is to explain it. So I’ll do both! Here’s a video from St. Louis Children’s Hospital that shows you how to properly swaddle a baby:
For those of you who can’t watch a video at the moment, follow these steps:
Step 1 – Lay the blanket out in front of you on a flat surface. Lay it out in a diamond shape, so a corner is close to you and the opposite corner is far away.
Step 2 – Take the far away corner and fold it toward you so that the corner lays about center in the blanket.
Step 3 – Place your baby on the blanket so that their head and neck area lays over the fold from step 2, hanging off the blanket. The baby should be facing you.
Step 4 – Take the right corner and fold it over baby, tucking under their right side. As you fold over baby, ensure the left arm goes underneath the blanket.
Step 5 – Take the corner closest to you (the one at baby’s feet) and fold it up towards baby’s face while keeping baby’s legs straight. Tuck under baby’s right side.
Step 6 – Take the left corner and fold over baby, tucking under their left side. As you fold over baby, ensure the right arm goes underneath the blanket.
You’ve successfully swaddled your baby! (Hopefully).
The best swaddle options available
Swaddle Designs Muslin Swaddle Blanket
I absolutely love the muslin swaddle blankets by swaddle designs. They are made out of soft cotton that gets softer with every wash.
They are so soft that I get a little bit jealous that my baby gets to be swaddled. I’m so jealous that I’m debating writing Swaddle Designs and asking them to make an adult sized swaddle.
I’m serious when I say that these are my favorite swaddle blankets. Now at every baby shower I give these blankets away because I love them so much.
I will admit that the blankets are deceiving at first. When you get your muslin swaddle blankets they feel super rough, making you think, “who would wrap their baby in sandpaper?”
Turns out after the first wash they feel like a slice of heaven! So please, wash your swaddle blankets before you use them or think of returning them to the store.
Woombie Zip Up Swaddle
Woombie is perfect for parents who feel uncomfortable swaddling a baby with a swaddle blanket.
Rather than being your traditional swaddle blanket, Woombie is a zip up swaddle. Your child would have to be a magician to work their way out of the zip up design, making Woombie one of the safest swaddle solutions around.
Woombie has a two way zipper design which makes it convenient for swaddling and changing late night diapers.
A lot of parents find their child can break out of the Velcro swaddle blankets, but have found Woombie to be a better solution.
Aden and Anais Swaddle Blankets
Aden and Anais swaddle blankets are highly rated and loved among parents. Made from muslin cotton, the blankets get softer with every wash.
I kid you not when I say the Amazon reviews are about how obsessed parents are with these blankets.
What a lot of parents find out the hard way is that Aden and Anais make quality swaddle blankets. You’ll waste money trying to buy cheap swaddle blankets and are better off buying Aden and Anais from the start.
Your baby will love the soft feeling of the swaddle and you’ll love everything about the blanket.
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