Swaddling... Its like a magical thing..
Baby won't sleep? Swaddle them!
Baby is fussy? Swaddle them!
Baby is cold? Swaddle them!
But what exactly IS swaddling?
Swaddling is when you wrap a baby tightly in a blanket, basically to replicate the feelings of being in the womb.
What if Swaddling is too hard or baby does not like it?
There are some fantastic products on the market today that help with swaddling quicker, tighter, or easier. Most babies LOVE to be swaddled but of course there are those out there that do not! As always gage what your baby needs or wants!
Here are three products that could help if your baby does not like being swaddled with a "traditional" blanket!
1.) The Halo Sleep Sack- Many hospitals are now using these as an alternative to blankets! They come in cotton or fleece so you can choose which fabric is best for baby! They make swaddling a breeze, and allow baby to move their legs naturally (in case you have a little Houdini like I did!
2.) The Woombie- One stop shop! You place baby in, zip up and you are done! This is great if you think that swaddling is too hard or you have a fidgety baby! These come in a cotton/spandex blend and are available in multiple sizes.
3.) The Zipadee-Zip- This blanket provides a slight resistance but allows for baby to move freely. It is a star shaped design to help baby have more room. This is used for babies that are transitioning out of a "traditional" swaddle but still need some extra soothing. These come in different fabrics and also three different sizes!
Important things to remember:
Always make sure you lay baby down on their back
Once baby begins rolling over, they can not be swaddled anymore
Always make sure baby's airway is not blocked and baby is able to move their head