Swaddles & Sleep Start With “S”

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What Is Swaddling?

Swaddling is when you snugly wrap your baby in a blanket or specialized baby swaddle for warmth, security, and to help with the moro reflex, aka the startle reflex.

Disclaimer: This is meant as general information, and is not any type of professional advice. If you have any questions or concerns, you should contact a professional in the appropriate field based on your question or concern. Please see my Disclaimer for more information.

To Swaddle Or Not To Swaddle?

Every baby is different, and you won’t know for sure what you need until your baby is here. Some babies hate being swaddled, some babies are fine with it, and some can’t sleep for long without it.

My baby, for example, could not sleep without being swaddled because of the moro reflex. She would startle and wake herself up. Unfortunately she also hated being swaddled, but it was the only way she could sleep for longer periods.

The moro reflex typically goes away at around 3-6 months of age. Some signs that it’s time to stop swaddling your baby include when they start busting out of the swaddle, and when they start rolling over. That last one is especially important because you do not want your baby to roll over while swaddled.

My little escape artist started busting out of her swaddle with her arms up around 2-3 months, and I knew it was time to stop swaddling. The problem was that she still had the moro reflex, and couldn’t sleep in pajamas just yet. Luckily, this desperate to not lose sleep mama found a swaddle transition product that worked miracles! More on that later.

I definitely recommend having a few swaddlers on hand just in case your baby sleeps better with them. You don’t want to find out the first night home that your baby needs a swaddler to sleep while nothing is open and you are exhausted. Trust me. I didn’t sleep at all for the first three days after giving birth, and it was TORTURE.

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Swaddle Products

SwaddleMe Original Swaddle

This product is like a cotton pouch that has adjustable wings. Many moms love that it is easy to use! Since there is no zipper, you will have to undo the swaddle for diaper changes.

Halo Sleepsack

This sleepsack has a zipper and velcro wings. It zips from the bottom, which makes middle of the night diaper changes easier. It’s loose around the legs like a sack, and can be worn in three ways. You can swaddle arms in, hands-to-face, and one or both arms out.

Miracle Blanket

This blanket consists of a pouch and it’s patented arm flap design and length that wraps around your baby. You will have to undo the swaddle for diaper changes.

Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original

The patented wings on the Swaddle UP allow the baby to both sleep with their arms in the ARMS UP position and to access her hands to self-soothe. There is a two-way zipper that allows you to zip from the bottom up for fast and easy diaper changes.

Happiest Baby Sleepea Swaddle

The inner arm wrap has “quiet” velcro to help secure your little one. This swaddle also has a double zipper for easy diaper changes.

Woombie Original One Step Baby Swaddle

Easy to use 1 step swaddle that allows natural arm and leg movement while swaddled. It has a two-way zipper for easy diaper changes.

Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit

This is a transition swaddle product, and was a lifesaver for me! This sleepsuit is designed for back sleeping in a bare crib at room temperature.

I started using the sleepsuit once my little Houdini started busting out of her swaddle. She still had the moro reflex, and she couldn’t sleep for long in pajamas. This weighted sleepsuit allowed her freedom of movement, while muting her startle reflex and allowing her to STAY ASLEEP.

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