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The Secret Swaddle | my sleep solution

I am a huge fan of swaddling. I cannot even begin to count the number of hours of sleep I have enjoyed thanks to a good swaddle–both of my babies took to it very well.

When Caroline was 4 months old, she was snugly wrapped in a Miracle Blanket, with a fleece SwaddleMe on top of that. Why? (a) nice & warm–it was winter and (b) the miracle blanket was not much of a miracle at four months. It worked wonders for a couple of months, but I have had the same two problems: the bottom foot pod can easily be walked out of if you have babies with sweaty feet AND the wrap is not secured with velcro, making it reasonably easy for a squirmy baby to get out of. The SwaddleMe’s outer layer solved the problem I had with the Miracle Blanket. I could never use the Swaddle Me alone after the newborn phase because my babes could get their arms out & up to their mouth to suck on, which woke everyone. I kept Caroline in her mb+sm getup until we stopped swaddling at about five months.

But Everett has been a challenge.

I know, I know. BIG SURPRISE. Everything about him & his existence has challenged me–and forced me to get creative in new ways. His lack of fondness towards sleep forced me to try tons of different sleep solutions (including The Woombie, which I really wanted to work, but made him madder than I’ve ever seen him!!!)Currently, Everett’s rapid growth is bringing another challenge. Not only can he muscle is way out of any wrap, but he doesn’t FIT in anything! He is so big! But I did find ONE thing that works. Hallelujah! So I thought I would share. It’s not fancy. It’s not expensive. It’s just…a mother’s desperate solution for sleep. Ha! :)


  • Summer Infant SwaddleMe
  • a thin, breathable blanket or piece of fabric, folded or cut, about 8″ x 36″ (I recommend 100% cotton so it can breathe)

& the visual:

Need more? Well. I even managed to make a short video. Sometimes it’s just easier to show you how to do it. :)

Make sense? What was your lifesaving swaddle solution?? I’ve heard some really good ones!!

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  • ashley - seriously, this works! now only if my little one’s cold would go away so we all get some sleep again! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - I am trying this tonight!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - Yes! We called that the “super swaddle” in our house. :)
    We didn’t have the swaddle me, but just used two of the 123 swaddle blankets (Nordstrom sells them and I’ve seen them at Target too). They are cotton and Large! We were able to keep ours swaddled until about 9 months with the method and the large blankets. Love your pictoral. Very helpful. Glad it is working for you!ReplyCancel

  • Cara - This is exactly what we did with my little guy! Works like a charm!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - Love your blog posts especially with video. Whenever anyone is pregnant or has just had a newborn I send them your blog :)ReplyCancel

  • Candice - Yep, this is exactly what we did with our little one. Only we didn’t have a SwaddleMe, so we just did a regular swaddle on top with another receiving blanket. Glad it’s working for you!ReplyCancel

  • donya - Yep, this worked SO well for my first born. I remember googling and googling and googling, and finally finding this solution on YouTube. Worked like a charm. So glad it’s working for Everett!ReplyCancel

  • Kendall Stoy - You should probably patent that while you can…ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Do you know where you got that crib sheet? I love the orange color!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Sliman - Exactly what we did with Neva too. LOVE it. She was a big baby too and we didn’t move up to the next size (they were huge!) so we stopped swaddling her about five months.ReplyCancel

  • Veronica - I love his happy little face in all the pics!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - Thanks for the videos and cute baby! I started with the SwaddleMe because my husband found it easy to use. Then we switched to the Halo when our son got big. The sleepsack design made it easier to wean him off swaddling with it.ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Hi Shawna!

    I saw that you IG’d some charlie bananas the other day and I was wondering if you’ve started using them? I’d love your input on likes and dislikes, etc. A comparison would be amazing if you had time! I always love your break down of things! XOXOReplyCancel

  • Sara B - I did something similar with my third baby when he outgrew the miracle blanket – rectangle of fabric for the arm pinning and a huge square of fabric for the rest of the job. I just got cotton guaze at Joann’s – much cheaper than aden + anais!ReplyCancel

  • Hillary - I’m a new follower. Found you through Pinterest and loved your post about losing the baby weight. I lost 80 lbs. after college and gaining weight this pregnancy has terrified me that I was going to go back to unhealthy habits. However, I’m eating well and exercising as usual (and at 25 weeks, I’m up 10 lbs. and gaining right on track). Your post helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel. Can’t wait to read more about your adorable family!

    Oh, and I was clueless on how to swaddle, so I’m bookmarking this post to use in the fall when our first baby arrives.

    Lots of great stuff here — thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Megan v - This!!!!!
    We have a wriggler who won’t stay in any swaddle except the “double swaddle” which is too hot and complicated, especially for middle of the night changes! The receiving blanket arm wrap is the perfect addition to the swaddle me! You’re genius. Seriously. I bow down!ReplyCancel

  • Amber - We do this too!

    My little girl is 2mo old & she still manages to wiggle herself out of everything else….besides this.ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - Hi Shawna, love your site! I’ve been using my stylebaby log for 3.5 months and think it’s genius! My question is your opinion on swaddling when baby starts rolling over. My little one is rolling belly to back at 15 weeks and on the verge of back to belly during tummy time/floor play. Were you concerned keeping the swaddle once yours started rolling? We tried arms out of the swaddle last night and it was a disaster. He still likes it but I’m afraid he will roll and without arms be unable to get back. Thanks for your opinion!ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - I would say trust your gut. I was never comfortable with a swaddle once mine started really rolling over, but I know it is very baby dependent. Just know, the first nights out of swaddle will likely always be terrible, whether they are ready of not! Good luck! & SO glad you love your stylebabyLOG! :)ReplyCancel

  • Stefanie - It’s like magic!! My little girl just turned 3 months and went from sleeping 8 hours per night to 3 hr stretches because she was constantly breaking out of her halo sleep sack swaddle. Naps were also very difficult and I had to keep running up to her room to put her paci back in. Tried this swaddle last night and it worked! Back to 8 hours solid sleep and she’s currently taking her morning nap…we’re at 2 hours without a peep. Woo! Thank you Shawna for sharing!!! And thanks for all you do for all of us mamas!ReplyCancel

  • 10 things I learned from New Mom’s Group » The Intuitive Mama - […] to get her hands out of the swaddle, she actually slept.  Here is a video demonstration from  (Kimberly’s comment about bat wings:  ”A quick caveat about the bat wings. I […]ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - poor baby, can’t move at all!!! why you guys don’t want your baby to move? must be very frustrating for the poor baby… this is just because you can sleep more at night? a little selfish, don’t you think?ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - Swaddling is an ancient practice that is natural for the baby and certainly not just for the mother at all. It is up to every mother to do what it right for her, but “selfish” is hardly the word I would use to describe it. It gives the baby more restful sleep because their natural reflexes do not wake them up.ReplyCancel

  • Marcel - Why not use a Swaddle bag? It’s and easier and safe alternative to traditional swaddling!

  • Laura - A coworker recommended this to us, although he called it a “Super Swaddle” and it has been pure magic. Our son has slept through the night since he was one month old (with a few exceptions, but no complaints here!). I love the SwaddleMe, too. While my husband was a wiz at doing the blanket swaddles, I couldn’t get the hang of it. The SwaddleMe took all the frustration out of making sure our little houdini didn’t get loose. :) Glad to see others are successfully using the Super/Secret Swaddle!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Tried this last night and my son slept his longest stretch at night ever! 7:30-3:30 and then after a bottle back down until almost 6:30! Can’t wait to try it again tonight!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - I tried this and it works great! My baby will be 16 weeks thursday and wakes twice during the night. Anyone have any suggestions on how to move feeding times ? She likes to eat at 6 instead of 8 for bed time and then is back up at 11. If she waits till closer to 8 she sleeps almost till 3 then until 6. Also, any indication of how long this swaddling effect takes place? My husband can’t do it because he is scared he will hurt her.ReplyCancel

  • Alanna - This is brilliant! My first slept like a dream too…my second (coincidentally also an Everett…) not so much. Even our stalwart miracle blanket has failed me. I’m trying this tonight. He’s an early roller, so hopefully keeping the arms pinned will keep him from rolling and waking himself up.ReplyCancel

  • 31 Incredibly Helpful Tips And Hacks For A New Baby - Ice Trend - […] more about this — and check out a “how to” video — here […]ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Studies show it’s important for development for babies to have access to their hands. In the womb, they explore their surroundings and self with their hands. Keeping their hands from them has no benefit to baby and can be detrimental to their development, both physically and mentally.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - This has saved my life! thank you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - I really want to do this, but how do you get over the LO crying bloody murder and resisting so hard? I feel so bad… I even tried w only 1arm. Help! 1month oldReplyCancel

  • Colleen - I LOVE the secret swaddle, it works great and both baby and I get sleep. How long can I use this technique??ReplyCancel

  • Sal - What a wonderful blog! And isn’t Everett just a little cutie!
    I was wondering if you have any advice on how to transition out of swaddling? My 3 month old girl just LOVES being swaddles super snug, as opposed to my older son who was happy with the arms up sleep sacks… I’m just not sure how to tackle the next few months, once she starts rolling… any tips??ReplyCancel

  • Rachael - Thank you for publishing this and making the video! This works for my son, and ultimately makes for a better night’s sleep for me since he’s less likely to wake himself up . Wish I knew about it with my daughter as maybe she would have tolerated swaddling. They both are/were able to break their arms out of the traditional swaddle techniques. I used this with the halo sleepsack instead of the swaddleme, and it works just fine.ReplyCancel

  • Samridhi Ganeriwala - Great baby Swaddle collections. Thanks for sharing us.ReplyCancel

  • Samridhi Ganeriwala - Very informative post. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

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