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! :)
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 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!!