How to Swaddle Your Baby

How to Swaddle Your Baby 1I often wonder what it must be like for a little newborn to enter the world. I'm sure that it must seem terrifying and perhaps cold in the great sea of light outside the womb.

Perhaps that's why some newborns have bouts of fussiness during the first few months of life. It can be a test of patience for bleary-eyed parents, exhausted and overwhelmed by the 24/7 care required for their new little life.

Fortunately, there are some things that seem to help calm newborns - especially things that mimic the comfort of the womb - like swaddling.

We swaddled our Little Beauty from day one...and it did seem to help her to sleep longer and less fitfully. She was our "little burrito."

There are many ways that you can swaddle. You can use good, old-fashioned receiving blankets (see video demonstration here). Or you can buy a blanket specifically designed for swaddling to make the process a little bit easier (easier is good when it's 2 a.m. and you can barely see straight).

Katerina Trani - a clinical social worker, mother of three, and one of the inventors of The Loving Baby Swaddle Blanket - had this to say about the Loving Baby Swaddle Blanket, "it is a blanket with over 3 years in research and design. We have incorporated several safety design issue within the construction of the blanket to address GERD, hip dysplasia, suffocation, chest and stomach restrictions, shoulder and arm placement, and neck support to name a few. It is simple to use, comfortable, cute, and does not come undone."
How to Swaddle Your Baby 2
The Loving Baby website also gives some tips about why to swaddle and how to swaddle.

WIN IT! One lucky winner will receive a Loving Baby Swaddle Blanket. To enter, simply leave a comment and your e-mail address on this post prior to Saturday, December 15th, at midnight. The winner will be announced and contacted via e-mail on Sunday, December 16th. * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.

* UPDATED * The winner is #10 Brooke. Congratulations!

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64 comments on “How to Swaddle Your Baby”

  1. My little gal loved to be swaddled but with a regular blanket she always seemed to wiggle free!

  2. I'd love to use this for my son, who is due this spring. From what I hear, swaddling recreates the feeling in the womb, so this would be great!

  3. Wish I had it with my first 2 but at least my third would be able to use it! :) Thanks for hosting such a useful giveaway!

  4. oh, maybe this would stay better than her other one, she had Houdinied herslef out of it too many times to count!

  5. You have the BEST giveaways! I think this would take care of the I'm-screaming-because-I-worked-my-way-out-of-my-swaddle-and-it-ticks-me-off wail that can be so upsetting for you both.

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  6. Oh how I would love to win this for number four on the way! I am planning to swaddle but don't yet have any blankets.

    My email can be reached via my blog info. Thanks!

  7. I swaddled my first all the time, such a life saver! We just used normal blankets though. This blanket looks awesome! I'd love to try it out on our next baby!

  8. How nice! Man I feel old, I always had to use the good old receiving blanket. lol. However, I now have a niece who demands being swaddled, this would be fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. I got pretty good at swaddling our daughter with a receiving blanket, but my husband never quite figured out how to do it tight enough. Maybe a blanket like this is exactly what he needs for the next little one.

  10. We were big fans of the Ultimate Swaddling Blanket with our daughter. It would be interesting to try this one out with baby number 2 who will be here soon.

  11. If I won this it would go to my friend who is having her first baby. I got the Miracle Blanket as a gift, but this looks just as good! Please randomly select me!!

  12. I would love to try the Loving Baby Swaddle Blanket. When my daughter was born, I tried to old fashion way, but I could never get the blanket to stay tight. This would be great!

  13. "Happy Holidays!" Please enter me in your wonderful contest! It would come in very handy. Thank-you, Cindi

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