Hello parents! Welcome back to this week’s blog post! Today we are talking all things Swaddles. What is a swaddle? How many swaddles do I need? Are swaddles necessary?
Let me just start off by saying, little baby burritos, okay? Sometimes I wish that I could be wrapped up like a burrito when I sleep – kidding (sort of). Let’s get right into it, parents! Shall we continue? Let’s do it!
What In The Heck Is A Swaddle?
To my surprise, a lot of people don’t actually know what a swaddle is! Trust me on this! You may have heard of swaddling a baby; what does it even mean?
To put it simply, swaddles are blankets that are used to wrap up your newborn nice and snuggly when they are sleeping, so they do not unravel their hands and feet. And for starters, swaddling blankets are a super popular gift for expecting moms to receive.
Swaddle blankets are typically larger in shape with a two-winged design that can easily cover your little bundle of joy. Swaddle blankets are made of super stretchy material that allows you to easily tuck your little one in.
Swaddling your little one helps them feel calm, safe, and secure when you aren’t there to hold them during their first couple months of life.
Another option that parents often use instead of a swaddle blanket is what we call a receiving blanket. These are also trendy gifts that are given to expecting moms.
Receiving blankets are typically made of a delicate and light fabric usually made out of cotton, muslin, or flannel and usually rectangle-shaped. While you can still swaddle your baby using a receiving blanket, just make sure to wrap them up super tight, so they can’t wiggle around.
I personally liked swaddling blankets more because of the stretch in the fabric they are made of. This is especially helpful when your children are super fussy like mine were. I swear they were always trying to break free!
How Many Swaddles Do You Need?
As a rule of thumb, I would say you will need anywhere from 5 – 10 swaddles. That may seem like a lot; however, it depends on how many times a week you want to do laundry.
I personally used 2-3 a day and had backups on hand just if the others were in the wash. You also want to consider how many times you want to use the same swaddle blanket before tossing it in the wash.
Trust me, it’s always good to have too many than be scrambling to find an extra that’s lying around the house!
How Long Should I Swaddle My Newborn
As a rule of thumb, newborns are typically swaddled up to the 3-4 month mark, or until they are able to roll over themselves.
It’s important to stop swaddling your baby as soon as they start rolling over, as it could be potentially dangerous for them if they are unable to use their arms.
Do I have to Swaddle My Baby?
This is entirely up to the parents; however, many parents choose to swaddle their baby instead of putting them in their crib with a loose blanket for safety precautions.
It’s important to remember that swaddling is excellent for babies because it makes them feel safe and cozy. It keeps them warm throughout the night, and you don’t have to worry about the flailing their arms in their sleep.
Best Swaddle Blankets: My Top 3 Choice
In case you are looking into buying swaddle blankets as gifts for expecting parents or looking to put gifts onto your baby register, here are some of my favorite swaddle blankets you should take a look at!
One of the reasons why I love the Halo sleepsack is because it not only comes in a variety of different patterns, it also comes in other fabrics that you can switch out during each season.
The swaddle itself has a zipper up the middle and adjustable fasteners that keep the saddle in place.
SwddleMe Original Swaddle
This is the classic option when it comes to saddle blankets. The blankets come with a velcro that secures the swaddle in place, and it is made up of 100% breathable cotton.
The nice thing about these swaddles is that they come in two different size choices, so you can transition your baby into a larger one as they begin to grow.
Arms Up Swaddle: Love to Dream Swaddle UP
Did you know that some babies naturally feel more secure when their arms are raised above their heads? Some babies even prefer to sleep this way!
If this is the case, you’re your baby, this swaddle is the perfect choice for you. It has a zipper down the front and comes in different sizes and colors as well.
And there you have it, parents! We’ve made it to the end of our post once again. Remember, the choice of using a swaddle versus a receiving blanket is entirely up to you as a parent.
I personally like the swaddles because my babies moved around a lot when they were little; however, yours might stay perfectly still in their sleep without a care in the world.
Remember, you will want to wrap them up as tight as you can so they feel safe and cozy throughout the night.
If you have any questions or comments about swaddles or receiving blankets, drop a comment down below in the comment box!
I want to know your preference and if you have a favorite brand that you chose when you had your baby! We’re all about sharing useful information in this community, and I love to hear from you guys every week!
Until next time parents –it’s been a blast as always! Bye for now, moms and dads!
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