learn the swaddle - a huggies post

I've been asked by BlogHer and Huggies to take some walks down memory lane and explore some (what I think will be) FUN subjects about babies and having them and getting ready for them and all the fun stuff that goes with THEM! I volunteered for this series for selfish reasons. I think it will be a great way to document some thoughts and feelings that maybe I haven't before but should have. I hope you will enjoy them, too!

Oh the swaddle. The wonderful, wonderful swaddle. My very favorite trick for getting a newborn to conk right out. The swaddle should be your first and last trick up your sleeve.

I tell ya, I've lost count of the number of times I've started to swaddle a baby, mid-cry, only to have them pass right out before I can get the last flap tucked in.

I've yet to meet a baby that doesn't respond immediately to the swaddle. If you have one of those babies who don't like it, bless your heart, I hope you have another trick that works just as well.

Some hints that might help you become a champion swaddler, which to some of your friends could be equal to the star of the party depending on how sleep deprived they are:

You want a blanket with some stretch to it. I've found that those waffle weave, thermal blankets work the best. You can see what I'm talking about in the photo above...Moses has a blue version of this same blanket...the best for swaddling.

Stay away from pre-made swaddlers. I tried a few varieties and they never worked as well as my trusty yellow (or blue) blanket. This may sound terrible, but they just didn't get tight enough and the key to a good swaddle is to get it nice and tight.

Start with a blanket laid out flat on the floor. Fold one corner down about a third or so of the way. Lay baby in the center with the top of his shoulders just above the fold.

Tuck one arm down by his side and fold that corner of the blanket over his body and tuck snugly under the opposite side of his body. You want to make it nice and tight...like a good burrito.

Fold the bottom corner up. Tuck the opposite arm in on his side and wrap the blanket (about here they should conk out) around and tuck in behind.

It's important for it to be tight to be good; a loose swaddle is as worthless as wet toilet paper.

And that's it! I hope it proves to be as useful to you as it has been to me. Was the swaddle as good for you?
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