Swaddle products are so important for the safety and comfort of your newborn, but there are so many choices on the market. How do you know where to start?!
Why is swaddling important?
Swaddling gives your newborn the sense that they are still in the womb by keeping their arms tight to their sides and providing a snug and secure feeling. Newborn babies need lots of help transitioning from the comfort and safety of mom’s belly. The swaddle is one of the amazing products that can help your baby transition to the outside world.
Swaddles also encourage safe sleep for newborns. In a swaddle, a newborn will lay on its back. They are also tightly wrapped in the swaddle, as blankets are a suffocation hazard. Always be sure to follow AAP safe sleep guidelines with your infant every time that they are asleep!
How do I choose a swaddle?
I recommend that you have a variety on hand because you never know what your baby will like! We had so many swaddles in our house. It seemed like our little one was always leaking out of his diaper (laundry alert!!), or he quickly changed preferences. So we had to mix it up so that we all got the best possible sleep since we all know that it is hard to come by with a newborn.
The great news is that swaddles are products you do not have to use for a long time. So your collection makes a great hand-me-down for friends or family members with newborns. I handed down my swaddle collection to two of my long-time best friends who had babies just a few months after I did. We affectionately now call ourselves “the sisterhood of the traveling swaddles.”