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Swaddle products are essential for the safety and comfort of your newborn, but there are so many choices on the market. How do you know where to start?!
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 their mom’s belly. The swaddle is one of the fantastic 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 follow AAP safe sleep guidelines with your infant whenever they are asleep!1
I recommend having a variety because you never know what your baby will like! We had so many swaddles in our house. It seemed like our little one was constantly leaking out of his diaper (laundry alert!!), or he quickly changed preferences. We had to mix it up to get the best possible sleep since we all know that’s hard to come by with a newborn.
The great news is that swaddles are products you do not have to use for long. So your collection makes an excellent 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.”
This 2-in-1 Butterfly Swaddle is a great sleep training system because it’s both an organic swaddle and a transitional sleep sack. The mesh butterfly wings under the sleeves help promote better sleep for your baby and prevent their startle reflex. Our favorite part is that it also has a silent closure that allows you to make any adjustments quietly without waking your little one. Plus, the soft fabric and moisture-wicking material will keep them comfortable! Two big thumbs up from us.
When You’re Ready To Transition Out of a Swaddle
Your baby must be at least 12 pounds before safely fitting into this transitional product. We tried the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit as soon as our infant could safely wear it, and it quickly became an absolute favorite in our house. In the Merlin, we got our infant to sleep through the night! He never took to a pacifier, and he could access his thumb from the Merlin suit, which taught him to self-soothe. It is padded and helps calm their startle reflex until they grow out of it and are ready to move into a sleep sack.
There are so many swaddle options that it can be overwhelming, especially for first-time parents. Always follow AAP safe sleep guidelines when putting your infant to sleep for naps and nighttime. Hopefully, this guide helps you understand which will fit your little one well! Moms, have you tried any of these products with your baby? Which was your favorite?