Confused about blankets, swaddling, sleepsacks, argh! help!

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

oh i asked what the difference was too! my friend said sometimes its personal taste – some babies don’t like one or the other (eg her baby only liked sleep sacks and loathed being swaddled) and other people use swaddling initially and sleep sacks after a few months

a receiving blanket can be used for swaddling. so i think its the same thing?!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I used a Woombie when he was little, I didn’t like the way swaddle blankets forced his arms into one position.  We used that until he was about 4 months old and was ready to transition.  Then we switched to a Magic Merlin sleep suit, which was super comfy for him and awesome.  We used that until he didn’t fit in it anymore.  I used receiving blankets as spit up shoulder blankets LOL.  I used other blankets for floor play or when I was going to hold him for a while or for in the car (well tucked).  I used a sleep sack… I think once.  He just didn’t care for it.

I also used a carseat canopy and an uddercover, which some people use blankets instead, but man did I love both of those!

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

@babycakes24:  You’re gonna need more than 4 recieving blankets (IMO). I used those bad boys for EVERYTHING. They were swaddlers, blankets, burp rags, spit up catchers, they went under him at tummy time, they covered him in his carseat when it was chilly. Now that he’s older I use them as cloth diapers and wipes. I felt like I could not have enough recieving blankets! Plus I believe they come in a pack of four for pretty cheap! 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@babycakes24:  Every mom I know ends up using recieving blankets to wipe up spit up, as makeshift changing pads, as drool catchers…. they are always within reach when things meant for that specific purpose are not. My sister had 5 when the baby was born and washed every single one every day, so I made her another 5 and kept buying more when they were on sale… So I’d personally register for more of them, unless you have sewer/crafty friends who are likely to make lots. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@babycakes24:  i think lots of blankets are the way forward, and ill probably stock up on recieving blankets before feb. unless i panic and buy multiples of everything hahaha. goodness, i feel like all this baby stuff is a complete mystery to me haha

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@babycakes24:  How many are in the pack of swaddling blankets? Because if it turns out your kid likes to be swaddled you’ll want those lighter blankets for the summer months. I’d get maybe two (I thought they were in packs of two) and still double the recieving. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

@babycakes24:  If your baby REALLY likes to be swaddled I would get those AND get at least double the recieving blankets. My baby didn’t really care whether he was swaddled or not so I didn’t need muslin swaddlers. But for some babies those are life savers! 

I don’t know if this is helpful but, I didn’t register for any recieving blankets(that I can remember) and got plenty as gifts at my shower. Those and clothes made up the majority of my gifts. You may get plenty either way. 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Dont have a baby yet, but my friend  LOVED the Aden & Anais swaddle blankets. She swears they are the best. My sister loved them too. 

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@babycakes24:  You only need two heavier blankets, really. I mean, unless you plan on taking them out in the snow often. 😛 Two because they might puke on one when you still need one. 

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