Swaddling, baby sacks…guide me, experienced Moms!!

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

There is nothing really between swaddling and sleeping bags and SIDS, as long as the baby’s face is uncovered its fine. Some babies prefer Muslin wraps for swaddling cause they like beiing a little more confined and others prefer sleeping bags as their hands aren’t restricted and they can move a liittle more. My twins hated swaddling  and sleeping bags (we ended up with heaps of muslin wraps that I used a breastfeeding wraps). So I would buy a few and see how bub likes it cause at the end of the day….happy bub equals happy mummy!!! A special care nursery nurse told me that whatever temperature you feel  add an extra layer for bub if your concerned about overheating. I I am sorry to tell you but it’s all a guessing game of a while!! The SIDS guidelines are below :

1. Sleep baby on the back from birth, not on the tummy or side 

2. Sleep baby with head and face uncovered 

3. Keep baby smoke free before birth and after 

4. Provide a safe sleeping environment night and day 

5. Sleep baby in their own safe sleeping place in the same room as an adult caregiver for the first six to twelve months 

6. Breastfeed baby 

 

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I forgot to mention that you can baby monitors that come with sensor pads to place under the mattress and if the bub stops breathing it sets off an alarm. It might be useful to look into get one of those if you are concerned. And when buying stuff keep in mind that you will probably be washing once a day as they tend to be pretty messy!!! 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We love the sleep sacks, and they’re a lot harder to wriggle out of that a swaddled blanket. Two per size is fine, and if he manages to dirty both in one night, then we just swaddle until morning, but that doesn’t happen much. I definitely recommend the Halo sleep sacks, but you can always start with one and see what you like. We do swaddles during the day, just with big (3′ x 4′) flannel blankets. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Not a super experienced mum (my twins are only 5 months old) but re swaddles vs sleep sacks, we did both at different stages. The babies enjoyed swaddling for about 4 weeks and then got really angry being swaddled, so we switched to the sacks, which they now love. I think babies have to be a certain weight before using the sacks, though… 

I’d say to see how your baby does and not invest in anything too heavily before they’re born. For summer babies, Aden and Anais make great lightweight swaddles and sleep sacks. You can also get those Summer Infant Swaddle Pods if you don’t fancy the work of swaddling (though saying that, our girls hated the pods!). It’s just about what agrees with your kids, I think. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

We started out swaddling with I think Carter’s swaddle blankets. It got annoying, though, to do diaper changes, and baby woke up while being reswaddled. Someone gifted us a SwaddleMe sleepsack, and we’ve been rocking them since about week 3…. She’s seven weeks now. We went two weeks without swaddling at all, and she slept pretty well. 

The reason the sleepsack works for us it because she startle reflex is in arms, not legs. The sack allows us to tightly manage her arms. If your baby’s legs bother him, you’ll need to us a swaddle blanket for the tighter swaddle. 

I wouldn’t bother with the baby night gowns, but I would get 2-4 swaddle blankets (we also stole the hospitals receiving blankets, ha) and 1-2 sleep sacks to use until you find out what works for your babe. I had no idea the sleepsack would rock so much. We just got a got Halo sleep sacks, but we haven’t tried them yet. I would say stick with the SwaddleMe for a newborn. 

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Too be honest you can never have too many wraps – I used mine from swaddling to cover myself while feeding a light rugs when we went for walks in the summer time. Also as spare cloths for when they had an accident so you can’t have too many!!! My twins never had a sleeping sack as They hated anything fitting (I think it had something to do with them spending a womb together and being squashed!!!) I’d start with buying 2 sleep sacks and see how you go….it’s always something that you can do Target or Kmart and buy if your bub does like it.  I know this a time when you just want answers and know that your prepared and Ready but until bub comes and you work them out will you have the answers!!! 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

It definitely depends on your baby! I would say not to buy too much of any one thing because your baby may not like that option. For instance, some babies hate to be swaddled, some love it! This is what we did:

Birth – 6 weeks: swaddled in either a halo swaddle sack, swaddleme, or woombie. I liked the woombie the best, but we used the others as backup. These were all cotton, I just changed what she wore underneath (sleeper, onesie, etc.) depending on temperature. She was born in September so it was HOT. After those first few days when she needed a little help to keep herself warm, she pretty much slept in a onesie and her swaddle.

6 weeks – 18 weeks: Baby Merlin Magic Sleepsuit. My daughter was ready to be unswaddled, but would still flail herself awake in just a sleepsack/wearable blanket. This thing allows them to move their arms and legs, but minimizes the startle reflex. It was awesome. She just wore a onesie underneath. It looks thick and warm, but she never once woke up sweaty.

18 weeks – now (20 weeks): sleepsack/wearable blanket. My daughter can roll both ways easily now, and I can tell she wants to move more to make herself comfortable, so a sleepsack is perfect because her arms are totally free. We have 2 cotton and 2 fleece. Cotton for warmer nights and fleece for cooler nights.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Evie19:  I think what you are registered for sounds good! That way you can try different options, and depending on what your baby likes the most, you can buy more!

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