What did you use to swaddle your baby?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

pittgirl4:  We swaddled to sleep until DD started trying to roll over.  At that point, they could potentially roll over and get stuck, risking suffocation.  I used the velcro swaddle blankets, regular receiving blankets, and Halo fleece sleep sacks.  We swaddled until she started trying to roll (much later than 8 weeks, FWIW)

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN

pittgirl4:  I tried to just use receiving blankets, like the Aden and Anais, but my kids did not like being swaddled after about a week or so. They would break free and move their arms around.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I tried receiving blankets, the Aden and Anais, Swaddle Me’s, and the Miracle Blanket.

The swaddleme’s didn’t really work for us because she could turn to her side very easily in them.  She was basically rolling from side to side in her crib as soon as I put her down in them.  So it wasn’t very helpful with going to sleep.

The receiving blankets worked okay, but I was always worried about them becoming a hazard even though our pediatrician said they were fine to use.  As much as I tried she was able to break out of them consistently by about 3 weeks.

I love the Aden and Anais blankets, but not for swaddling.  She broke out of those easier than the receiving blankets.  I think they have more stretch than the typical flannel receiving blankets so maybe that is why?  But I use them all the time in her car seat for going out shopping or on walks.  They’re great lightweight blankets.

The Miracle Blanket is really my favorite.  It keeps her arms at her sides so she can’t roll to her side in it (unlike the SwaddleMes).  She is only 6 weeks though, but hasn’t come close to being able to get out of it.  Unsure if that will change as she gets older.

I don’t think you would need more than about 3 blankets or swaddle me’s though (I end up having to do some laundry every 3 days or so anyway).  So if you got more than that just for swaddling I would return some.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

We used the Velcro Swaddle me sleep sacks. We also used them until she started rolling, probably until she was about 5 months.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

Every baby is different. You can swaddle them until they start rolling, which often happens later than 8 weeks (but can happen earlier). We loved the Swaddle Me wraps, and mourned the day that LO learned to roll and we had to stop using them!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We used the swaddlemes for like the first week or two then changed to just a fleece baby blanket. We still swaddlhi him (our 3 month old) in the fleece blanket. It prefers it and so do I. No matter what you get, you don’t need more than two. 

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

pittgirl4:  my DD is 3 months and we still swaddle. At first we used the hospital receiving blankets – they’re the best for swaddling in my opinion! Once she got bigger and started breaking out of the swaddle we use. Swaddlemes. We are still using these but she’s starting to almost roll over in them at night so we will have to transition out soon. 

We have 3 swaddlemes and it’s plenty. You’ll be doing laundry every 2-3 days!

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Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We used a Woombie which I love because it lets the baby have his/her hands together and have natural arm movement while providing the comfort of a swaddle.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper

You can swaddle until they roll. It’s a hard habit to break, my DD loved being swaddled but would break out of it no matter what (then cry because she wanted to still be swaddled). We ended up double swaddling her, then to wean her we would swaddle with 1 arm out and then down to both arms out (in a sleepsack swaddle). It worked, now she’s 4m and doesn’t need to sleep in one at all.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We used the halo swaddled me things for the first couple weeks. They have us two (we have twins) in the hospital and we thought they were so dandy we bought another set. But the boys rapidly put on weight and the weather became sweltering and now they are over 4 weeks old and the sleep sacks just hanging in the closet. We have been using the new type swaddle receiving ballets that have that cheesecloth texture but the boys easily break out of them so we mostly just swaddle them from the chest down in those. I miss hiw secure and cute they look I the halo sleep sacks, keep hoping the weather cools so I can use them before they grow out of them. 

I also don’t think you need tons of them…they don’t get dirty that easily…

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Lyndzo:  when did you start transitioning out? How was her startle reflex when you started the transition?

Post # 14
cherrypieBee
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

We tried everything and the only one that keeps her arms in is the Halo sleep sack swaddle. She hates the swaddle pods and can break out of everything else in 2 minutes flat once she gets worked up. Maybe I’m using the miracle blanket wrong but she can squirm out of that too. At 4 weeks she’s just over 8 Lbs. She also seems to be able to roll to her side regardless, so she may just be extra tenacious.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Just throwing this out there…we swaddled for maybe a week tops. I honestly think it helped dd to sleep better in the long run because we never had to transition her out of the swaddle. We did use the Halo sleep sacks which were great, but they have holes so her arms were free to move.

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