Post # 1
My SIL swears by it and has given me the ‘Happiest Baby on the Block’ book and DVD, along with these swaddle sacks:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Infant-Swaddle-Pod-Ivory/dp/B003FUZF98/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1373801276&sr=8-1&keywords=Summer+infant+swaddle.
I’ve also heard things that are less glowing, though, like that it can cause hip displaysia and that babies can overheat. Really wanting to hear from others who know their stuff and have done their research! Will/do you swaddle, and why/why not? If so, how do you swaddle safely, especially using pods like the ones my SIL sent? Should I zip them in with just a diaper or what?
Post # 3
@UK Bride: i usually only swaddle the first month. the swaddle pouches are nice! they make them for older babies too, but i never used them cause my babies dont like being tied down.
it does make them over heat, just put the baby in with just a diaper on. the swaddle pouches are loose on the hips and legs, lessoning the hip displasment worry. theres no telling. your baby may love them, or just plain hate them and will scream till you take them out.
Post # 4
@UK Bride: Good questions.
I have one on the way and plan to try to swaddle. From what I have read, as the PP said, it shouldnt be in addition to clothes, but in placement of their night clothes. so just a diaper underneath. the over heating is often as a result of swaddling over other layers.
As for hip displasia its a result of improper swaddling with the legs straightened. The hips and legs should be in a sort of straddle position for proper positioning.
Post # 5
We swaddle. She wears a diaper and short sleeve onesie underneath. We’ve been using a modified swaddle technique that leaves baby’s legs free. Google “double swaddle” if you’re curious.
Post # 6
We’ve been swaddling our little guy (3 weeks old) because he won’t settle down otherwise. We’ve slowly been weaning him from it though by leaving out one arm for a few days, then leaving out his second arm. We should be able to move to a sleep sack soon without too many issues but he still gets worked up if he can move his legs around too much. The goal is to no longer need the swaddle soon though. Our prenatal class instructor was saying that swaddling is no longer recommended because it might increase the risk of SIDS but many many many, if not all, babies are swaddled when they are infants especially in hospital so we decided to go ahead and swaddle anyway since he sleeps in our room which is suppose to lessen the risk of SIDS/ allows me to check on him several times a night.
We keep the house pretty cool with the air conditioning, especially right now because we’ve been in a heat wave, so we have a normal sleeper on him and then swaddled in a receiving blanket but I check his temperature everytime I nurse him (3-4 times a night) and he’s never been too warm.
Post # 7
We use the halo sleep sack swaddles. It’s an absolute must for my 3 1/2 week old son. He flails his arms and startles himself a lot which would mean no sleep for him or us. And depending on the temperature in our room we put him in with only a diaper or else a diaper and short sleeve onesie. Our hospital uses them for every baby all day long. He was always in a fleece one and a long sleeve kimono shirt and diaper. My OB and our pediatrician all highly recommend them.
Post # 8
We used halo sleep sacks until he would break free. From then on we broke him of swaddling about 4 months old if remember right.
Post # 9
I swaddled my kids in regular blankets but like those sleep sacks/swaddle me’s too. I never heard anythign bad about swaddling…
Post # 10
I didn’t know there were negatives to swaddling. I just spent like $40 on those A+A blankets 😐
Post # 11
We swaddle my son almost every night (he is 4 weeks old) but he usually breaks free by the morning but it really helps him initially to settle down since he is such a squirmer. I can never get tight enough so my husband does it. My LO would wake himself up otherwise by being startled. We also use the “Swaddle Me” blankets and those work well too but I worry he gets hot in them.
Post # 12
we swaddled until he was about 4 months old. after that, we used wearable blankets. i would have continuing swaddling, but he likes to roll over and sleep on his belly and it didn’t seem safe to have his arms all bundled anymore. plus he’s a lot better at self-soothing now.
Post # 13
We swaddled dd for the first 2months or so. I never used the swaddle pouches just a really lightweight receiving blanket. She slept sooo well that way.
Post # 14
@UK Bride: I never swaddled tight enough to displace anything. I would not swaddle a baby in the hot summer months. I did swaddle my newborns if they seemed to like it, but none of them liked it for very long. Not all babies love swaddling. My first hated any kind of restriction. He screamed every time I laid him down in the basinette, forget swaddling. I ended up putting his full size crib together at 2am (while he screamed) when he was 2 months old. As soon as I laid him down in it he went right to sleep. I preferred the, dang I forgot what they’re called, blanket sleeper? I dunno, it’s like a dress, but it’s closed on the bottom. Anyway, all my babies seemed to like them and it kept them warm enough.
Post # 15
We swaddled with the velcro swaddle blankets for the first month(ish)… she hated, and I mean LOATHED not having her arms free. However, she would sometimes flail in her sleep, hitting herself in the face and thus waking up.
Swaddling helped us establish good sleep habits and a nice bedtime routine (from about 6-8 weeks old she was able to sleep by herself, in her crib in her room, all night, every night). She now knows how to find her thumb or hand and can soothe herself back to sleep if she wakes up in the middle of the night, so we leave her arms free and use the Halo sleep sack as an alternative to a blanket.
Post # 16
@UK Bride: My daughter really did not like being swaddled. Not even in the hospital..so I never really bothered.