I’ve definitely become the “mom” of my friends. I carry snacks at all times, I count aloud when I want someone to listen to me, and when anyone finds out they’re pregnant, I am the one that gets asked about what they need. It is a badge of honor I am proud to have, as I think it’s completely fair to have the right artillery of things to make the adventure in parenting as happy and easy-going as possible.
I will eventually compile a list of my “baby registry must-haves,” (oooh, I already can’t wait, baby stuff is so fun!) but in the meantime, I will share a little item that I’ve been using for Sadie that I wish I had when Hadley was a baby…the Woombie!
First off, I’ve yet to experience either of my babies not wanting to be swaddled, but there are the rare newborns/infants that don’t want a swaddle. There are a few main types of swaddles out there: the Muslin swaddles, Velcro swaddles, and then the zip-up swaddles.
Muslin: I love love love the Aden & Anais swaddle blankets for their versatility (a light blanket for anytime, they fold up very small, an improv burp cloth, even an improv nursing cover…and they’re pretty!) but once your baby starts to get wiggly, I can almost guarantee you won’t be able to keep an arm in there. I still use the blankets for all of the above things, but actually swaddling your baby to sleep through nap-time and bedtime is another story.
Velcro: This is what we used with Hadley until she was done being swaddled. The most popular ones are the brand Summer Infant SwaddleMe. These definitely did the trick, but over time, the Velcro can wear down, the sound of undoing Velcro in the middle of the night can wake up your baby, and sometimes an arm still gets out! We stopped using this kind, because Sadie would wiggle her arm out, wake up, and thus, the entire purpose of the swaddle was negated.
Zip-up: The Woombie (or Peanut Swaddle) is the zip-up one we bought the second time around for our little Sadie. I will admit, it is a bit peculiar looking (a mixture between making your baby look like a caterpillar and/or in a straight-jacket) but, it is ahhh-mazing! No twisting, no folding, no Velcro-ing, just lay the baby in it, snap the top snap, and gently zip it up! The moment I begin zipping it up, Sadie instantly begins to quiet down…every time! She is able to slightly move her arms and hands inside the swaddle, without them getting out. She no longer wakes herself up in the middle of the night by escaping out of the swaddle. I even opted for the version with mesh in the front, so she doesn’t overheat. We couldn’t be happier with the Woombie, and we will be using it until she shows signs she is done being swaddled. We got ours at BuyBuy Baby, but you can definitely get them off of, you guessed it…Amazon. 🙂
*My husband suggested I add: last night, he changed Sadie’s diaper while she was still asleep in her Woombie. He simply unzipped the bottom zipper up to her waist (there are two zippers at the bottom,) and changed her diaper…all without her waking up! Love it! 🙂
Happy Friday to you!