The SwaddleMe, however, has something Jesus’ mother Mary had never seen: Velcro. It keeps even the most determined little one snugly wrapped.
Besides the obvious benefit of keeping the baby warm without the danger of suffocation from blankets, swaddling also helps babies sleep better. You’ve seen babies startle themselves awake, their arms raising quickly? It’s called the startle reflex. They usually grow out of it between four to six months, but until then, swaddling can help keep babies from waking themselves up.
It took me a few days to decide to try the SwaddleMe with Ruth. But it wasn’t long before we wouldn’t leave home without it. Whether sleeping on the couch at Papa and Nanna’s, in the bassinet at Grandpa and Grandma’s, in the playpen at her uncle and aunts’, or in the cradle at home, Ruth always knew it was naptime when we swaddled her up. Once I left Ruth with her Aunt Jessica, and was gone longer than I had planned. I came back to a very tired little girl, who was quite fussy and past ready for her nap. I swaddled her up, and she instantly let out a big sigh, closed her eyes, and went to sleep. If we’d only had a video, it would have been the perfect advertisement for SwaddleMe!
We’ve since discovered there are multiple brands of swaddles and wearable blankets. I would have tried the Halo Sleep Sack when Ruth grew out of her first Kiddopotamus SwaddleMe, but the Sleep Sack only has the optional Swaddle in the first size. At 6 pounds 10 ounces, Ruth was almost too small for the size small SwaddleMe, though (they had a preemie size, but I hadn’t bought it, expecting to have a bigger baby!). With the SwaddleMe brand, it’s important to have the right size so the baby doesn’t wriggle down inside the blanket. It has the advantage over the Wearable Blanket, however, of not having to fit their arms through sleeves at bedtime. Ruth quickly grew too tall for the size small (I think it shrunk, even though I hung it out to dry every time), kicking the feet pocket open and waking herself up with one foot in, one foot out. We chose the fleece fabric in the size large SwaddleMe, and the stretchy fleece seemed to give her a little more room to squirm without bursting the Velcro open–plus it has a bit more give as I wrap her up.
I know our little girl will soon be past the startle reflex stage, but I think we will keep swaddling her until she becomes strong enough to “Houdini” her way out. It keeps her warm and cozy at night, and I don’t have to worry about her working her way under blankets.
Yes, everyone laughs at our little green “glow worm” daughter, teasing us about putting our child in a straight jacket. But they don’t laugh at the fact that she’s slept through the night since she was almost three months old (for which I credit not only the SwaddleMe, but having her on a routine).
We like the BundleMe from the J.J. Cole Collection, too… But didn’t I tell you not to get me started?