Most mothers are taught to swaddle newborns using standard hospital style blankets. But once the newborn arrives, they quickly realize the common problem with hospital standard swaddle blankets: There is no such thing as a “standard” newborn! Any new mother will tell that you newborns are pre-wined with their own specific preferences and personalities, right down to the way they love to be swaddled. Although many newborns will kick and squirm their way out of the standard swaddles, they do crave the security and the snugness a baby swaddle wrap provides.
Swaddling accomplishes many things. First it mimics the comfortable feeling of being snugged in the womb which helps him feel calm and comforted. Secondly it keeps the baby warm without any dangerously loose fabrics which can be a suffocation risk. And finally, it keeps the baby’s arms tight to the sides which prevents startle reflex from waking them up. Here are some things to consider when choosing a baby swaddle wrap.
There are mainly 2 types of swaddles, Modern zip-ups swaddle bags and traditional wraps. Modern zip up swaddle bags have zippers that secure the baby from escaping. They come in many different sizes and interesting features and most of them can be used from weaning through to swaddling. Unlike traditional wraps, modern zip-up swaddle bags save parents the hassle and time of wrapping and unwrapping the baby which makes them easier to use. All you have to do is unzip it, place your baby and zip up and you are good to go! So if you are looking for something that is easy to use, modern zip-ups will be your best bet.
If you live in a region where the climate is mild to moderate or experiencing changeable climatic conditions, consider using an all seasons swaddle. They can be worn throughout the year and because a parent uses them more, they will save more too!
Muslin and cotton are the 2 main materials used to make baby swaddles because they are breathable, easy to wash/dry and soft. Bamboo is also gaining popularity because of its absorbability and softness. Nonetheless, Organic cotton is the healthiest and the best choice you can make for your young one. It is more breathable, durable and softer than conventional cotton because they are grown without pesticides or chemicals. In addition, not only is it gently on your newborn, it is also friendly to the environment.
The standard size swaddle wraps sold in many shops are about 80cm by 80cm. But this is too small to wrap any baby (even a newborn). It is the main reason babies escape from their wrapping. For newborns go for a 1m by 1m wrap. This will allow you to wrap the baby securely and it will fit well up to 3 months. For babies that are over 2 months, choose at least 120 cm by 120 cm.
Choosing what is right for you
Which baby swaddle wrap will be best for both you and your baby? Every newborn is different, so you might need to experiment for some time to find the wrap that is the best fit. Figure out how your baby sleeps and how your baby moves. And do not be afraid to go for a baby swaddle wrap that is cute on your young one and looks adorable!
Finally, if your baby is older than four months, swaddle them during sleep but not during other activities. In addition, if the baby has hip dysplasia or other hip conditions, swaddling can worsen that, so check with a pediatrician.
|Small||3-6 months||24-28 inches||~12-19lbs|
|Medium||6-12 months||29-32 inches||~19-26lbs|
|Large||12-24 months||33-40 inches||~26-34lbs|
|12-24m||1-3 years||up to 39 inches||~26-34lbs|
|2/3T||3-6 years||up to 48 inches||~34-49lbs|
|4/5T||6-10 years||up to 56 inches||~49-87lbs|