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  • Give Your Baby the Safest Sleep Possible!

    Give Your Baby the Safest Sleep Possible!

    Give Your Baby the Safest Sleep Possible

    And make your life easier!

    By Taryn Skinner

     

    The benefit of swaddling a newborn is not a new discovery. Parents have been swaddling their babies for thousands of years.  By wrapping your little one like a burrito, you can settle their startle reflex and provide them with the comfort they had in the womb. But the art of swaddling requires a lot of practice. Sometimes, you just can’t wrap your baby effectively.

     

    Not All Blankets are Created Equal

    Experienced swaddlers make wrapping a baby look simple.  Many parents are embarrassed when they just cannot get their baby wrapped up snuggly.  Swaddling is a skill that take lots of practice to master. 

    You must fold the blanket just so, place the baby, tuck the fabric ever so tightly, and fight against your surprisingly strong newborn.  But it doesn’t have to be this hard!

    By using a specialized swaddle blanket instead of a large square blanket to wrap your baby, you can make your life easier and increase how safe and sound your baby sleeps.

     

    The New Way to Swaddle

    Specialized swaddles often have a pouch for your baby’s legs and a system to securely wrap their arms.  By securing a baby in a specialized wrap, you increase safety and save time. 

    Swaddles are more efficient at keeping babies wrapped up tight and stretchy fabrics let baby adjust, without startling themselves.  By using a wrap that is secured with velcro, you can make sure your baby remains comfortably sleeping, as long as possible. 

     

    The Escape Artist

    Anyone who has swaddled their baby in a large blanket has seen how talented they are when it comes to escaping their burrito prison!  When a baby breaks out of the wrapping of a large blanket, it can be dangerous.

    Babies under the age of one should not have blankets or toys in bed with them.  Extra fabric can decrease airflow, leading to a higher risk of SIDs.  Swaddle blankets are much better at keeping your little one wrapped up. 

    Additionally, specialized swaddles come in specific sizes.  So, if your little Houdini does manage to escape, there is no unnecessary fabric. 

     

    The Easiest Night Wakings Around

    When your newborn wakes every two hours to be fed and changed, the last thing you want to do is deal with an oversized blanket.  With a specialized swaddle blanket you simple un-velcro, change their nappy, and re-velcro.  It’s that simple!  No fumbling around in the dark with a large swath of fabric! 

    The quicker you get your baby wrapped snuggly, the quicker you can get some much-needed rest.

     

    The New Necessity

    While the practice of swaddling babies dates back thousands of years, the invention of an easier way to wrap them is relatively new.

     Save yourself the time and hassle of wrapping your baby in a blanket and invest in a set of soft, breathable swaddles.  Swaddles made of bamboo offer unmatched breathability, are antimicrobial, and are incredibly gentle on your baby’s skin.  Give your baby and yourself the gift of restful, safe sleep.

  • Eight Ways to Help Your Baby Have the Best Night’s Sleep

    Eight Ways to Help Your Baby Have the Best Night’s Sleep

    Eight Ways to Help Your Baby Have the Best Night’s Sleep

    Helpful tips to make sure everyone sleeps well.

    By Taryn Skinner

     

    After giving your baby a bath, you dress him in his pajamas and place him in his cot.  He quickly falls asleep, not waking again until morning.  Wouldn’t that be great?  Truthfully, babies are born without the ability to self soothe, and need help learning how to sleep effectively.

     

    1. Practice a Routine

    By having a consistent bedtime routine, you make it easier for your baby to know when it is time for sleep.  Try a calming bath and a reading of his favorite book.  Keep things quiet and remove as much stimulus as you can.  You should allow your baby to have lots of time to play during the day so that he doesn’t have excess energy when it comes time for bed. Figure out what works for you! Some babies are energized by a bath! If that’s the case, move bath time to earlier in the day and replace it with some rocking or singing.

     

    1. Put Baby Down Drowsy, but Awake

    Putting your baby down while he is still awake should be practiced from birth.  If your baby becomes dependent on nursing or rocking in order to fall sleep, he may have trouble sleeping as he gets older.  By putting him down awake, he can learn to self soothe and ultimately drift off into dreamland.

     

    1. Allow your Baby Time to Settle

    When your little one cries it is hard to ignore!  While you should always be attentive to your baby’s needs, you should not rush to them at the slightest movement or sound.  If you do this, you run the risk of waking a baby who was in the middle of self-soothing.  It is very possible that they will fall back asleep on their own.  Give your baby 5 minutes or so to fuss, allowing them to learn self-soothing techniques.

     

    1. Keep Baby’s Room Cool and Dark

    Keeping a baby’s room cool and dark helps them stay comfortable and sleep longer.  If rooms are hot and humid your baby can get too warm.  This could keep them from reaching deeper sleep. Try adding a fan to circulate air. Nightlights are okay, but avoid having them too close to your baby, even a dim light might be too bright depending on its location.

     

    1. Dress Baby Appropriately

    Newborns should be dressed in one more layer than you are. Depending on temperature, most newborns can sleep in a footed onesie alone, or layered with a wearable blanket or swaddle.  In warmer months, if you wish to swaddle or put a blanket on your baby, you may want to change what they have on underneath. Remember,  how warm a baby’s feet or hands are is not a good indicator of how warm they are.  Babies have bad circulation, check the nape of their neck, if they are sweating chances are you need to remove a layer.

     

    1. Try Some White Noise

    White noise machines and sound machines can be used to block out unwelcome sound in baby’s room.  Some white noise can emulate the sounds that your baby heard in the womb, creating a comforting environment.  There is no need to be extra quiet when your baby is sleeping, but if you are worried about noise outside such as people or traffic, a white noise machine can help drown them out.

     

    1. Try a Pacifier or Swaddle

    Each baby is different, so what works for one may not work for the next.  Some babies benefit from having a pacifier, it fulfills their natural desire to suck to calm themselves.  Some babies are happy to sleep in just a onesie, but others are constantly woken up by their startle reflex.  The use of a swaddle can calm this reflex and keep baby comfortable.

     

    1. Keep Nighttime Care Boring

    It might be temping to pull out your phone and scroll through social media when your baby wakes at night but doing this can disrupt their ability to fall back asleep.  Keep nighttime feedings and changings boring.  Avoid using your phone or having extra lights on.  Make sure baby knows that nighttime is not playtime!

     

     

    Getting babies to sleep is one of the biggest obstacles new parents face. By starting healthy sleep habits early, you can train your baby to get great sleep. Each baby is unique and what works for one may not work for the next.  Just remember that there is nothing wrong with holding your baby, nursing your baby, or rocking your baby in order to get them to sleep, get those baby cuddles in while you can!  Your baby will be an independent toddler before you know it.  Find out what works for you and don’t be afraid to follow your instincts!