Looking for a large swaddle blanket?

Large swaddle blankets are great! Having the extra length on the blanket can come in handy when you are trying to swaddle your newborn.  First, the extra cloth will make it easier to pull and tug to create a nice secure swaddle. The extra portion of the blanket can be easily tucked away to the side as part of the swaddle. The excess is great for growing babies as well, so the blanket can grow your newborn.

The largest swaddle blankets, I’ve seen is from Aden & Anais and they come in 47”x47” size. The 2nd largest blanket swaddle blanket that I’ve seen is 46” x 46” and Swaddle design calls them the Ultimate swaddling blanket.

The larger size swaddle blankets can come in handy for other things when your newborn is just too big for them.  You can find read more reviews about swaddle blankets at http://www.BestSwaddleBlanket.com

Is swaddling is bad for baby’s hip?

The short answer is a big potential,”YES.”  If swaddling is not done properly, then parents could be causing the femur socket not being aligned with the hip. The result is what pediatricians call Hip Dysplasia. This happens when the newborn’s legs are swaddle so tightly that they are straight and are not free to move around like frogs.  Continue restriction of the legs will gradual cause the femur socket to be out of place.

So, parents need to practice proper swaddling.  One easy way is to get swaddle sleepsacks that has innovative swaddling designs that allows newborns to move their legs freely, while keeping them in a nice swaddle position around the upper body.  New parents should definitely give this a try.

Source:

http://www.cbs8.com/story/18149153/swaddling-infants-too-tightly-may-cause-hip-problems

3 months old and growing!

My son just reached the 3 month mark and he is growing fast! He’s gained a total of 8 lbs and grew 5 inches.  Amazing!

He’s reached one of milestone after another.  Below you can see him raising his head 90 degrees from the stomach position. He is able to laugh really loud,

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Should all newborns be swaddle?

The short answer is no, but all parents need to give swaddling a try.

If parents do not swaddle, they will be covering their newborn in a blanket to help keep them warm.

A blanket will work to keep them warm, but the possibility of a loose blanket blocking the newborn’s passage ways is a risk.  In the case of swaddle blankets, they are tightly wrapped around the body and will not be loosen easily. Thus, the warmth will be maintain without any safety risk.

 

Benefit of Swaddling – Reason #2

First of all,  swaddling lower the possibility of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) because swaddling helps infants sleep in the supine position. But, the benefits don’t stop there. Moms already witness the 2nd benefit when they first held their swaddle baby.

unhappy baby not swaddle

Unswaddle baby

As I replay thru the video highlights of my son’s birth, it’s simple to observe he was disturbed and distressed coming into the world. He was yelling his poor lungs out and did not yield at all as the doctors checked him. His howling stopped only after he was swaddle. The baby had hibernated in the mother’s womb for almost 9 months (mine stayed in there for only 34 weeks, 6 days) and had grew accustom to it. The infant does not weep or shed any tears in the womb because it’s sheltered in its very own utopia. The swaddling will assist in re-creating this awesome period in his existence. Where he remembers he has not a thing to fret about. In the womb, he is provided for, kept warm, and shielded by the mom. A swaddle blanket will fix two of those worries.

First, newborns are not use to the freezing environment when they enter in the world. The body system temperature averages 37 degrees Celsius and he comes into a world that averages 23 degrees Celcius. Additionally, newborn ordinarily don’t have much body fat for insulation and this is especially true for premature babies. A tight swaddle around the newborn will help protect the baby and keep him cozy as he enters a cold earth.

Happy Swaddle baby

Happy Swaddle baby

Second, the wrap will act like a shield to support decrease not familiar hands from roughing him up. The swaddle blanket will keep bacteria away from the baby’s body. After arriving home, folks might come and stop by to visit the little one. Having him wrapped in a clean blanket will help keep bacteria off his skin. The swaddle blanket then should be regularly swapped out and cleaned to lessen the likeliness of microbes developing up. The most visible benefit for parents is experiencing the babe scream significantly less when he is swaddle. As the surroundings of the womb is re-created, the newborn will recall the good times and will calm down from their perturbed states.

The most visible benefit for parents is experiencing less screaming after he is swaddle. As the surroundings of the womb is re-created, the newborn will recall the good times and will calm him down.

Benefit of Swaddling – Reason #1

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My son, Aaron, swaddle and sleeping in supine position

The benefits of swaddling has been time tested and recent studies by Dr. Rachel Moon at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC, found “parents who routinely used swaddling were more likely to find it effective and to place their infant supine when swaddled.” (1)

What does this mean?

The benefits of supine sleeping position are not much of a debate and have been the recommend position since 1992.  All pediatricians agree, infants need to sleep in the supine position to reduce the outcome of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  A study by Skadberg, Morild, & Markestad in 1998 (2) shows how supine position can greatly reduce occurrence of SIDS. he supine position reduces SIDS because the possibility of their air ways (nose & mouth) being blocked is lowered.  The supine position reduces pressure (from the babies own weight) applied to the lungs of the baby to prevent choking.

Overall, supine position is the way parents need to put their baby to sleep.  One method to train infants to sleep in this position is by swaddling.  Thus, reason #1 to swaddle is to reduce the occurrence of SIDS by training your infant to sleep in the supine position.

Definitions:

Supine position – baby’s back is against the mattress (sleeps on the back)

Prone position – baby’s back is facing up away from the mattress (sleeps on the belly)

References:

(1) Swaddling: Will It Get Babies Onto Their Backs for Sleep?, R. Moon, etc, 2011

(2) Abandoning prone sleeping: Effect on the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, Skadberg, Morild, & Markestad, 1998