How Exactly Should You Swaddle a Baby?

baby swaddle

There are a lot of methods that parents can carry out to calm their baby and help them fall asleep faster. One of the most prominent — and unquestionably one of the oldest — methods is swaddling. 

Swaddling is essentially the practice of wrapping a light blanket around a baby. This practice has been around for centuries, and the idea behind it is to make the baby feel like they’re back in the womb, thus making them feel more comfortable. 

But though swaddling has been around forever, does it mean that parents should continue doing it? And if parents choose to practice swaddling, what is the right way to do it? 

The Benefits and Risks of Swaddling

As mentioned above, the purpose of swaddling is to calm the baby. So, when parents swaddle their baby, the baby will be able to settle more easily and sleep faster and longer. In particular, babies who have neurologic problems benefit from this. 

Moreover, swaddling also helps parents get their babies to fall asleep on their backs, which is what doctors actually recommend that parents do in order to avoid sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). 

However, even though swaddling has its benefits, it also poses a few risks. For one thing, swaddling wraps the legs together tightly, which can increase the possibility of hip problems. 

Additionally, swaddle blankets may overheat the newborn baby, and frequent swaddling has the possibility to suppress the baby’s voice. 

How to Swaddle a Baby

Because of all the risks mentioned above, it’s highly imperative that parents practice the proper technique when it comes to swaddling. 

So, if you want to practice the baby swaddle, you should follow the tips below. 

  1. The materials you’re going to swaddle your baby in should be thin. This is because thin materials are breathable, so your baby won’t suffocate when you wrap them up. A few suitable swaddle blankets are cotton blankets and cotton muslin wraps. 
  2. You should never wrap several layers of blankets around your baby. 
  3. You shouldn’t swaddle your baby’s neck and head. If you do, they will definitely have trouble breathing.
  4. When you wrap your baby up, make sure it’s firm but gentle. The wrapping should never be tight. To check if the swaddling is okay, your baby should be able to move their hips and knees. 
  5. You should always put a swaddled baby on their back — never on their side or front. 
  6. You should regularly check your baby’s temperature — to ensure they don’t feel overheated. 
  7. You should only swaddle if the baby is newly born. Once they start rolling over, the swaddling should stop. 

Conclusion

As a method that has been around since time immemorial, swaddling has been used by parents to calm their babies and get them to sleep. However, it should be done right to avoid complications and problems. 

If you’re planning to swaddle your newborn baby, you should take the time to learn how to properly do it.

How to Dress a Newborn When Leaving the Hospital

newborn hospital clothes

You’re about to have a baby. It’s one of the most momentous events of your life thus far. Just think: soon you’ll be bringing your little one home, snugly dressed in—

Wait a minute. What do you dress your newborn in as you’re leaving the hospital? It’s the first time you’ll be dressing them. What should they wear? Do they need anything special? Should you try to make a fashion statement?

Relax. Here’s everything you need to know about newborn hospital clothes.

Dressing for Weather

A lot of new parents have a tendency to overdress their newborns the first time out. They’ll swaddle them in far too many layers, or put them into some complicated outfit that requires an engineering degree to get them out of again. So the first step in dressing a newborn is, don’t overthink it.

On the day your baby is to leave the hospital, look at what the weather is like outside. Think about what you’re going to be wearing yourself, to be comfortable outside. Then, dress your baby based on that.

If it’s going to be cold, give them a nice, warm, wool onesie, and maybe a wool hat to match. You may want to add layers, but only as many as they need. Consider some mittens and leg warmers.

If the weather is going to be warmer, then a T-shirt and some cotton pants will do just fine, or maybe a light, cotton onesie. If there’s going to be a lot of sun, consider giving them a hat. If it’s raining, dress them in something to protect them from the wetness.

Dressing for Practicality

Think about the accessories you will and won’t need. If your baby is dressed in a onesie, does it have footies, or not? If it does, then socks aren’t necessary, but otherwise, they’ll need a pair. Shoes, on the other hand, your baby won’t need them until they start to walk. You may be considering buying them a pair right away, just as a cute fashion accessory, but remember: you’ll be the one who has to put those “cute fashion accessories” on your child’s feet. And they’ll be the ones kicking them off at every opportunity, whether you want them to or not.

This brings us to outfit practicality. Remember that you’ll have to dress them, and it’s something they’re not used to. They may squirm or resist, so don’t dress them in something that requires a lot of pushing and pulling of arms and legs in order to get on.

Likewise, avoid complicated outfits that involve a lot of buttons or snaps. Remember that you may need to get those clothes off them in a hurry, in order to change a diaper.

If you’re able, bring a small bag of baby clothes with you to the hospital, so you have a couple of options when you leave. Play it by ear, with regards to the factors discussed above, and decide on the day what’s going to be easiest for you and most comfortable for your baby.

You may have all sorts of cute patterns and fun colors and styles planned out in advance, but when the time actually comes to bring your baby home, fashion will likely be the last thing on your mind. Dressing in something cute and fashionable is fine, of course. But first and foremost, keep it simple, keep it functional, and keep it comfortable. As long as you remember that, you’ll both be just fine.

Baby Noomie Pajamas New Prints We Love

Baby Noomie new collection

Baby Noomie: new season equals new prints!  A favorite among moms and babies, new prints have arrived!

Cars, cookies, dogs and more!  You can’t go wrong with this super soft, Peruvian Pima Cotton jammy.  They look adorable, fit perfectly and wash well. 

The cars have a minimal, old-school look.  With neutral colors and a pop of yellow, this pajama is a perfect ‘boy’ look. 

The cookies print is a gender neutral print that will look adorable for a little boy or a girl with a big bow.  

The dog print is an upgrade to their dog print of last season, also made in the girl version with pops of pink and has been a best seller of the season.

 

For the sweet girls, Baby Noomie did a Lollipop print on both white and pink backgrounds that is adorable and eye-catching but not tacky.   Another on trend print they did for the season was Sprinkles & Donuts!  With their soft color choices and sweet graphics, these have also rocked in best sales.

And of course, don’t forget the tie dye!  This super trendy print has made a come back and Baby Noomie does not fail to impress with theirs!  In light pink or light blue shades, the tie dye jammies have been seen on every celebrity baby in America.

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Originally from Peru,  Baby Noomie uses Peruvian Pima cotton which is a strong and durable cotton that keeps its shape, yet soft and cuddly for a baby and mama alike.  It makes snuggling your babe that much better!  For those short baby years, it’s worth the investment on buying good quality pajamas and clothing that you will want to hold your babe close and not let them go!

 

goosebumps baby swaddle – should you swaddle your baby?

Being a new mama or a veteran, been there, done that kinda mama, we always need reminders at certain stages of our babe’s lives with what is best.  Times change, rules change, new products pop-up and sometimes, we live and we learn.

Swaddling your new baby keeps them warm and cozy, just like in the mother’s womb.  They come from a world of dark, curled up and warmth and suddenly enter a cold and open environment.  Keeping them swaddled ensures this ‘womb-like’ feel for the baby.

Ever realize how a baby is easily startled in their sleep?  Their arms open wide and their legs stretch out?  This is normal with a newborn, as they are not used to all of these big loud sounds and movements.  Swaddling will help keep them feeling safe and that tight wrap will keep them from being startled awake.  They will sleep much better and mama will have a nice coffee break (or much needed extra sleep!).

Goosebumps Baby offers a fantastic swaddle with just enough of a Lycra mix that will make swaddling your babe easy and stylish.  With on trend prints, such as animal prints (wild child) and black and white stripes (cookies and cream) to tie dyes and florals, your babe will not only have the best sleep but look their best, too!

Chewable Charm Teether Why Your Baby Need One

 

Chewable Charm teethers

not only get the job done, but they are stylish, as well!  Most are made from beech wood or silicone and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Their most popular style is the Hayes, which has two silicone strands wrapped around a beech wood ring.  It comes in many colors and new colors are added each season.  Another fave is their teething rattle.

Chewable Charm teethers
Chewable Charm teethers

It has a silicone rippled ring with a white ball attached that has a very quiet sounding rattle.  It soothes both your babe’s ears and teeth at the same time.