#11. Swaddlers: I don’t know how I forgot one of my all time favorite baby products – swaddle blankets – but they definitely deserve to make the list. I was a committed Happiest Baby on the Block follower – in fact, I still “shhh” Savannah when she’s fussing and it works like a charm – and swaddling is one of the most important of the 5 S’s. I know a lot of parents who find receiving blankets work perfectly well for this purpose. I don’t know if it’s because Savs was a big baby or we just never learned to swaddle well but I found the specially designed swaddle bags worked better on our babycakes. Two of my favorites were the Summer Infant Swaddle Pod and the Halo Sleep Sack although I’ve heard great things about the Miracle Blanket as well. What’s great about these products is that they are convertible so you can unwrap the baby’s arms as they get older. They also provide plenty of room for baby’s legs to move into their natural position preventing hip dysplasia or other issues later on.
One caveat, swaddling should be discontinued as soon as baby is capable of rolling over. It’s extremely dangerous to allow a swaddled baby to sleep on their bellies because they don’t have the ability to stretch their legs and roll onto their backs and there’s a stronger likelihood they’ll suffocate in this position.
Savannah was a good sleeper early on (in fact, she was a better sleeper then than she is now). I contribute a lot of that to swaddling and as long as you do it correctly, it’s a very safe technique. Much safer than allowing loose blankets in their cribs.