Tricks for Tuesday: Swaddling your baby

So apparently babies are pretty happy in the womb. I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t be: wrapped up all cozy, fed regularly, toasty and warm, get to listen to music and other people’s conversations… and when they come out, they cry. They cry because they’re cold, they have no control over their limbs and (in my humble opinion), people stop talking about interesting things around them and make stupid noises instead.

So, how do you make your baby happy once it’s born? Well, according to the good folks at Happiest Baby on the Block amongst other various experts, one way would be to wrap the baby up nice and tight so that it doesn’t freak itself out in the middle of the night by flailing limbs (which probably feels like that falling feeling). There are products on the market, like the kiddopotamus swaddle me that is mostly set up for you to swaddle your baby, but that’s like cheating (it’s LIKE cheating, it’s not actually cheating) and besides, those of us in hot climates might have a tough time with a thick swaddle blanket if you’re supposed to keep house temperature at 68 – 72 degrees. So, my favorite swaddle is a muslin blanket shape made by Aden + Anais. It’s cute, airy and light and the video link here shows you exactly how to use it to swaddle your baby:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4SnaQ1DVJM

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