Like so many things with babies and kids, there are plenty of opinions and taboos. One person says something is ok, another says it’s not. All of the conflicting information can be very confusing and stressful to a new parent.
One of the topics I have encountered is swaddling. I have heard arguments both pro and against swaddling, but have opted to swaddle my little one. Given that I was on my feet and moving during my entire pregnancy, I was warned by a few people that my baby may need help to settle- including lots of rocking, walking, and swaddling to help ‘it’ (We didn’t know what we were having) to settle. My Mum swears if she had swaddled me that my Dad and her would have had some sleep before my first birthday! Of course there never is one ‘right’ answer, but I have to agree with my Mum on this one. I bought a swaddle blanket before my little one came along just in case.
So far I have had quite a bit of success swaddling, but there is an art to it. I have used regular and muslin receiving blankets, and the swaddle with velcro, all with varying success. Since I have a Summer baby, the challenge of swaddling is the heat. I can tell that it’s getting to her, so she’s been sleeping in just a diaper and swaddle. Poor lil monkey has been harder to settle the past few days because she’s so hot. I have had the most success with just a diaper in the velcro swaddle (it’s a thicker fabric than the muslin blanketss)- she’s a cheeky monkey and can wiggle out of everything else!
For simple & clear instructions to swaddle your lil one, go here. (aden+ anais has ADORABLE muslin receiving blankets)
The swaddle I’m using can be found in the TPB shop and there are different options for different ages. I’m using the 2nd stage size small right now.
If you plan to swaddle, I do recommend trying a few different options to see what works for you and your baby. I wish you all the best with this- it may make the difference between a sleepless night and getting some well needed rest!
I’d love to hear if you’ve tried swaddling and how it’s working/ worked for you 🙂
Everyone always tells you when you have a new baby to enjoy every minute of it because ‘it goes by so fast’. Today my baby girl is 5 weeks old, and I can honestly say that this is so true! We are doing everything we can to document these precious early days.
Of course we’re taking a TON of photos and video, but we’re also trying to capture memories in more creative ways. One way we have tried is the plaster hand/ foot print. I will say this: it is not as easy as you might think! We tried to do her footprint and ended up with dry plaster before we could get her little foot near the mold! We have bought another kit and I’ll let you know how it turns out- it is best to do these hand/ foot prints when the baby is asleep because they are so relaxed (they’ll clench their little fists if you try and do hand prints when they’re awake- cute, but ineffective!)
Another cute idea I got from my sister- in- law is to do a mini canvas with poster paint so you can get all 10 fingers and toes in one place. Again, easier said than done! With some work, we managed to get 2 handprints with several blobbies in our first attempt, but had to call it quits when the young lady announced she needed a diaper change. Our mission for the second attempt: feet!
Canvas Supplies- Just add baby!
Attempt #1: 10 Fingers! (+ blobbies!)
What I love about these projects is their simplicity (even if they’re not so simple to create!) and that they are budget friendly. Plus, it’s nice to be able to show your child just how tiny they once were. Great for decoration now, and memories later.
The plaster print kit I used is from Walmart and cost $8.99. I have heard some dollar stores carry similar kits, but I haven’t looked. I also really like the idea of doing Christmas ornaments for the Grandparents, but we’ll have to practice more first! The same goes for the canvas and paint- just make sure you buy washable, non- toxic paint (I used Elmers) and wash baby’s hands and feet after.
I’ll update the photos when we can get our young lady to cooperate (read: when she’s sleeping). We’re going to try and finish this little project ASAP, but have to wait until a morning or afternoon nap in case she doesn’t settle back down.
One of the most exciting and crazy times in life is the arrival of a child. And it seems that despite generations of requests, owner manuals are yet to be included with these cute little packages!
My hope for this blog is to document all of the joys and challenges of being a new parent. I hope to provide an online forum for Moms and Dads to share their advice & experiences. In addition, I would like to offer information on events and opportunities for local parents.
I hope to share my family’s journey as we enter this exciting new time in our lives, and that others will share theirs too.
If you have requests or suggestions for blog articles, please let me know! I can’t wait for this journey to begin!