1. What makes the Miracle Blanket ® so much better than the other swaddling blankets and products?
Research shows that the two best fussiness “eliminators” are classic swaddling and gentle abdominal pressure. A lateral belly wrap is a very old Irish remedy for fussiness that is comprised of a long band of “stretchy” fabric that is wrapped around a baby’s abdomen to provide gentle, even, lateral pressure around the baby’s mid-section. Ours is the first and only product that combines these two incredibly effective solutions in one product.
2. How long can I swaddle?
There are differing opinions, but we believe that 14 weeks is a good time to stop. Babies typically begin to turn over sometime after 14 weeks. If a swaddled baby managed to roll over, the result would be a swaddled baby in a face-down position and swaddling should only ever be used in a face-up position. The good news is that at about this age that babies gain enough motor control to get their hands to their mouths and also begin to overcome the Moro Reflex so that they are able to self-soothe via non-nutritive sucking.
3. Why should I swaddle?
Many experts suggest that swaddling in the first several months eases babies through the shock of suddenly being out of the womb by duplicating many of the sensations of the womb. Many babies do not handle this transition well, and some recent research suggests that this may be the main cause of fussiness.
4. Swaddling seems so confining. Is it good for a baby’s development?
This question is the main reason western cultures have all but abandoned the practice of swaddling over the past 100 (or so) years. Think about how comfortable the baby was when she was in the womb – total darkness, almost silent, snug fit … very little input. Suddenly baby is thrust into a world of light where his little arms and legs flail and flinch without control. His little razor-sharp nails scratch his little face and his heavy head lolls without support. Giving your baby a few more months of some of the snug, supporting, and warm sensations of the womb is a gesture of love.
5. My baby squirms and seems to fight when he’s swaddled. Does this mean he doesn’t like it?
Most babies squirm quite a bit when swaddled, especially at first. This does not mean they don’t like it. The fact is, very young babies don’t have very much – if any – muscle control and their arms and legs flail without them being able to control them. Swaddling actually helps limit this movement so the baby can relax and calm down. If your baby continues to squirm, and doesn’t calm down after 5-10 minutes, take him out of the blanket and give him a few minutes to rest and try it again. Eventually, your baby will relax at the mere sight of a swaddling blanket.
6. Can my baby overheat because of swaddling?
Although it is possible for your baby to overheat, it has been shown that swaddling alone cannot cause overheating. However, here a few simple measures that will eliminate this concern altogether:
- Wrap her in the Miracle Blanket® and diaper only.
- Be sure the room in which the baby is sleeping is not too warm. The room should feel comfortable to a lightly dressed adult.
- If overheating is still a concern you can wrap your baby in the Miracle Blanket® with his/her feet outside of the foot pocket.
7. How can I tell if my baby is overheated?
If your baby’s tummy feels overly warm to the touch, or he/she is perspiring, she may be overheated. Review, “Can my baby overheat because of swaddling?” for some simple solutions.
8. Can swaddling make it hard for my baby to breather?
The University of Washington published a study in 2002 that shows that this is generally not a concern – as long as the wrap is not exceedingly tight. Swaddling works best when your baby is wrapped “snugly” but comfortably. The Miracle Blanket® is very effective in keeping the hands and body in the proper position. Keep in mind that most babies LOVE to be wrapped very snugly…it feels more like the womb.
9. What is the "Rooting Reflex"?
Infants have one talent when they are born: Finding a nipple. If they feel something touch their face, they assume that it may be a nipple and they will begin to try to position their head to take advantage of the potential food source. This is very frustrating for the baby when they are awakened by something touching their face and they cannot find a nipple. This is why it’s important that a baby’s blanket and bedding does not touch his face.
10. What is "Moro/Startle Reflex"?
The Moro Reflex is the tendency of infants to startle and “jump” for no apparent reason. Nearly all babies do this – some more frequently than others. One theory suggests that without the “all-over support” of the fluid in the womb, the baby frequently experiences a “falling” sensation and startles awake. This reflex can be virtually eliminated by the sensation created by swaddling.
11. My baby squirms and grabs while breastfeeding. Does swaddling help this?
One of the greatest things about swaddling (of any kind) is how much easier it makes it for mom or dad to hold baby still while feeding. Baby’s arms are secure, he is comfy and he is very easy to position.
12. My baby likes one arm free to suck his thumb. Can I still swaddle?
Absolutely. Although you should try to get your baby used to the feeling of having both arms inside the blanket to avoid scratching and twitching, you can certainly leave an arm free if your baby likes that better. If you are a “swaddling artist” you can accomplish this with a normal receiving blanket. However, it makes it much easier for your baby to struggle out of the blanket. With the Miracle Blanket® you can actually leave one arm free and maintain the total effectiveness of the blanket. Many people use it this way, and love it for that reason.
13. Can I leave both of my baby's arms free?
We don’t suggest leaving both arms free. When you do this, most of the effects of swaddling are relinquished. Baby’s arms will twitch, scratch and flail. With both arms free the only part of the baby that is (essentially) swaddled is the belly. One arm free is usually okay because some babies have a use for that hand – sucking. But two arms free pretty much defeats the purpose of swaddling.