When my son was an infant, he’d only sleep about thirty minutes at a time then wake up crying and cranky. He’d fall asleep in my arms, I’d set him down and he’d wake up again. I was exhausted and frustrated and wondered why he wouldn’t just sleep longer. A friend of mine recommended swaddling. He was a large baby and swaddling in a receiving blanket didn’t work well because he’d just wiggle his way out of them. I ended up purchasing a Velcro style swaddling blanket and it worked for awhile but it wasn’t long before he was too big for it.
When my daugther was born I knew from experience how effective swaddling can be. I started swaddling her at night and before she was even two months old she was sleeping through the night quite frequently. I believe swaddling played a role in this.
A few weeks ago I switched from using the Velcro style swaddle that I used with my son to the Miracle Blanket. It is a little harder to get on but it works so much better! If done correctly it is nearly impossible for the baby to wiggle their arms free. One of the reasons swaddling helps babies sleep is due to the fact that until babies are three to five months old they have something called Moro Reflex. Also called startle reflex, infants respond to loud noises by flinging their arms out and then retracting them. This reflex is also caused when the baby feels like it is falling. The fear of falling is the only unlearned fear in newborns. My son must have really been afraid of falling because he startled all the time which was why he could never sleep for very long unless he was swaddled.
My daughter is 11 weeks old and she LOVES her Miracle Blanket. Every night around 8 pm she gets fussy. As soon as I swaddle her in her Miracle Blanket she relaxes and goes to sleep. I normally only swaddle her at night but the other day she was really fussy and I couldn’t figure out what she needed so I decided to swaddle her and laid her in her crib. She went right to sleep and napped for a couple of hours. She woke up smiling and happy!
Right now, Miracle Blanket is offering 10% off any blanket or 15% off when you purchase 2 or more. Visit www.miracleblanket.com to learn more. Check out the video to see how to swaddle with a Miracle Blanket.
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