SwaddleMe... will you marry me?

GREAT thanks to you ladies who recommended this product. My angel baby was fast becoming addicted to cosleeping, and her sleep was getting lighter and her mood fussier. I've never been able to make swaddling with a regular blanket work for me, perhaps because my larger babies can get their arms out easily, so the swaddle loses its snuggling effect. And then came SwaddleMe.

I comfortably SwaddleMe'd Angelina last night with her soft arms tight against her chest, popped the pacifier in her mouth, and she went to sleep for an 8 hour stretch after a day of fussing and struggling to sleep. No crying. Only sleeping in heavenly peace.

(After our attachment parenting talk here, I think Dr. Sears might disapprove of a one-month-old sleeping an 8 hour stretch thanks to a fake snuggle and a plastic pacifier, but I'll admit that I count it as an unqualified success and blessing.)

Do they make these for 2 year olds in Thomas the Tank Engine pattern or anything?


I'm going to have to buy one of these for my next baby...but I might need that 2 year old size for my newborns. Do they have a weight limit? My kids exit the womb at around 11 pounds.

June 4, 2008 at 2:58 PM  

I can't believe neither of you had a SwaddleMe before now. I thought it was standard operating procedure.

June 4, 2008 at 3:04 PM  

They have three sizes - preemie (3 to 7 pounds), small (7 to 14) and large (14 to 22). You should be able to get away with a large.

June 4, 2008 at 3:05 PM  

Two words: duct tape.

Let you imagination do the rest.

A. Man

June 4, 2008 at 4:32 PM  

My son used the SwaddleMe for the first two weeks, but then quickly figured out how to break his arms out of the swaddle. If you have a Houdini on your hands, I highly recommend the Miracle Blanket (www.miracleblanket.com). It has been great for us.

June 4, 2008 at 4:35 PM  

Can't wait to try this with #3! So glad it's working so well for you, JM! Hallelujah to sleeping babies... I am praying so hard for a good sleeper come August! :)

June 4, 2008 at 5:05 PM  

I was lucky with my kids. My husband is an expert swaddler -- even better than the nurses in the hospital. He always said he could swaddle a baby so you could pick your teeth with him/her!
But when my niece was young (and too far away for her uncle to swaddle her), my sister had a hard time getting her to sleep. So I sent her a SwaddleMe and it worked like a charm.
I've already sent her 2 more in small sizes for the upcoming twins!

June 4, 2008 at 7:39 PM  

I was going to recommend the miracle blanket, too. It saved my life with my crazy, colicky, son and it has little wings that they lie on so they can't get their arms out. He was nine pounds when he was born and he was in it until he was around three months old, I think. My girl is almost five months and just outgrew it. I still swaddle her though because she can't stop flapping those arms!

June 4, 2008 at 8:53 PM  

Our Lil Boo quickly figured out how to get his arms out of the receiving blanket swaddle. The larger receiving blankets swallowed him whole and were just too big. On the recommendation of Rachel, we tried the SwaddleMe wrap and I LOVE IT!! He seems to quiet down as soon as I wrap him up! We're looking into to getting the large size now.

June 4, 2008 at 8:53 PM  

hmmm. I could never get the Swaddle Me to work with my first daughter, it never seemed to get tight enough in the right places and the little Houdini always got her arms out within minutes. With my second I've mastered the receiving blanket swaddle and all is well.

June 4, 2008 at 9:16 PM  

We had to switch from the small size of SwaddleMe to the large size based on length, not weight. Since, shockingly, my babies get very tall very quickly, we have both sizes.

Our first was a houdini with the swaddle (all the more reason he needed it!) We used a receiving blanket swaddle with the SwaddleMe over it, which worked like a charm. We kept the boys in just their diaper underneath and the temperature worked out perfectly for them.

One other thing...I like the cotton jersey fabric SwaddleMe better than the fleece one, which is much harder to get to stay tight. We usually didn't even use the velcro...just stretched it tight around baby and let his weight hold it down.

June 4, 2008 at 9:28 PM  

i second the miracle blanket for those who have houdini like babies. it may seem like a straight jacket...ok it is a straight jacket, but man oh man did it work.

I used to wake my husband up every time i fed my son to reswaddle him since I just stunk at it...miracle blanket came to the rescue.

June 4, 2008 at 11:12 PM  

I, too, like the Miracle Blanket for more active and bigger babies. My active babies generally just got their arms underneath the top part of the SwaddleMe and pushed up to the top in a noose-like configuration. I was worried they would strangle themselves. The Miracle Blanket has proven much more difficult for them to break out of.

June 5, 2008 at 8:09 PM  

We too tried the swaddle me and didn't love it - we did find the Halo sleepsack swaddle at halosleep.com - we LOVE this! you don't have to unwrap them to change the diaper and it is a better quality - they even have organic fabrics which i love! and the good news about this swaddle is that the wing wraps come off and you can just use the vest part as a regular sleepsack and i know they have big kid sizes too because our older one still uses them!

June 9, 2008 at 4:23 PM  

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