What is this swaddling business I thought to myself? We went over how to swaddle a baby on several of the parenting classes we took, but I don’t remember anybody emphasizing how USEFUL this would be. I thought it was something like changing a diaper. You just do it and it’s no big deal, just one of those things you learn to do and move on. I was greatly mistaken. After Little Girl was born, she was swaddled “professionally” by the nurses and it always looked so tidy and it would last until one of us undid it. Now that we’re home, Little Girl is growing, moving more and definitely undoing her swaddling so easily. They simply don’t last as long as they did a few weeks ago and to be honest, it can get a little frustrating.
Luckily for us, we came home with some “parting gifts” from the hospital like some supplemental formula samples, some needle-less syringes for feeding her said supplemental formula, but most importantly we got a HALO® SleepSack® Swaddle. It definitely helps keep Little Girl calmer, she sleeps longer and wakes more gradually rather than startling herself.
Right now we’re only swaddling Little Girl with her arms in, but I foresee using hands to face and 1 or 2 arms out in the future. If you want to check out the product directly from Halo, just click on the image, otherwise, read on.
What I like about the Halo SleepSack Swaddle
First and foremost, it just works. It works so well we’ve actually bought about four more of them. Unlike swaddling with a blanket, she can’t undo herself out of if because it has Velcro strips on the side and once swaddled, she’s “locked in”. For diaper changes, the zipper starts at the bottom. When a diaper change is needed, you can simply undo the zipper as needed, change the diaper, then zip it back up and she doesn’t have to come out of the SleepSack completely like she would out of a blanket. It does come in a variety of colors (although function is more important to me than color choices for this specific product).
What I don’t like about the Halo SleepSack Swaddle
It’s a bit bulky which makes it naturally warm. We recently decided to only swaddle Little Girl (with this SleepSack) while she’s only wearing diapers. That’s obviously not much of a problem, and most definitely not a deal breaker for us. I do wish they made different “grades” of thickness for this product. There is a micro fleece version, which I’m sure is a little warmer than the ones we’ve bought, but there should be a lighter version, at least that’s my opinion.
A little note about sizing: They do make two sizes and we’re still using the newborn version. There is a size small, which we’ve already bought. We tried it on and it’s HUGE. Huge for Little Girl, of course. If you were planning on being slick and just sizing up so your baby grows into it I personally don’t recommend it. It adds to the bulk, it’s oversized and she’s much more prone to trying to be a little Houdini and getting her hands/arms out. You’re really better off buying the right size.
Quick PSA: Discontinue swaddling when the baby shows signs of rolling over or breaking out of the swaddle wrap. That’s copied from the Halo website, and you might have seen it in other blogs or have been told by the hospital or medical staff. Since newborns can’t roll over, swaddling works great. Once babies are able to roll over, they might inadvertently suffocate while facing down if they’re unable to roll again to face up.