Newborns, in particular, love the feeling of being swaddled because it reminds them of the time they were in the womb. It also calms them down if they are over-stimulated, and gives them a sense of security.
Since newborns still have the startle reflex, swaddling reduces the likelihood that bubba will be jerked awake. Plus, swaddling can also reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
There plenty of swaddling options out there. The most common ones are the large muslin cloths. Here’s how you wrap your baby with it:
- Place the cloth on a flat surface in a diamond shape. Fold down the top corner a little.
- Place your baby lying down, with his head on the edge that’s folded.
- Take the right corner of the muslin and wrap across your baby, over his right arm, tucking it under his left side (his left arm should be free).
- Take the bottom corner, bring it upwards and tuck it under his left shoulder.
- Take the left corner across your baby’s body and tuck it under her right side. That’s it!
If you can’t seem to make it work, don’t fret. There are also “ready folded” swaddles that secure your baby with zips or velcros.
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Aden + Anais Organic Swaddles
PRICE $58/80/pack of three FROMAgape Babies WHAT These swaddles are made from certified organic cotton thread. They are pre-washed so they are super soft and best of all they stay that way even after countless washes. The breathable fabric prevents the risk of overheating, and they come in a variety of colours to suit either gender, or your personal preferences. PARENTS SAY You know that this is a choice pick when Prince George was seen wrapped in one on his way home from this hospital. These muslins are so soft and comforting, your baby will love them, even after the newborn weeks. “I used them for everything,” says mum-of-two Georgina Fang. “My boys would want to chew them during the teething period, I use it to wipe spit ups, and I can use it as a stroller cover or a nursing cover.” It’s pricey, but definitely worth the price.
Bebe Au Lait Luxury Muslin Swaddle Blanket
PRICE $38/set of two FROM Allemom WHAT Packaged in a set of two in complementary colours, these muslin blankets are ultra-soft and breathable, as they are made of 70 per cent bamboo, and 30 per cent cotton. PARENTS SAY We love the prints on these swaddles! The modern, sweet patterns are perfect for the modern, stylish mum. It’s also a fantastic size (47” by 47”), and can swaddle even the larger babies. The set is ideal for a baby shower gift, since it comes in a beautiful little box.
Bubble Bamboo Swaddle Wraps
PRICE $59.90/pack of three FROM Mothers Work WHAT If you love the feeling of bamboo-based fabrics, you’ll love these. They are silky smooth and lightweight, and environmentally sustainable and friendly. Each swaddle is 120 x 100cm in size. PARENTS SAY The prints are similar to the Aden + Anais ones, but they’re much cheaper. In addition, the bamboo-sourced viscose fabric has a tighter weave than other cotton muslins, which offer greater privacy if you intend to use it as a nursing cover. Says Jolene Yang, mum to Anna, 6 months, “I love these swaddles, they are just so soft. Even though she’s no longer being swaddled, she still loves hugging them to sleep.”
Summer Infant SwaddleMe
PRICE $44.28/pack of two FROM Agape Babies WHAT If you haven’t quite mastered the art of swaddling, this is perfect for you. The swaddle has soft, adjustable wings that provide a perfect snug fit. There’s even a harness slit on the back, so you can use the swaddle in a car seat or stroller. PARENTS SAY These are wonderfully easy to use! However, they don’t “grow” with your baby, so you’d have to keep buying larger sizes as your baby grows, which makes it less cost effective. They are slightly thicker than muslins, so dress your baby lightly, especially in Singapore’s warm weather. “I prefer the large muslins, but my husband much prefers this, as he feels that the baby can’t wriggle out easily,” says Fang.
Sleepy Wings Swaddle
PRICE A$29.95 each FROM The Sleep Store WHAT Sleepy Wings are great for babies who tend to get hot easily, since only the arms are covered. As their arms cannot come free, the swaddle reduces startling, plus it stops them from scratching their delicate skin. You can also insert a pacifier into one of the side pockets, so your baby can comfort himself. Available in blue, white and pink, and in three sizes. PARENTS SAY The reviews are mixed for this. Although newborns seemed to like it better, the older babies tend to get annoyed with it – one mum even noted that her baby used it to rub against his face, causing more friction and rash than his nails would. It is, however, a great idea for higher temperatures.
Woombie Air Swaddle
PRICE $35.90 FROM Bedtime Baby Sg WHAT The Woombie Air is light and breathable thanks to a vented front design that allows airflow. It’s super easy to use thanks to its multi-dimensional stretch material and zipper that prevents unravelling through the night. PARENTS SAY If your baby loves to be very securely tucked in, then this should work great. But it’s less versatile than the other swaddles: For instance, if your baby prefers to sleep with one or both arms out. So, it’s one of those things that your baby will either love or hate – it may be a good idea to just buy one to try first, or borrow one from a mummy pal before you get any more.
PRICE $34.90 FROM Mothercare WHAT The secret to this swaddle lies in its shape – with no need for Velcro or poppers to secure your baby. It’s made of a lightweight 100 per cent cotton jersey material and is suitable for overarm or underarm swaddling. PARENTS SAY This wrap is slightly warmer, and may be better suited in cold weather or if bubba sleeps in an air-conditioned room. It’s a lovely, soft, stretchy material that mums and babies would love snuggling to. But Shereen Mohd, mum to Elia, 4 months, found it didn’t quite work for her though. “I prefer something with Velcro. I tried this but she kept wriggling out, and in the morning the swaddle is just in a heap in her cot.”