Let’s talk about Aden and Anais swaddle blankets.
I sometimes go into clients’ homes and they have an entire drawer full of these muslin swaddles. They often come in bundles of three and the patterns are so adorable that it’s hard to pick one pack. Before you know it, you have six to nine!
If you are having a fall or winter baby, one pack is plenty. Many clients are surprised to find out they probably will not be your most often used swaddle. They are too light weight for the fall and winter months so you will need to layer another blanket on top.
Having a newborn is hard. Do what you can to make your life simpler. There are many swaddles on the market that make swaddling a breeze. Many brands make swaddles with velcro on the edges so they are more secure. As baby is in the crib, she may move or stir in her sleep and a swaddle that is not securely wrapped can become loose. We all know loose blankets in the crib pose a suffocation hazard. Also, Aden and Anais swaddles are difficult to navigate in the middle of the night when you need to take a peek into baby’s diaper. A mom on her second or third baby may feel very confident swaddling baby securely without a special swaddling blanket, but I suggest you have an easy swaddle on hand for Dad as he cares for his baby. We always try to empower both parents with the tools they need to care for their newborn.
What do we recommend?
Our top nighttime swaddle recommendation is the Halo SleepSack. We also have had many babies love the Miracle Blanket, Swaddle Me, and the Love To Dream Swaddle Up.
Should you skip the muslin swaddle altogether? No, they are useful to have on hand. They are a versatile blanket to have with you on the go. Throw this breathable blanket over the car seat when baby has sun in her eyes. It’s also nice to put over your shoulder if you are out without a nursing cover and want some privacy while feeding baby. Moms of summer babies are usually the ones who use Aden and Anais swaddles much more. They can be very helpful when baby needs to be swaddled and soothed but you are concerned about her becoming overheated.
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