Any recommendation for swaddling cloth?

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I've been reading "Happiest Baby on the Block" by Dr. Karp now that I'm pregnant with my 2nd child, and am anxious to try out the 5 S's especially the swaddling. Had such a terrible experience with my first child and got into very unhealthy habits for both parents and child in the process. She's still coming into our bed half way through the night and she's 4!!! Anyhow I've been looking at various brands of swaddling cloths online. Is it worth getting these or is it just as good to use a square piece of blanket or other?

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Chris - posted on 03/06/2009

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We bought swaddle blankets from Babies R Us. They are cut out for swaddling the best and have Velcro to keep the little Houdini wrapped up at all times.

Margo - posted on 03/06/2009

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i am a nursery/ nicu nurse and i have seen/had experience with the store bought ones; don't buy them; get you two or one of thin, soft blankets that have been washed and let them show you at the hospital how to do it----good luck

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I bought those "Aden and Anias" muslin swaddle blanket (for around $45 or something ridiculous) and I can't get them to work correctly at all! They are so huge that he just wiggles his way out and then is swimming in a sea of muslin- no matter hoe tightly I swaddle him.

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We use the kiddopotumus swaddlers from Babies r Us.  We got it as a gift at my baby shower.  they work wonders for my daughter and she can wiggle around without startling herself awake.  They are about $20 and come in sm, med, and large.

Shelley - posted on 03/06/2009

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I think the best is the waffle weave receiving blankets.  They stretch, so you can swaddle the baby nice and tight, but your baby can still move.  I have a 4 year old and an 18 month old, and they worked really well for both of them, and you can get them anywhere.

Jenna - posted on 03/06/2009

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The Miracle Blanket is a miracle! A friend gave it to me as a baby gift after she had a lot of trouble with her newborn sleeping at night. I love it! My little guy has always slept well at night, even before I got the swaddle, but it has worked wonders to calm him down. And the best part - he can't break free out of it!

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With my daughter we had one of those "swaddler" contraptions but it was more work than using a blanket. So with my daughter and my now 2 month old son we are huge fans of the Gerber Thermal Blankets. They are just the right size to swaddle your baby and have the perfect thickness. I find the receiving blankets to be to thin and they wiggle their way out of it and most other blankets are to thick. You'll find what works for you. Good luck. By the way....my almost 2 year old still sleeps with the blanket(s) we swaddled her with. They are her favorite.

Andrea - posted on 03/06/2009

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The Miracle Blanket is great- don't bother with the other swaddlers- my babies always got out of them! I also second the aden anais muslin blankets. And, Target used to sell these Circo waffle weave blankets. They are big & stretchy & you can get a tight swaddle with them. Receiving blankets never worked for me- too little.

Amanda - posted on 03/06/2009

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I used the aden anais swaddling blankets.  They are larger than receiving blankets and have astretch to them.  My little one is a mover and she has trouble busting out of these.  They are also light weight, so we put my little one in a long sleeved gown and then swaddle her.  We love them!  Here is the website: http://www.adenandanais.com/

Amanda - posted on 03/06/2009

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Yes!  The Miracle Blanket is THE best swaddling blanket out there!  www.miracleblanket.com  We tried everything before a friend recommended it.  Our Houdini baby was no longer able to escape!  And he began sleeping thru the night too!

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For my daughter, I used the Amy Coe receiving blankets because they were the only ones that I can find that were large enough for a decent price. However, for my son, I had to use a "kiddopotomus" swaddler whic has velcro closures because he is so string and big that he can always push his way out of ANY swaddle blanket. I tried some other brands of the velcro swaddlers but the kiddopotomus one is the only one that really fit right.

Stacey - posted on 03/06/2009

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TARGET HAD THESE STRETCHY WRAPS WITH TURTLES. I COULDNT LIVE WITHOUT THEM BECAUSE THEY  STRETCH BABY CAN STILL MOVE A BIT BUT NOT ESCAPE MY BABY IS 7 MONTHS OLD NOW AND I ONLY STOPPED WRAPPING HIM UP ABOUT A MONTH AND A HALF AGO.

Emily - posted on 03/06/2009

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Honestly I think receiving blankets worked best. And they are a heck of a lot cheaper than the ones you can buy online :)

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