HELP! Need swaddling tips

Katrina - posted on 05/28/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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We have been swaddling Micah since he came home, and have been using the Miracle Blanket since he was around 6 weeks. However, now he can get out of the Miracle Blanket, and as soon as an arm is free, he is wide awake. If I don't swaddle him he will sleep 40 min and then be awake. How do I swaddle him so he can't get his arms out? It's the only way that he will sleep at night...

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Stacie - posted on 05/28/2010

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My daughters liked to be lil burritos too. But we never bought anything special for it. Try a bigger blankie and make it tightish. Try leaving feet out. That gives less ways to wiggle out of it.

Katrina - posted on 05/28/2010

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Thanks guys! We have tried just using a large blanket and doing a regular swaddle but he can still get out of it. Now, I was looking into the woombie swaddlers. After spending $40 on the Miracle blanket I didn't want to spend another $30 on something that looked so simple. So I went and bought a zippered sleeper that's a little too big, sewed seams from the shoulders to the armpits and made it a little snugger on the tummy. He's in it right now, so we'll see how tonight goes. Just wondering if anyone has tried the actual woombies?

Cassandra - posted on 05/28/2010

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I am going to school to become a Maternity nurse and we are doing our Maternity/:abor & Delivery rotation at the local hospital right now and the way we were taught to properly swaddle an infant is like this:
1. Place receiving blanket on flat area so that it makes a diamond shape. Fold down top point about 1/4 of the way.
2. Place infant on blanket so that his/her eyes are level with the fold of the blanket.
3. Place infant's left arm (facing you) on it's side, and snugly pull left corner around infant and wrap around their backside.
4. Fold up bottom corner of blanket to infant's chest and fold that tip down so that it doesn't cover the infant's face.
5. Place infant's right arm next to it, then snugly pull right corner of the blanket around it and wrap it around the backside.

The blanket should be snug, but not completely constrictive. My daughter never wiggled her way out of her swaddles, so hopefully, yours won't either! Good luck!

Donna - posted on 05/28/2010

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Hi There, I never used a Miracle Blanket, I only used a fair size receiving blanket. I would fold one corner of the blanket down and put my little girl down on top of the blanket up to her ears (so that half her head was covered). I would then put her one arm down by her side, wrap the blanket around and tuck the corner under her back. I would then take the bottom of the blanket and tuck that corner by her tummy. I would then take her other arm and place it down by her side, wrap the other corner around her and she would be nice and snug. I found that the bigger receiving blankets worked really well as you can tuck them nice and tight/snuggly. I hope this helps you a bit.

Kerri - posted on 05/28/2010

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My daughters were the same way. The only way they would sleeps is being swaddled and eventually they too could get there arms out! Sorry but we still have not found a way to keep our youngest swaddled anymore so if she wakes i Just rewrap her give her the paci and she is goes back to sleep.

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