One of the first bits of advice I give to new parents is the the power of the swaddle and the miraculous affect it has on newborns. There is a term going around called the “4th Trimester.” It is the 3 month period after your baby has been born. In this trimester babies will do best if given all the comforts of the womb.
One of those comforts is feeling compact and snug. There isn’t a whole lot of room for babies to move around in the womb! Imagine not being able to move your arms and legs very much and then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, you have four long limbs flailing about in all directions because you haven’t learned how to control them yet! Yes, you know what I’m talking about, that funny yet sad moment when your newborn smacks themselves square in the face with their own fist. You see where I’m going with this? Contain those limbs with a swaddle and they will actually sleep without waking themselves up.
What you want in a swaddle is stretchy material, one size fits all (so you don’t have to keep buying bigger sizes all the time), access to easily change diapers and moisture wicking. It is possible to find this all in one swaddle. It’s called The Ollie Swaddle, or as they like to call it, the “Smarter Swaddle.” And I do have to agree with them.
We’ve had the The Ollie Swaddle ever since we brought our little guy home from the NICU. I can’t tell you enough how nice it was to not have to go out and get a smaller swaddle to fit a 5 lb. baby. Other swaddles you would have to buy sizes, Preemie, Newborn, 0-3 months, 3-6 months, etc. That’s a bit of a hassle if you ask me! Our baby boy really does like the swaddle, with a little swaying and bouncing on our part he becomes relaxed and ready to sleep. I believe he does sleep more soundly being held within the hug of The Ollie Swaddle. Reminds him of home I guess you could say.
The material of The Ollie Swaddle is so soft and smooth, yet stretchy. It’s the only one I’ve been able to find that has those qualities. I’d love a blanket of my own made of this material! It wraps snuggly around and secures with velcro. Your little babe’s arms are going no where in this thing. There is also an elastic loop at the bottom that let’s you tie off the excess material, making it a bit more snug around their feet. And when you need to diaper change, you can still leave them swaddled up top, just open the bottom tie to access the diaper. Good thinking Ollie!
Be sure to follow their Instagram to watch and learn exactly how to use the swaddle, applying the swaddle correctly will make all the difference. The wrap placement will be underneath the shoulders, which is different from other swaddles.
I wish we had this for our oldest daughter, who we swaddled from birth to 8 months (we started transitioning at 6 months). We went through our fair share of different swaddles to accommodate her growing size and the transitioning phase. Another nice thing about The Ollie Swaddle is that you can easily leave the arms out and still swaddle them from torso down, making it great for transitioning their way out of the swaddle. Let me tell you, I’m definitely looking forward to these next months of only one swaddle!
Swaddle color featured in pictures – Stone
To learn more about the The Ollie Swaddle visit theollieworld.com
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*This is a sponsored post. All thoughts are honest and my own.