How To Shop: Mommy’s Must Have Mondays

by How To Mommy on 11.27.11

The next mom featured on Mommy’s Must Have Monday:

Stacey, mom to four, Karis – almost 5, Landis – 2, and twins Ellis & Silas – 1

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When I was pregnant with my first baby, I attended a class at the hospital called “Taking Care of Baby” where they taught us about bathing, changing, and holding our new babies. One of the skills they actually had us practice was swaddling.

My husband and I got pretty good at it with those hospital blankets. However, when Karis arrived at 9 lb. 7 oz., she quickly outgrew the blankets we had for swaddling and no matter how tight we wrapped her, she always wiggled out and got more frustrated.

Then a friend gave me a Swaddleme blanket that had velcro tabs for attaching and it was wonderful! They come in 2 sizes so my chubby newborn couldn’t outgrow them and they worked so well where she rarely wiggled out of it.

I have now used them on all 4 of my babies in the last 5 years and would definitely recommend them to moms of newborns. I have used them in different ways, swaddling with both arms down or leaving an arm out.

All of my kids are thumb or finger suckers, so I liked to swaddle with one arm out so they could learn to soothe themselves. As time went on and we swaddled them at every nap and bedtime, just putting them in the blankets gave them a signal that it was time to sleep. And I’ll take anything that helps those babies sleep!

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I like the cotton best as the fleece ones seemed too hot.
I have found these at reduced prices at Marshall’s and TJMaxx.

Thanks for the great tips! Check out more about Stacey and her crew at Getting Through the Day.

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1 Elizabeth @Our Life November 28, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Swaddling saved my sanity and allowed Evan to sleep so much more peacefully! I love SwaddleMe blankets! They are definitely a must have!

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2 Amanda November 28, 2011 at 8:46 PM

We were a big fan of swaddling too! And let me just say… FOUR adorable kiddos?! I’m melting.

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3 Stacey @ gettingthroughtheday December 1, 2011 at 6:21 AM

Amanda, thanks! We’re pretty smitten with them too!

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