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I used this swaddling blanket on my son up until he was six weeks old as I found the conventional grobags too large for my son as he appeared to be lost inside them.
Swaddling grobag blankets are T shaped in design so very easy to wrap your child up in as you simply place your newborn on the vertical section and then wrap each end around each of your childs arms.I found that this convenient and simple wrapping mechanism was very effective in comforting my son and helped him to settle down a lot more easily and remain asleep for much longer.The abrupt jerking movements that he used to make in his sleep that would then cause him to wake up were now stopped by this swaddling blanket that was wrapped comfortably around him.
The grobag swaddling blanket that I brought for my son was a very lightweight material and the fact that it was made of a stretchier material meant that when wrapping it around my son the fit was nice and snug.Washing and drying was also very easy because it was so lightweight and despite continuous use it did not loose it's shape either.
I brought mine online for £10 which I found a bit pricy but it's practicality in use made it worthwhile.They come in a variety of colours and sizes but I found that the newborn swaddling blanket worked best because as my son grew older he managed to wriggle out a lot more easily making it less effective in use.
I would recommend to anyone who is in favour of swaddling to use this on their newborn for a more content sleeping experience and that includes mum too!!!
know people will be cussing me for saying this, but I have had really good babies! Right from newborns apart from teething they have been good sleepers (Must take after there dad!) But as a parent you can't help but worry as they sleep! (Well... all the time really!)
We were given one of these from a friend who did not like the idea of "swaddling" her baby, but we found it to be great! the idea is that it keeps your baby wrapped up tight, like they would be in the womb, so helps them feel secure.
The product itself comes in a choice of very sweet patterns, most of which are pastel coloured (Although I'm pretty sure it can be bought in white too) and is in a shape which allows you too wrap your baby up tightly with no need for ties, zips or poppers, I think this is a brilliant idea as with my little ones i convinced myself everything was a choking hazard!
You may think to yourself "Why not just use a baby sleeping bag?" And really its just personal preference. Our little man just looked absolutely lost in his, and was no where near as cosy and snug in it as he is an a Swaddling Blanket. I think its good that if it's exra chilly you can just pop a blanket over your baby in this as they are all tucked in they are not likely to pull it off or wriggle out of it. I really do believe that this product gave us a good few extra hours sleep a night!
As ours was a gift, it was obviously brilliant value! But they retail at around £11.00, which is not bad in my opinion for this product as it still looks brand new despite many washes!
We only used it for "Swaddling" for the first 3 months or so (Thats what is reccommended) But our little one was in a good routine by then and so didn't need to use it any longer.
Overall i think its a fantastic, simple idea and although on the pricey side... is well worth it for a decent nights sleep!
Having already realised with my first two children that grobags were too large for them as new borns i was looking for an alternative for the first few weeks with jess when i spotted this swaddling on amazon and saw that it was made by grow bag which is a company i trust so thought it was worth the high price of £11.99 which i thought was expensive for a blanket i was only going to use for a short time.
This is no ordinary blanket hence why it is called a swaddling, for any one who doesnt know swaddling means to wrap you baby with there arms by there side tightly in a blanket as this helps new borns to settle better as it reminds them of being in the womb. I had with difficulty manages to achieve this with standard blankets with my eldest two but due to the shape of this swaddling blanket it made it much easier to do with jess as the blanket wasnt a square shape but was a T shape.
To use you position the blanket down flat with the blanket in the T shape, you lie baby on the blanket on the verticle piece, any left over at the bottom is used to put up over babys legs to keep there feet in, you then wrap both horisontal pieces around seperately to leave your baby looking rather like a glow worm.
The blanket is slightly stretchy unlike other blankets allowing you to wrap baby up tighter and alowing baby to wriggle without the blanket coming loose.
We used this every night with jess untill she was 5 weeks old and it was fantastic, very easy to use and she was very comfy in it, i would recomend it to any one who is expecting a baby smaller than 7lb5oz.
When our daughter was a new born, we picked up one the Grobag Organic swaddle blankets to try as she was quite small and we were advised to try and keep her as warm as possible so to regulate her temperature.
It was relatively awkward for us to fold a normal blanket into the correct swaddle shape to wrap around our daughter, but we had absolutely no problems whatsoever with the Grobag version.
It's cut to a specific shape which looks like a landscape oblong which tapers at each end. There is then an additional flap which hangs down in the middle. This is where you are to position your baby so the flap folds up over their legs and the two 'wings' then fold round, tuck under and Cosy around your little one, making them feel cosy, secure and probably feel like they are back in the womb.
We ended up nuking another couple, one of which is still in it's box ready to be used in a later date with any possible future children.
After 2 weeks of my daughter refusing to go in her moses basket, I tried one of these in desparation. Plenty of friends were convinced that swaddling was just what she needed and that it would solve all of our sleep problems. It didn't!
The blanket is a long piece of jersey cotton. They have different patterns now, but we had the older jungle animals design which is cute. It is suitable for 0-3 months, and the product material says to a maximum of 14lbs. I found it fairly easy to wrap my daughter when she was calm and holding still, more difficult if she was crying or fighting it, which she often did. I found that she could get her arms out quite easily, and I'm not sure what more I could have done to keep them in as I was wrapping it rather tight!
We settled for wrapping under the armpits, and she seemed happy to have her body and legs snug, but still be able to chew her hands. My son was not too much of a problem sleeper, but on the occasion that he was unsettled in the first 3 weeks he would calm if swaddled -also with arms out.
While I love the idea of this, I know from speaking to plenty of other mums that it doesn't work for everyone, so I'd suggest buying one secondhand on ebay to try before committing to the £12 price of a new one!