Thursday, September 24, 2015

Houdini and the Swaddler

Swaddling is a lifesaver for most Moms/Dads these days.
Oh, I'm not talking about rocking and holding (circa 1974, 1977, and 1987). This is about THE  SWADDLER.

This 'thingie' has been around for years. How could I have missed it? '...Swaddling is an age-old practice of wrapping infants in blankets or similar cloths so that movement of the limbs is tightly restricted. Swaddling bands were often used to further restrict the infant. Swaddling fell out of favor in the 17th century...'.
Fast forward to 2015, the BabyCenter site explains 'it' in more gentile terms: '...It helps your baby feel safe and secure. It can stop your baby from being disturbed by his own startle reflex. It helps soothe a baby who is fussing. It helps to settle him down when he's over-stimulated...'

I first saw 'it' used on one of my older grandchildren, but quite frankly, never paid much attention to it. Who knew there were so many makes and models. There's the Miracle Blanket, the Halo, the Easy Swaddle, the Nuroo, the Woombie,  the Swaddle Me...............are you kidding me????? it's a B.A.B.Y. B.LA.N.K.E.T. It comes fully equipped with Velcro and a zipper.

OK. I admit. My first thoughts on the swaddler were not very nice. In fact, well....never mind. But after a week of taking care of this little Houdini, I'll tell you a secret. (shhhhhh.....) It works! HONEST! Just One Problem:  Little Houdini keeps busting out. His tiny arms and hands work their way up and out. It's like a magic act. First class! He wakes himself up, touching his face. Talk about #grandparentfail! His naps are not that long, so it's important to know how things work! After numerous tries, and watching a u-tube video (yes, a video on how to do this), I'm good to go! Just wrap that sucker swaddler like a tight burrito, Chipotle style! Houdini's eyes close, and he wanders off to lala land.....and so do I!
 All is well in Swaddleville....

1 comment:

  1. Loved this read! Wish I had known about SwaddleMe! My husband's mom was a firm believer in swaddling, and she could quiet any screaming baby.