There are a lot of opinions out there about how many swaddles you actually need. Some people swear by only using one, while others say you need at least two. So, what’s the right answer? Let’s take a look at some factors that might help you decide how many swaddles to buy.
Let’s start with some background info
What is a baby swaddle?
A swaddle is a piece of fabric that allows producers and manufacturers of baby products to realize just how popular their products were and decided to capitalize on the trend by releasing even more new items.
First of all, a swaddle is a very helpful tool for both calming your baby and keeping them from scratching or harming themselves. They are also great for those parents who worry about SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). However, as great as they may be, infants can quickly become dependent on being wrapped up tightly to sleep well. Some who are more sensitive might even get used to being wrapped too tightly, which can cause their breathing to become restricted.
As much as it is a great sleep aid, there comes a point in time when your baby outgrows swaddles and needs his or her arms free. This usually happens between three and four months of age.
When should I start using swaddles with my baby?
It’s never too early to swaddle your baby. There are some doctors who believe that it’s best to swaddle a baby from day one, while others say that you should wait until your baby is two weeks old. Either way, it’s definitely never too early to start using a swaddle with your new little one.
Are all swaddles the same?
No! There are so many options for parents when it comes to choosing a baby swaddle. There are several different styles, brands, weights, and sizes of fabric available for purchase.
How many swaddles do I need?
You’ll need a minimum of 3 or 4 swaddled for your baby. One is for the washing machine, one is for the dryer, one is extra and one is being used with the baby. That only leaves you with at least two spares in case of emergencies (like if you forget to put a swaddle back into the washer after cleaning it).
What are some good brands of swaddles that I can buy?
Almost every major brand has its own line of baby swaddled including, Aden + Anais, Little Unicorn, Halo, Woombie, Ollie Swaddle, Summer Infant, and more.
What other types of items do I need to include in my swaddle? You’ll also want to consider getting a swaddle blanket or two that can double as a changing pad. You’ll want at least one spare to use as a clean place for baby to lay when he’s having a dirty diaper.
Is there anything else I should know about buying and using swaddled? One thing you may want to think about is investing in a couple of swaddle pads to protect your baby’s skin from getting irritated by the swaddling material. With so many different types of materials out there, you should think carefully about what might be best for your particular baby. Some people will need a lightweight fabric while others will require something much thicker and more durable.
What are some good swaddle pads that I can buy?
Some brands to consider are, Copper Pearl, SwaddleDesigns, JellyFish Baby and more. And don’t forget that you may even need a few spare safety pins to make it easier to put your baby in the swaddles!
Is there anything else I should know about swaddling my baby?
Swaddling your baby too tightly can cause suffocation and asphyxiation, so always make sure that their face is unobstructed by the fabric. In order to combat this problem, parents should swaddle their babies’ arms above the covers instead of below it. What’s more, you should ensure that your baby’s legs and hips are able to move freely. That way, they can stretch out their upper body without too much difficulty.
How do I safely swaddle my baby?
For safety purposes, always place your little one on his or her back when swaddling them up. You should also ensure that there isn’t a lot of excess fabric hanging off of them. And remember not to swaddle them too tightly!
Do I have to swaddle my baby?
No, it’s your personal choice whether or not you want to swaddle your little one. Many parents love the idea of using a swaddled because they believe that their children sleep better as a result of being swaddled. But for others, it can be a nightmare trying to get baby out of the swaddle and into bed without waking them up!
What other products do I need to buy for my new baby?
Choosing the right products for your newborn is essential because babies change so rapidly. You’ll want these items to grow with them. You’ll want to look for products that are versatile or multi-functional so you don’t have to constantly be buying new stuff every time your child gets bigger.
How many muslin swaddles do i need?
You’ll want to get at least 3-4 muslin swaddles. One is always in the wash (which means you always have one on hand), one is being used with the baby, and one is extra.
How many swaddles do i need for hospital?
You’ll want at least 3 swaddles. One is always in the wash, one is being used with the baby, and one is extra.
How many burp clothes do i need?
You’ll want at least 3 burp cloths. One is always in the wash, one is being used with the baby, and one is extra.
How many receiving blankets do i need?
You’ll want at least 2 receiving blankets so when one is already soaked with baby spit, you can use the other one. However, you can get 3 to be on the safe side so you never lack a blanket if you fail to wash it on time.
What are the different types of blankets?
You can buy a variety of different-sized blankets. These include:
- receiving: These are blankets that you need immediately you have your baby. They are used to create the swaddle and lay baby on.
- muslin: These blankets will be your best friend. They’re light and airy so it’s perfect for summer weather, but they also keep you warm in the winter because of how much they breathe.
- plush/wool: You may want these type of blankets because they are warm and cozy for your baby. However, it’s important to note that they may irritate skin more than muslin blankets.
- Swaddle: These are blankets that you swaddle your baby in. They’re different from receiving blankets because they often have velcro on them so your child can’t get out of it easily.
- fleece: If you live somewhere really cold, fleece blankets will be perfect for you to use during the wintertime.
- Crib Sheets: Crib sheets are a must-have because there’s no way you’ll be able to keep track of your baby’s original bedding in the hospital.
What is the difference between swaddling and containment?
- Swaddling means wrapping up your baby with a blanket so he or she is safe in their own contained space without being able to move or escape. Containment, on the other hand, means keeping your baby in a crib with no blankets for when he or she falls asleep.
When is it okay to stop swaddling my child?
- It’s okay to stop swaddling when your little one is able to roll over onto his or her stomach by themselves. It’s important to note that some babies take longer than others, so you’ll have to consult your pediatrician before stopping completely.
How do I stop swaddling my little one?
- It’s very easy. All you need to do is gently start to remove the top layer of the swaddle first and then gradually undo the rest. You don’t want to surprise your baby with a sudden exposure because it may startle them awake.
What are the benefits of swaddling?
- Swaddling often helps babies sleep longer, deeper, more soundly, and for longer periods of time. It also helps little ones who are separating anxiety feel safe when their parents need to leave the room.
I am Ashley Davis, a mom of three kids and the editor here at Motherhood HQ (formerly 10BabyGear). I have been a parent since 2011 and have been doing full-time consulting as a baby sleep expert since 2019. When I am not researching or testing the next baby gear hitting the market, you’ll find me teaching my toddlers a trick or two – especially over the last few months with the lockdown. I hope you’ll find my guides and reviews helpful as you make your next purchase decision. If you have any questions, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.