8 Tips to Help Your Toddler Back to Sleep After Waking

We’ve all been through it.  You’ve put your toddler to bed.  Bedtime was soothing and calm. The little one fell asleep and appeared to be out like a light.  Then, an hour or so later, they show up looking wide awake.

When your son or daughter was just a baby, you might have responded to waking times by calming him or her back to sleep. That said, now that your child’s a toddler, it’s possible to teach your little one to use his or her own abilities to get back to sleep. It’s a process that can take time, but both you and your toddler are able to get through it successfully. No, really! All you need is a bit of planning and a lot of patience.

Use the following steps to teach your toddler to fall asleep without you after waking in the night.

  • Use a healthy bedtime routine – When your child starts winding down early and goes through the same routine at the same time every night, he or she will become more restful. The more restful your child is before actually falling asleep, the more likely he or she will be to remain sleeping through the night.
  • Choose the right bedding – Soft, comfortable bedding can make a big difference to your child’s comfort. This includes the right toddler pillow. A pillow made in the right size and with the proper amount of fill will keep your little one comfortable all night and less likely to wake up out of discomfort.
  • Leave the room before your child falls asleep – At bedtime, make a habit of being a part of the winding down routine, but leave once your little one is calm and yet still awake. This will help your child to become more accustomed to falling asleep without your presence. Do this gradually.  Start leaving when he or she is drifting off.  Then start heading away earlier and earlier.
  • Promote self-soothing – Give your child a lovey to snuggle. This can be very comforting and help your little one to feel soothed even when you’re not there.
  • Stay calm – If your child continues to get up and seek you out during the night, be very calm.  Don’t carry on a conversation and resist the urge to issue corrections or give a lesson. Instead, quietly walk your little one back to bed, tuck him or her back in and head out once more. Try to ignore whining, crying or anger.  The goal is to show that getting up in the night won’t bring any further attention.  It will only return him or her to bed again.
  • Wait before reacting – If your little one wakes during the night and calls out for you, try waiting a few minutes before reacting. Sometimes, your child is actually tired enough that after a few minutes, he or she will self-soothe and fall asleep without you.
  • Be consistent – Try to repeat the same steps every night regardless of whether it’s bedtime or you’re sending your little one back to bed after waking up and climbing out.  The more you are consistent, the more successful your efforts will be.  Breaking your strategy will only lead to setbacks.
  • Praise – Don’t forget to dole out the praise the next morning when your little one makes it through the night without getting up.  After all, it’s an achievement and it’s worth celebrating!

 

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Tummy, Back, or Side Sleeper? Does Your Kid Need a Standard or Less-Fill Toddler Pillow?

Choosing the right toddler pillow for your small sized sleeper is the perfect way to ensure comfort while supporting the neck and spine throughout the night.

By deciding to choose a toddler pillow or youth pillow instead of a typical “grown-up” pillow, you’re already off on the right foot. The smaller size of these options automatically ensures a better fit.

That said, depending on whether your son or daughter sleeps on his/her tummy, back, or side (or all three!), you may also want to adjust the amount of fill within those kids pillows. This will help to make sure that your child’s spinal alignment and even respiration will receive the support they need all night long.

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The goal is to try to achieve a neutral position for the spine. This means that the head, neck and upper back should line up nicely while in the preferred resting position. If a toddler pillow is forcing the head and neck into another position, it may add unnecessary pressure to muscles, nerves, and discs.

Consider the following as you choose a standard fill, less fill or custom fill for your child’s toddler pillow or youth pillow.

  •         Back sleepers – Back sleepers are often given thicker pillows than are actually ideal for their spinal alignment and their comfort. Many people feel that back sleepers need a thick and fluffy pillow, elevating the head slightly. However, this causes the spine to curve and can make it tougher to breathe comfortably. The ideal pillow for a back sleeper will usually be a standard fill pillow.

 

For kids who are back sleepers, the standard fill pillow is usually perfect because its loft is not too great, and it is very soft, allowing the back of the head to sink into it while the neck remains supported.

  •         Tummy sleepers – Although it’s usually recommended that we don’t sleep onour stomachs as it makes it quite difficult to maintain a neutral spinal position, try telling that to your little one when he or she is sound asleep! If your son or daughter is a tummy sleeper, the best thing you can do is to make sure he or she has the right kind of pillow. Choosing a thinner, low-loft pillow is usually best for a tummy sleeper because it stops the head from being forced upward and the spine from being bent unnaturally backward.

Kids who sleep on their tummies usually do best with the less-fill pillow, instead of the standard.This will help to keep the spine aligned and the head and neck comfy.  Extra tip: using a breathable, hypoallergenic pillowcase and a washable pillow is particularly important for tummy sleepers.

 

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  • Side Sleepers – Side sleeping is the most common position for kids and adults alike. Fortunately, it’s also one of the best ways to keep the head, neck, and spine aligned, provided the right pillow is used.

Kids who sleep on their sides usually sleep best with a standard fill pillow, that keeps the spine aligned.

Naturally, no child stays in one position all night long.  Usually, they change it up quite a lot, turning in many directions (sometimes upside down!).  Choosing the pillow based on their most common sleeping position can help to ensure the most comfortable and restful sleep at night and during naptimes.

How Using Aromatherapy Improve Kids’ Sleep

Some kids fall asleep as soon as their heads hit the pillow. Others struggle to be able to settle down and become restful. For those that don’t drop off as easily, there are many things you can do to help ease them and lull them to sleep. Lullabies, bedtime stories, and calming routines are all helpful to little ones who need to shake off all the excitement of the day.

Don’t forget that appealing to all the senses can do wonders for making kids sleepy and helping them to rest. Dimming the lights eases their eyes and encourages melatonin production. Speaking in a quiet voice is soothing and avoids exciting little ones. A soft pillowcase, fluffy pillow, and snuggly lovey are all comfortable to touch.

Just as appealing to those senses can help, so can the right aromatherapy through the sense of smell. Using bath time and skin care products with natural bedtime scents is a beautiful way to create a calming and familiar routine.

The natural – not synthetic – fragrance of lavender and chamomile, for example, are well known to be soothing and promote restfulness. In fact, they’ve been used for that purpose for hundreds of years, and their effects have been studied and documented in reputable medical research.

Selecting baby wash and a moisturizing lotion with those natural scents can make bath time and a gentle massage afterward into the perfect activity to enjoy before tucking a little one in at night.

Other areas where you can introduce calming aroma-therapeutic scents into your little one’s bedtime routine include the bedding itself. A gentle linen spray that contains lavender essential oil can help to further the effect of the scent from the bath.

The key is to use this scent properly, particularly when it comes to bedding near your child’s nose. A gentle hand will be best in starting the use of a linen spray as a highly effective bedtime helper.81vUy1MqsIL._SX522_

Start by giving the inside of the bedding a small spritz. This way, it will help your little one to become accustomed to the soft scent. Do this every night at bedtime for a week.  The next week try spritzing one side of the pillowcase and turning that side down toward the bed. That way, it’s closer to your little sleeper’s face, without being right against it.  Try that for a  week or so as well.

 

Over time, as your son or daughter becomes used to the scent, it will become increasingly calming and you will find yourself spritzing it over the bedding each night. This will turn the bedroom into an environment where all the senses are relaxed and readied for a restful night of sleep.

In fact, it can be so helpful that when your little one needs to travel or sleep away from home, a little spritz of that same scent can help to shake away the jitters and nerves from having to sleep in a strange place.

 

Handy Toilet Training Checklist to Keep Stress Low and Success High

Toilet training can be a very daunting time for parents. Though it may seem like a relatively straight-forward process, when the time comes to start to introduce the toilet and reduce dependency on diapers, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

There are, after all, many factors to consider. There is a wealth of advice available (both requested and unsolicited) but many tips are conflicting and it’s tough to know which ones will be right for your kid. Even knowing whether or not a child is ready can make even the calmest parent feel jittery.

It’s important to remind yourself that there is no single perfect way to toilet train a child.  The goal isn’t to try to make everything ideal all the way through and feel guilty or frustrated when things go wrong. The goal is to try to help to make the transition as smooth as possible and to recover quickly and in a positive way when things don’t happen according to plan.

Use the following checklist to help to make sure you’re ready to give your child as smooth and positive an experience as possible, keeping stress levels down and success levels high.

  • Talk about it – Talk about going to the bathroom and the various stages involved in that. This can involve demonstrating how the toilet is used, including flushing afterward (which many children love), followed by hand washing. The more you talk about it, the more comfortable and interested your child may become.
  • Watch for signs that he/she is ready – Every child has his or her own time to be ready for toilet training. This in involves both physical and emotional readiness. Watch for when the dry times between diaper changes are longer and more consistent. Watch to see if your child chooses to have bowel movements on his/her own or in a hidden place, even though he or she is still wearing diapers. Signs like these indicate both interest and potential readiness.
  • Choose a technique – There are many different guides and tools to help during the transition. Decide whether or not you will be using Pull-Ups, a kids’ potty, or a training seat on the actual toilet, and so on.
  • Always use the bathroom – Even if you’re using a kids’ potty instead of the toilet for the first while, keep it in the bathroom to reinforce the need to use that room and only that room for toilet-related activities. In fact, place the potty next to the toilet if there’s room to do so, to further encourage the association with the activity. Ideally, there should be one potty in every bathroom in your home so your little one never needs to travel far.
  • Be consistent – Once toilet training starts, make sure all caregivers are on board with the same strategy. Consistency is very reassuring and can help to avoid preventable mistakes along the way.
  • Be prepared for accidents – This includes having a fresh full change of clothes ready for your little one wherever you go (yes, even a shirt…when it happens, you’ll know why) and protecting furniture, particularly the bed, with a waterproof mattress protector and pillow protector. That way, when accidents occur, you’ll be ready for them and less likely to become frustrated.
  • Buy clothing that is easy to remove – Ideally, your child should be able to pull down his or her own clothing quite easily. In this way, once your child feels the need to use the toilet, there won’t be a risk of an accident because s/he can’t get his/her clothing off in time.
  • Make potty time fun – Sitting on a potty chair can be dull. Place a couple of (washable) toys within easy reach of the potty or read books during this time.  That way, your child will not associate the time with boredom and avoid it.
  • Be ready for setbacks – Try to keep a positive attitude and a good sense of humor.  Some kids transition to a toilet quickly while others need time. Be prepared for some messy surprises and – as much as you might feel inclined to become frustrated – avoid getting angry or losing patience with your little one.

Remember that this is a time in which your little one is in control, and you’re there to provide support and resources. You can’t make things go any faster than they are supposed to for your child. Instead of rushing things, be prepared, be positive and celebrate your victories together.

 

Travel Tips – How to Get Your Toddler to Sleep When You’re Away from Home

The holiday season is a wonderful opportunity to see family and friends you don’t typically get to visit throughout much of the rest of the year. This sends families on car trips, train trips, on busses and to airports across the country. After all the excitement of the trip and seeing the people you’ve been missing, it would be easy to assume that your little ones will fall asleep very quickly at night…until reality kicks in.

That said, when you’re away from home and you’ve tucked your little one into a different bed, it’s incredible how determined that little rascal can be to keep those tired eyes open! Trying to get your child to settle at night when you’re away from home can suddenly become more daunting than you’d expected.

We’re here for you! After going through this many times with our own children, the Little Sleepy Head team has come up with a list of tried-and-true tips and techniques to keep those excited travelers on  as close to a normal sleep schedule as possible

  •         Bring your child’s pillow and pillowcase from home – The familiar fill, fabric and even smell of your kid’s own pillow and pillowcase can help your little one settle down more easily at night.  Most of us struggle to sleep in a strange bed, but the pillow your child is used to can make things feel more “normal” at night no matter where they are. When your kid uses a toddler pillow and pillowcase, it’s not difficult to toss it into a carry-on, backpack or tote as it’s not nearly as large as a standard pillow.
  •         Never forget your child’s lovey at home – For similar reasons that a pillow can be comforting to your child, so can his or her lovey. That favorite toy is a friend that provides comfort to many different senses and should be considered as important as your passports and cell phone. Many kids hold their loveys in special ways when they’re falling asleep. Ensuring these toys or blankets are present makes sure kids don’t need to try to come up with a new sleep position when they’re already sleeping in an unfamiliar place.
  •         Stick to regular bedtimes – When you’re away from home, it’s tempting to throw all schedules out the window. After all, you’re on vacation! However, this can throw off your child’s internal sleeping and waking clock.  It will only make it harder for him or her to fall asleep at night  and can set them up for meltdowns the next day due to exhaustion. It’s better to maintain a bedtime and waking time just as you would at home, to keep your little one’s clock on time.
  •         Lean on aromatherapy – A little spritz from a lavender linen spray can help to create a calming bedtime environment.  If you’re already using this scent at home, that’s even better as it will feel very familiar to your little one, especially when he or she closes his or her eyes. Lavender has been used as calming aromatherapy for centuries.

When it all comes down to it, the key to easing your little one to sleep at night no matter where they are is to create a soothing, comfortable and familiar environment. Enjoy a calming bedtime routine, keep the lights dim, leave devices with screens out of the bedroom and try to encourage restfulness as much as you can. Even if that first night is a bit rough, don’t give up on the next one!

How to Keep Kids From Losing it Over the Holidays

Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends – we’re all guilty of it. We absolutely love to give presents to kids during the holidays. Of course we do! Giving is fun and it’s heartwarming to see little ones light up when they receive something they truly adore.

Unfortunately, this glut of excitement can be overwhelming to kids and going overboard with gifts can turn little cherubs into ungrateful monsters who are never satisfied and always want more.

Does this mean that you should stop giving your kids gifts over the holidays? Of course not! However, if you want to make sure your incredible little boy or girl stays as amazing as you know they are, even at this time of year, it’s a good idea to help them to stay down to earth.

The following are some helpful strategies you can add to the holiday experience for your kids to help to make sure that gift giving remains fun, but they don’t end up with unwanted outcomes.

  •         Teach the joy of giving – The holiday season isn’t just about receiving. It’s also about giving. Give kids the chance to feel good from altruistic activities. Encourage them to be happy helpers. Teach them about the importance of sharing. Set an example by making them a part of donations and volunteer work you do and explain why it’s important. Helping those in need is, after all, the true spirit of the holiday, and the earlier a child is exposed to it, the more it will mean to them throughout their lives.

 

  •         Focus on esteem-building activities – Instead of focusing exclusively on the gift giving, concentrate on esteem-building activities that will help to turn the holiday season into a more complete experience. Holiday themed crafts are perfect for this, allowing kids to discover new skills, feel proud of what they’ve made and contribute to the decorating in your home. Crafts can also make wonderful gifts for grandparents, aunts and uncles, letting them share in the fun of giving. We recently posted a Snow Covered Pine Cone DIY on our blog and it has been a hit!

 

  •         Stick to schedules – The holiday season is a special time of year but sticking to schedules such as set eating times, bedtimes, and waking times, it can make it easier for kids to cope with the excitement and remain in control of what they’re feeling.  Maintaining a bedtime routine is especially important because a good night of sleep can prevent all sorts of unpleasantness the next day. If you want to make bedtime festive, consider a holiday themed toddler pillowcase (we happen to love reindeer) and bedtime story.

By showing kids that the holiday season has a lot more to it beyond receiving gifts, it can become much more enjoyable to the entire family, while it offers the family the opportunity to create traditions you’ll always cherish.

DIY Snow Covered Pinecones

The holiday season is upon us and that means time to decorate. Maybe you’ve finished and the house looks b-e-a-utiful. Or maybe you’re searching the isles of your local home store for the perfect accents before your in-laws roll into town for that annual holiday party your family convinced you to host. Either way, this DIY we’ve put together is the perfect addition to your mantle, coffee table, or that side table you can never figure out how to spruce up.

What you will need: 

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1: A bag of pinecones. We used 5, but you can make as many as you would like! 🙂 

2: Mod Podge glue. This can be found at your local craft store

3: A bag of fake snow. This can also be found at your local craft store 

4: Two paper plates 

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1: Poor a good amount of glue onto a paper plate 

2: Poor the bag of fake snow onto another paper plate 

3: Take one pinecone and roll the sides of the pinecone into the glue

4: Take the glued pinecone and roll it in the fake snow 

5: Repeat steps 1 – 4 for each pinecone

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How easy was that?

We hope you enjoyed this craft as much as we did! 🙂

 

5 Natural Scents to Encourage a Restful Night for Your Child

Aromatherapy is a surprisingly powerful technique for using certain scents to promote various responses from the body and mind.  It’s funny to think that something as simple as a smell can change a mood, but it is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and that increasingly is being used in conventional medicine, too.

Our sense of smell is actually quite underrated as it is not as well understood as our other senses and it doesn’t feel as though it is quite as vital as sight, touch, and hearing, for example. Still, if the smell of baking cookies can make you smile and think back to special times with your grandma, or if the smell of a compost heap can make you want to rapidly back away, then it becomes much easier to understand just how much an aroma can affect us.

When bedtime comes around, natural scents can be a perfect choice for helping to create a calm and soothing sleep environment for kids and adults alike. The key is to choose something soothing such as lavender and chamomile and to avoid more invigorating smells such as eucalyptus.

The following are some of the top essential oils used in aromatherapy to promote healthy sleep habits:

  1.      Lavender – This is the scent you’re most likely to have known would be on this list. The soft floral smell of natural lavender is exceptionally widely recognized as one that promotes calm and relaxation. It can help to ease anxieties and concerns Towels & Bottle nd promote restfulness, preparing the body and mind for sleep throughout the night. Check out our new linen spray made from lavender essential oils.
  2.      Chamomile – With its sweet scent comparative to a combination of herbs and apples, inhaling the smell of chamomile has been linked with relaxation of the mood, muscles, and even brain waves!  It has been studied for its impact on reducing hyperactivity in children as well as moodiness in adults.  It can help to ease headaches, bruises, digestive cramping, and pains associated with sprains and certain allergies. This scent is also considered to be one of the gentlest and is often recommended for babies and children. Some research has looked into its positive influence on colic symptoms.
  3.      Frankincense – This exotic scent comes with a soothing capability to balance the emotions to calm the mind and body and support healthy sleep.  It may even promote a better response to the body’s natural healing processes.
  4.      Cedarwood – This inexpensive essential oil is highly fragranced, so a very small amount goes a long way.  It is believed to help support pineal gland function.  Why does that matter? Melatonin is produced within the pineal gland and melatonin is the natural hormone associated with the body’s sleeping and waking clock.
  5.      Vetiver – This essential oil comes from the roots of the vitiver plant.  For that reason, its scent is quite earthy.  This makes it a subtle addition to a sleep environment, though it also combines well with other essential oils because, when used with thrift, it will not overpower them.  Among the scents with which it combines very well is lavender. It is believed to help to promote psychological calm and stability to ease stresses anxieties and an overactive mind at night.

9 Must-Have Items to Make Holiday Travel Bright

Traveling with Kids: 9 Must-Have Items to Make Holiday Travel Bright!

The holidays are a wonderful time for visiting with friends and family. Sometimes that means traveling across the city, state, or even partway across the country. Especially when flying with your little ones, your packing will likely involve more challenges than simply trying to remember how many ounces of liquids you’re allowed in your carry-on luggage.

After all, regardless of whether you’re traveling by car or by plane, that’s a long time to ask a kid to sit still and be quiet. The key to a happy trip is to plan ahead, pack strategically, and know how to keep your small-sized traveler comfortable and entertained.

The following are a few handy items to bring with you on your trip this year, to keep all your spirits bright and (hopefully) stress-free:

  1. A wheelie bag – A kid having his or her own roller bag feels all grown up, looking just like you with your luggage. This can also make it easier to find his or her carry-on items because they’re all stored together.
  2. Travel games – Depending on your child’s age and the activities he or she enjoys, there are lots of fun, small-sized travel games you can pack for regular sources of entertainment. These can include mini magnetic games (tic tac toe, etc), drawing pads, coloring books, crayons, toy “friends,” a tablet, and headphones.
  3. Portable charger – That tablet full of fun game apps is only helpful when it has enough juice to keep going. A portable charger can help to keep the batteries all powered up for hours of extra entertainment. Our favorite is made by Mogix. It’s small and convenient, yet super powerful! You can use code MOGIXPOW to receive 15% off on Amazon.
  4. A Lovey – The cuddly familiar look, feel and smell of a lovey can be extremely soothing to a child.  If he or she is anxious to travel or you just want to make the trip as calm as possible, don’t leave home without your kid’s lovey. Our new lovey animals do just the trick.
  5. Snacks – These are great for keeping a child busy, happy and quiet.  They can also double as a makeshift lunch when the airport terminal doesn’t have kid friendly food available or when you’re a long way from the next rest stop or town.
  6. A pillow – A small sized pillow in a snuggly pillowcase can instantly turn an uncomfortable car seat, plane seat or airport lounge chair into a comfy place for your kid to relax or even get a bit of sleep.
  7. Lavender spray – A small spritz of lavender linen spray can help calm a child and ease him or her to sleep, particularly if it is a scent used at home at bedtime. This item is best saved for car trips as many airports and airplanes have regulations against spraying fragrances due to the sensitivities of other passengers. Or you can pre-spray a pillow or article of clothing.
  8. Emergency bag – This is a small bag to slip inside your carry-on luggage which contains a change of clothes (because you never know), wet wipes, bandaids, tissues, a toothbrush and toothpaste, a hairbrush, a thermometer or fever strip, or anything else you might need on hand.
  9. Sunscreen – A long car ride near a window on a sunny day could be a recipe for a sunburn, even in winter. With a tube of sunscreen on hand, you’ll be ready to apply and re-apply to keep skin moisturized and protected from burns.

The last thing you’ll want to bring with you is a great attitude, a lot of patience, and some great songs to sing together to keep the feeling festive.

What No One Tells You About Swaddle Blankets (But You Really Should Know)

Swaddle blankets – and choosing the right ones – isn’t really something people talk about. It seems like it should be self explanatory. Step one: get blanket. Step two: make baby burrito. Step three: all set. Then comes reality when you realize it’s not quite that obvious. Any baby shower will usually provide a parent-to-be with half a dozen different options. Where do you start?

Whether you’re the parent, a guest at a baby shower, or you want to bring something with you when you meet a new baby for the first time, you’ll want to choose the right kind of swaddle blanket, not just any soft cover. That can feel like an overwhelming choice when you realize that there are dozens upon dozens of designs, fabrics, and colors from which to choose…especially when the mom-to-be isn’t registered for any of them. What do you do? How do you know which ones are perfect for a baby bundle and which should be avoided?

If your gift basket or your baby’s nursery is in need of a swaddle blanket, here are some great tips to head you in the right direction:

  • Fabric – The fabric is an exceptionally important factor to consider and is the perfect place to start when choosing a swaddle blanket. The best ones are made from a premium quality 100% cotton material. The reason is that they’re gentle, hypoallergenic, soft, lightweight, and washable.
  • Type – There are lots of different styles and designs from which to choose.  Traditional ones are easily foldable and square. They’re the right size to tuck and fold around an infant. Others have various fasteners meant to make it easier to wrap the little one without as much of a learning curve. Either will do the trick, but they also each have their own advantages and disadvantages. Many parents have their own reasons for their preferences.
  • Size – Many doctors recommend using only swaddling blankets for swaddling. Just because a blanket is soft and hypoallergenic, it doesn’t mean it’s ideal for wrapping an infant. It needs to be big enough to get the job done, but too much fabric can risk loose portions that can end up covering a baby’s face, increasing the chances of suffocation – clearly something that needs to be avoided at all cost. Leave regular blankets for older kids and keep the right size of swaddling blanket for that task.
  • Price – It’s important to find a careful balance between affordability and quality.  While it’s always great to find a deal, the cheapest option isn’t always the best one.  Savvy shoppers find premium products and use coupon codes or wait for sales to get the best product at the lowest price.

That said, beyond choosing the right swaddle blankets, there are some additional facts about these soft and snuggly cloths that are also helpful to know.

  • One at a time – New parents may be tempted to double up (or more) with swaddle blankets on cold days. Unfortunately, that is more likely to cause a baby to overheat than to make him or her feel toasty. It’s better to use only one blanket, wrapped properly, in a room of an appropriate temperature.
  • Don’t rush – When you’re not running on any sleep, it’s easy to want to rush through the swaddling process. Especially when you feel you’ve got the hang of it.  Try to avoid that inclination and put the same amount of care into it every time. This will help to prevent the wrap from being too tight, too loose, or from holding the infant’s body in the wrong position – each of which come with risk that you can easily avoid.
  • They’re great multi-purpose blankets – Experts may recommend that you use only swaddle blankets for swaddling. That said, most babies end up with more of them than they actually need, and they grow out of them very quickly. While you can easily donate them, keep one in a memory box or store some for a possible little brother or sister in the future, there are other uses for them, too. For instance, many parents love to use this breathable cotton as a car blanket or seat cover, a breastfeeding cover, a toddler naptime blanket, or even a lovey as the baby gets older.

The health, safety, and comfort of a baby is always the top priority when choosing a swaddle blanket. When you make the right choice, that gentle cover can make all the difference to that newest little family member.