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Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the Miracle Blanket work so much better than other products and blankets?
The truth is that we aren't sure yet. But after talking to thousands of customers, we have developed one main theory: Research has shown that the two best fussiness "eliminators" are classic swaddling and gentle abdominal pressure. A lateral belly wrap is a very old Irish remedy for fussiness that is comprised of a long band of "stretchy" fabric that is wrapped around a babies abdomen to provide a gentle, even, lateral pressure around the baby's mid-section. Ours is the first and only product that combines these two incredibly effective solutions in one product. Because of the way our design combines the perfect classic swaddle with the even, horizontal pressure of the lateral belly wrap, it seems to work better than anyone ever thought possible.

When should I stop swaddling?
There are many differing opinions on this. We, at Miracle Industries, think 14 weeks is a good time to stop. Babies typically begin to turn over some time after 14 weeks, and we feel that it is important to stop before that ability begins. If a swaddled baby managed to roll over, the result would be a swaddled baby in a face-down position. Swaddling should only ever be used in a face-up position. For this reason, we recommend stopping tight swaddling at 14 weeks, not just in our blanket, but in any tight swaddling solution. The good news is that it is also at about this age that babies gain enough motor control to get their hands to their mouths reliably and begin to overcome the Moro Reflex so that they are able to learn the self-soothing technique of non-nutritive sucking.

Why is the Miracle Blanket so expensive?
We consider our customers part of our "family". So we want to give an honest, straight answer to this question - even if it means giving up a few secrets:

The main reason for the high price is that the blanket is nearly six feet wide and the material has to be cut on a 45 degree angle to provide just the right amount of stretch or it doesn't work as well (this is actually part of our patented design specs). This causes a lot of waste. Regular square blankets are cheap because they are simply a length of fabric cut every four feet and sewn around the edges in straight lines. As a matter of fact, according to our mfg costs, our price should be approximately 50% higher than it is! Several manufacturers have seen the blanket and claimed they could make it for less. After we explained our exacting standards and the quality of fabric we require, we quickly find out that we are getting the best price available. We are constantly looking for ways to get our mfg costs down, but we WILL NOT sacrifice quality or effectiveness.

And remember: If you don't think the extra sleep is worth every penny, call us and we'll refund ALL of your money!

Why should I swaddle?
Many experts suggest that swaddling in the first several months eases babies through the shock of suddenly being out of the womb by duplicating many of the sensations of the womb. Many babies do not handle this transition well, and some recent research suggests that this may be the main cause of fussiness.

Swaddling seems so confining. Is it good for a baby's development?
This question is the main reason western cultures all but abandoned the practice of swaddling over the past 100 (or so) years. Think about how comfortable the baby was when she was in the womb - total darkness, the sounds of Mom's heartbeat, her blood pumping, her breathing, her talking, her stomach gurgling, a snug fit ... very little other input. Suddenly they are thrust into a world of light where their little arms and legs flail and flinch without control. Their little razor-sharp nails scratch their little face and their heavy head lolls without support. Giving your baby a few more months of some of the snug, supporting, and warm sensations of the womb should not be seen as an insensitive act - but a loving one.

My baby squirms and seems to fight when he's swaddled. Does this mean he doesn't like it?
Most babies squirm quite a bit when swaddled, especially at first. This does not mean they don't like it. The fact is, very young babies don't have very much - if any - muscle control and their arms and legs flail without them being able to control them. Swaddling actually helps limit this movement so the baby can relax and calm down. If your baby continues to squirm, and doesn't calm down after 5-10 minutes, take him out of the blanket and give him a few minutes to rest and try it again. Eventually, your baby will relax at the mere sight of a swaddling blanket.

Can my baby overheat because of swaddling?
Although it is possible for your baby to overheat, it has been shown that swaddling alone cannot cause overheating. However, here a few simple measures that will eliminate this concern altogether:
1) Wrap her in the Miracle Blanket and diaper only.
2) Be sure the room in which the baby is sleeping is not too warm. The room should feel comfortable to a lightly dressed adult.
3) If overheating is still a concern you can wrap your baby in the Miracle Blanket with his/her feet outside of the foot pocket.

How Can I tell if my baby is overheated?
If your baby's tummy feels overly warm to the touch, or he/she is perspiring, it is important to observe the measures mentioned above in the question, "Can my baby overheat because of swaddling?"

Can swaddling make it hard for my baby to breathe?
The University of Washington published a study in mid-2002 that shows that this is generally not a concern - as long as the wrap is not exceedingly tight. Swaddling works best when your baby is wrapped "snugly" but comfortably. The Miracle Blanket is very effective in keeping the hands and body in the proper position. Keep in mind that most babies LOVE to be wrapped very snugly ... it feels more like the womb.

What is the "Rooting Response"?
Infants have one talent when they are born: Finding a nipple. If they feel something touch their face, they assume that it may be a nipple and they will begin to try to position their head to take advantage of the potential food source. This is very frustrating for the baby when they are awakened by something touching their face and they cannot find a nipple. It is for this reason that it is important to avoid blankets and bedding that touch your baby's cheeks while he/she is sleeping.

What is the "Moro Reflex"/Startle Reflex?
The Moro Reflex is the tendency of infants to startle and "jump" for no apparent reason. Nearly all babies do this - some more constantly than others. This comes with several different theories. One suggests that without the "all-over support" of the fluid in the womb, the baby frequently experiences a "falling" sensation and startles awake. This reflex can be virtually eliminated by the sensation created by swaddling.

My baby squirms and grabs while breastfeeding. Does swaddling help this?
One of the greatest things about swaddling (of any kind) is how much easier it makes it for mom or dad to hold baby still while feeding. Baby's arms are secure, he is comfy and he is very easy to position.

My baby likes one arm free to suck his thumb. Can I still swaddle?
Absolutely. Although you should try to get your baby used to the feeling of having both arms inside the blanket to avoid scratching and twitching, you can certainly leave an arm free if your baby likes that better. If you are a "swaddling artist" you can accomplish this with a normal receiving blanket. However, it makes it much easier for your baby to struggle out of the blanket. With the Miracle Blanket you can actually leave one arm free and maintain the total effectiveness of the blanket. Many people use it this way, and love it for that reason.

Can I leave both of my baby's arms free?
We don't suggest leaving both arms free. When you do this, most of the effects of swaddling are relinquished. Baby's arms will twitch, scratch and flail. With both arms free the only part of the baby that is (essentially) swaddled is the belly. One arm free is usually okay because some babies have a use for that hand - sucking. But two arms free pretty much defeats the purpose of swaddling.

I want to send this as a gift. Do you offer giftwrapping?
We would love to offer giftwrapping, but the cost of having a shipping house giftwrap each gift is extremely high. Just setting up the process to make it possible is extraordinarily expensive, and the only way for us to make that happen would be to increase the price of the blanket considerably, which is something we definitely don't want to do. However, because we know a large portion of the blankets we sell from this website are gifts, we package them with that in mind: The package we ship does not include the price of the blanket, and we will enclose a gift note for free if you specify one on the ordering page.

Professional Testimonial: Jenny Anderson - Infant/Toddler Teacher
Hi Mike,
By the list of the testimonials on the web site, I would say business is doing well. Let me offer another one:

I can tell you that the staff have been very satisfied with the blanket. In fact, I had a new teacher who wasn't around when I first got the blankets and the other teachers forgot where they came from and she was asking about them. She was so excited that an 8 month baby who had never been able to sleep in a crib before is now doing so with the blanket. Before she started at our program, she was sleeping in her car seat, which is not safe. A mother of another infant was also excited that her baby was able to sleep so soundly with all the noise that an infant room in a day care center can make. The vote is out and everyone is very satisfied.

I would also like to thank you for your generosity in providing us with these blankets. They are holding up well with multiple washings. I only put out a few in the classrooms at a time and I have yet to replace those first few blankets. I can tell you that I am looking at having a baby sometime soon in the future and I will definitely be looking you up for blankets when the time comes. And it makes the best baby shower gift!

Jenny- Infant/Toddler Teacher

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Customer Testimonial: Tracy
My husband and I recieved the miracle blanket as a shower gift from a close friend. She works in the medical feild with a lot of moms and dads. She heard such great stories of the miracle blanket that she got us one. I remember pulling it out of the package thinking what goes where. When we packed out the bag to go to go to the hospital we brought our blanket with us. From the first night all the way until he started to roll over he used it. He loved this swaddling blanket so much. When some babies his age were only sleeping 3 hours at a time Dominic was sleeping 6 hrs a night. Which was great!! We are so happy with this product. It's the best blanket on the market! I recommend it to all my friends and family members that are having babies and buy it as a shower gift. It is wonderful. I think that every new parent should have one.. Thanks so much, Chris and Tracy

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