That's a wrap: Parents find peace with baby blanket
As a recent member of the sleep-deprivation club known as New Parents, I am always on the lookout for anything to help my precious little bundle of joy sleep. Because when she sleeps, I sleep, and when I sleep, I can remember my own name. Usually.
I would like to share a wonderful product with other new parents and babies who could use a little help.
My husband and I celebrated the birth of our first child, Sicilia, last April. After a wonderfully easy, quick birth, we thought we had been blessed by the gods. "Well! That was nothing! This parenthood thing is going to be a breeze!" we thought.
One week later, two confident, professional adults had been replaced by two small mumbling lumps on the floor, covered in baby spit-up. Breastfeeding was not going well, sleeping was not going well, and no one had gotten out of the house since the baby had been born. So started the search for anything that would help.
We tried anything and everything that offered a glimmer of hope for light at the end of the tunnel (or is that an oncoming train?). Still, every night, we were up. All night long. Every hour. Sometimes we would walk the halls. Sometimes, we would go for a drive. But when the motion stopped, the crying would start again.
As a nurse who has worked with babies, I knew that a swaddled baby is usually a sleeping baby. But how to swaddle my 11-pounder with a tiny receiving blanket? I decided to look online and see if anybody had designed anything to work with a bigger baby.
And then I found it. The one baby product I could not have survived without. The Amazing Miracle Blanket. I read the parent testimonials and decided to try it.
This is a wonderful invention. It has a pocket for the baby's feet and little flaps on the inside to help swaddle the baby's arms to his sides. Then it has about 3 extra feet of cloth to wrap around and around and around.
What makes it so great is the baby can't wriggle out of it. Babies like a tight wrap because it reminds them of the security they felt snug inside the uterus. It took my husband and I about two days to get the hang of how to wrap it correctly. The first night, my little angel of the morning slept five hours straight. Worried when I woke, I crept on tiptoe into the nursery, and there she was, sleeping. The second night, she slept eight hours. On the third day, I ordered two more blankets for diaper mishaps.
Our daughter slept with her blanket until she was almost 8 months old. I wasn't worried about weaning her from it. I knew that time would come on its own.
I now try to tell all of my patients who are new moms about this product. The Miracle Blanket is $29.95 and is sold online at miracleblanket.com or by calling the company directly at (866) 286-6386. It is also available in Louisville at The Nest, a mother and baby boutique at 1819 Bardstown Road, (502) 458-6060.
Thanks for letting me share something that worked for us. Maria Giacalone, RN
The Courier-Journal--Louisville, KY
Professional Testimonial: Pediatrician - Roswell, Georgia (name and info provided upon request)
We used the miracle blanket swaddling blanket on our third baby, and she did very well with it. The miracle blanket was initially suggested by one of my patients, and I have since suggested it routinely to many families whose babies were especially difficult to soothe. I usually also suggest Dr karp's book, which dovetails nicely with the swaddling philosophy, as well as a white noise generator. The combination of these works well to safely and reliably soothe even the most fussy babies, in my experience.
Dr. Roy XXX
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Customer Testimonial: The Swansons
I just hope you can get word of your blanket out. i have a velcro kind and while my son likes it, it is not the greatest design. I wish I would have had miracle blankets for my first two kids. My third baby loves it!
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