The benefits of swaddling an infant are well known and accepted. Proper swaddling will help your infant sleep better feeling safe and relaxed. Swaddling allows your baby to sleep longer by keeping her from startling herself when she moves her arms and legs. Furthermore, by keeping their hands inside the blanket they are not able to scratch themselves as much. Swaddling has also been shown to reduce the occurrence of colic as well as to decrease the risk of SIDS in infants. When choosing a swaddling blanket for your infant, you want one that is big enough to wrap around your baby and keep her snug to provide the feeling of being in the womb. You also want to choose a swaddling blanket that is organic so that your baby is not exposed to chemicals and pesticides. Below are great examples of organic swaddling blankets.
1. SwaddleDesigns® organic collection is made from certified organic cotton flannel so you can be sure that you are purchasing a truly organic swaddling blanket. The flannel is preshrunk and does not contain any pesticides or insecticides. What I love about these swaddling blankets is that there are swaddling instructions sewn into the edge of each blanket. This makes a wonderful gift to new parents who have never had to swaddle a newborn. You can purchase these swaddling blankets from SwaddleDesigns online for about $30 per blanket from several retailers (see their website for links or Google “ultimate receiving blanket”).
2. The Stretch Organic Solana Swaddle Wrap “Baby Tree” is a wonderful swaddling blanket for your baby. Made from 100% organic cotton, this pesticide free blanket has a green and white trim that is made from 100% organic twill. This knit blanket is lightweight and slightly stretchable which allows you to get a good, snug swaddle for your infant. The blanket is oversized (45″ x 45″) which allows you to use this as a mat or blanket as your infant grows past the swaddling stage. At $35.95, it is a great bargain for a large, organic swaddling blanket.
3. Jalu offers an Organic Swaddle Blanket gift set for $60 (includes a cap for the infants head). The large blanket is made from organic cotton which is good for the environment and your infant. The size of the blanket allows you to get a good tight swaddle for added comfort. If you purchase these swaddling blankets from eConsciousmarket.com, part of your purchase price is donated to your chosen charity, which helps our planet even more.
4. Nature’s Baby Blankets also offer beautiful organic swaddling blankets for purchase online. The best swaddling blankets are single layers; therefore, Nature’s Baby took the best of their collection of single layer, organic receiving blankets to offer you the best swaddle wraps available. Their swaddling wraps range in price from about $17 to $50 depending on the style that you choose.
For instructions on how to swaddle your baby, try reading How to Swaddle a Baby by Holly Peters or Newborn Baby Care: How to Swaddle Your Baby by Mallory Collier here on Associated Content.