Now I’m a Believer

Olive loves to be swaddled. She sleeps so well for me when she’s tucked in tight. Which helps me sleep better. Which helps me to be a happier mommy. Which has brought us such luck and fortune that we now swim around in a vault of gold coins.

Just kidding. That last part is not true. Plus, can you imagine how dirty that would be?  Ew.

However, I was not always a swaddle-wise mother…

Back-story time!  (Anyone else’s kids watch Phineas and Ferb?)

A day or two after Olive’s birth, one of my midwives recommended the book, The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp. Unfortunately for me and my sanity, I didn’t immediately pick up a copy.

A few years before that, I read a blog post by Stephanie that was all about swaddling. It sounded interesting to me at the time and I decided that, with my next baby, I would give it a shot. 

So, once Olive arrived, I revisited Stephanie’s post and gave swaddling a try. In re-reading her post, I noticed that she mentioned the same book that my midwife had recommended to me. Still, I didn’t rush out for a copy. Why, Holly? Why?

Even with Stephanie’s step-by-step instructions, my swaddling efforts weren’t quite working.  Olive kept wriggling down into her blanket, which would cover up her face. This left me feeling uneasy every time she napped.  I’m not the only mother in the world that checks to see if her napping newborn is still breathing, am I? I knew the blanket-over-the-face napping was not going to cut it long-term.

At my six-week check-up, my midwife again brought up the book Happiest Baby on the Block and swaddling.  Finally, it sunk in.  That same day, I reserved a copy at the library.  I noticed they also had a DVD, so I put both on hold.  Don’t judge me because seriously, I do not have much free time these days.  And if I did have a rare free moment, and in that free moment, I started to read, I would fall asleep immediately.  Plus I’m not a great reader, despite all my efforts and desires that I have to be a great reader.  I’m actually jealous of my friends that read a lot (Brooke and Melissa, I’m talking about you.  Oh and Courtney, you too.).

So, (luckily) the DVD arrived first. Dave and I watched it. In AWE. 

The author/pediatrician has a few tricks up his sleeve to calm crying babies, and swaddling is just one of them.  Now, don’t get me wrong, Olive has been a really, really good baby for me.  But it would have been a much smoother transition after birth if I had followed these techniques.

So, for those of you who are pregnant, who plan on being pregnant, or who are about to get accidentally pregnant, read this book.  I’d recommend reading it (or watching the DVD–I won’t judge) before baby actually makes his or her debut.

Look at that face! Is there any doubt that she loves the swaddle?

Anyway. It’s taken me longer to come around to the swaddle than it should have.

A lot longer.

But now, finally, I’m a beliver.

  1. Carina

    I kind of want to be swaddled now.

  2. Melissa

    Stephanie recommended the same book to me before Natalie was born and I can’t say enough about it. It totally saved me, I would have had NO idea how to calm Natalie if it weren’t for that book. She was kind of a fussy one, and sometimes I had to use all five techniques at once, but it WORKED! And just so you know, the Hello Kitty blanket you gave Natalie was the perfect swaddling blanket, it was my favorite one, and she fit into it until we finally stopped swaddling her, at five months old, no joke.

  3. Amanda

    Thanks for the heads up! While I am VERY excited to be having another baby, I’m not looking forward to the lack of sleep and the crying baby (”I have no idea what the matter is to help you and get you to stop crying”) stage. Every little bit helps.

  4. stephanie

    oh, i’m so glad she likes the swaddle. what a darling baby she is! i hope you are all getting some good sleep.

  5. Liz

    I am also a believer in swaddling. It makes the biggest differents in sleeping habits with my babies! I will have to get my hands on a copy of that book…

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