Back when I was a first time mum to a newborn four years ago, I was a total swaddling novice. This was before that famous royal photo of Kate and Wills cuddling their swaddled new baby Prince George. Swaddling was a thing, but not a thing I was familiar with. I imagined tightly bandaged babies strapped up to boards Tudor times style. It all sounded a bit… medieval.
Fast-forward four years and I’m a new mum again. The benefit of experience has been a huge bonus with this baby. I remember what used to settle my first daughter at this age and have a few tricks up my sleeve ready for when my newest daughter gets antsy (so far *touch wood* she’s proving to be more chilled out than her older sister). I know now that swaddling can be a great way to make a newborn feel secure, as it mimics the cosy position they were held in the womb.
Swaddling is something we’ve done with my new baby girl since the get-go. Having read up on it I knew that if you swaddle a baby too tightly it can be bad for their hips (check out this really useful article by The International Hip Dysplasia Institute on how to safely swaddle a baby). I also knew not to cover my swaddled bub with a blanket, as it’s vital to avoid overheating a baby if you want to create a safe sleep environment.
With these factors in mind, we embraced our Cosycover from Babymoov with gusto.
The beauty of the Cosycover is that you don’t have to learn a complicated technique to folding a swaddling blanket. It’s incredibly quick – a definite bonus when you a) have a crying baby who needs to be soothed and b) have a four year old who is getting increasingly impatient at waiting for her bedtime story.
It’s literally a case of lying the baby on the cover and then fastening it with the velcro fasteners. During the first couple of weeks we put baby in with her arms swaddled and then, as she gradually started getting used to being in the world, we swaddled her so that her arms were free.
This addition to our stash of baby tricks has been an absolute winner in buying me a bit of extra sleep – especially in the first couple of weeks when my baby girl would regularly wake herself up with her “startle reflex”.
As far as I’m concerned, anything that buys a new mum a bit of extra shut-eye deserves a place in the baby products hall of fame. It’s a big thumbs up from us.
Have you tried swaddling? Any tips?
Thanks to Babymoov for sending us this brilliant Cosycover to review.