I don’t know about you, but I like sleep. And sleep with a newborn is one of those precious things you can only hope for … like spotting a unicorn or finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. “Sleep when the baby sleeps,” they tell you. Well I tried that, but just as I’d finally start to doze off the startle reflex would get the best of my baby, her arms flailed into the air, and she’d be wide awake. S**t. Yes, I swaddled her. No, it didn’t work. That little Houdini got her arms (and sometimes legs) out of every. single. wrap job. So after reading so many testimonials about The Ollie World and their what seemed to be magical swaddles, I was anxious to try it out for myself. Let me be 100% honest with you – this swaddle has been LIFE CHANGING!
These past few nights have been fantastic, and last night my 12-week-old slept through the night! As in 7.5 hours of glorious uninterrupted sleep. And she wakes up so happy and refreshed every morning :).
The Ollie Swaddle secures with Velcro, which allows you to make it as tight or loose as you want it based one your baby’s needs and size. It ties at the bottom with an elastic band, giving baby room to move their legs without busting out of the swaddle and making it easy for middle-of-the-night diaper changes. Not to mention it kind of looks like a mermaid tail, so that’s a double bonus for me! AND it’s so easy that my hubby can even swaddle her, which is a huge plus.
My Daisy girl is still a little rebel and doesn’t usually let me swaddle voluntarily unless she’s super tired. Other times I just have to lay the swaddle flat, rock her to sleep, then put her on top of the swaddle and wrap her up, which is super easy because you don’t have to fold anything or put her arms through any holes.
Another bonus: the swaddle is made from a super soft custom moisture-wicking material to reduce the risk of overheating, which also comes in handy when their diaper leaks through. Not speaking from experience or anything …
Seriously, if you asked me what my top five must-haves are for a newborn, this would be one of them. We use it several times a day every single day, and it goes everywhere with us.
Curious – does your baby like to be swaddled? Or is mine just stubborn like her mama?
If you’re interested in trying an Ollie Swaddle for yourself, the kind folks at The Ollie World are giving my readers 10% off their purchase when you use my referral link. Let me know if you give it a shot!
(On a sad note, the pictures above were taken this week and the one below was taken on March 6th. Look how much she’s changed in only a month!!!)
Full disclosure: I received my swaddle complimentary from The Ollie World, but all photos and opinions are my own. And I am completely honest when I say I LOVE this swaddle!
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