Mothers need their sleep….am I right or am I right!? More importantly babies need their sleep so they can grow and develop and be happy. There are a few ways to make baby happy…food, cuddling, swinging, shushing, and SWADDLING! Have you ever noticed that when your baby is brought to you in the hospital it is wrapped up nice and tight? Swaddling is a God send!
The Ollie Swaddle is a great answer to fussy baby problems. As a foster mom, Hindi met and fell in love with a baby named Oliver. Other foster parents had struggled with him because he was difficult and struggles to eat and sleep. With her background in infant mental health Hindi knew about the swaddling technique and tried it on Oliver. Every swaddle she tried didn’t do the trick. They either didn’t hold him correctly, didn’t apply a comforting pressure, or left his legs unwrapped. Determined to find a solution for her precious Oliver she developed The Ollie Swaddle.
The Ollie Swaddle could move with him through the night, kept a comfortable pressure from his shoulders to his feet, and kept him cool. Hindi quickly saw changes in Oliver. He began to sleep through the night and was eating and gaining weight. “Most importantly, he began to catch up with developmental milestones which he had missed. Ollie began to thrive!”
Recent studies have shown that swaddling has many benefits. It helps them “sleep longer and reducing spontaneous arousal”, helps keep baby on his back (the safest position), “soothing pain and reducing crying among irritable infants”, reduces the risk of SIDS, and helps “preterm infants show improved neuromuscular development, less physiological distress, better motor organization, and more self-regulatory ability.” With benefits like these why would you not want to swaddle and when there is a perfect swaddle on the market, why would you not want to own it?
The Ollie Swaddle sent me the blue swaddle. This is a beautiful blue with a lighter blue stripe polyester/spandex blend. The material is a custom fabric meant to wick away moisture and keep baby from overheating. To use the swaddle you just lay baby down on its back, fold over the right side and tuck behind baby, then fold the left side over and connect to the velcro. No folding your blanket in a specific way. No tucking the blanket in and hoping it is tight enough. No more wiggly baby making the swaddle loosen. It is simple and does the trick.
The Ollie Swaddle is meant for babies 0-4 months. Since Blake is almost 8 months and rolling he is too big to use this. I am bummed that I didn’t get to use this when Blake was younger. I tried over and over to swaddle him. In fact when I was int he hospital with him I was determined that he was going to be a binky baby and a swaddled baby, because these were great techniques to self soothe. Unfortunately Blake stopped taking a binky about 2 weeks in and I stopped attempting to swaddle at about 3 weeks. I just couldn’t make either work mostly because I didn’t know what to do. The Ollie Swaddle takes the thinking out of swaddling and I love it.
The material is really soft and the color is amazing! I love that the bottom of the swaddle opens for quick diaper changes and can quickly be closed with an elastic loop. This also helps baby stay warm and feeling safe. When Beckham was little and I would change his diapers he would throw open his arms and then start screaming because it scared him. This would have really helped. I like that you can wrap baby up quickly thanks to velcro. I also like that the velcro strips long enough that the swaddle can grow with baby.
The Ollie Swaddle is available in pink and blue and retails for $48. This would make a great present for any expecting mommy. Not only is this going to be key to both mom and dad getting good sleep but it is going to the key in helping baby learn to self calm and get a better quality and larger amount of sleep.
The Ollie Swaddle is Real Mom approved!
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