Momma Told Me: I turned around, and you were on the floor!
Yes, we made for an unlikely pair in the beginning. A common tale my parents often recollect includes a frazzled Momma and lil 'ol me, on a water bed. Momma, having placed me in the center of her queen size bed had turned for just a second, to put laundry away in the closet. I, sensing the coast was clear, apparently tried out for my first role as Evil Knievel and rolled until I catapulted myself off the edge. With a thud, I can only imagine turned my mother's stomach, I landed almost 3.5' down, on the floor, and exploded in tears. Not only did I miss the flaming ring, but it turned out there was a height limit on this ride. Momma, exhausted, and defeated, was understandably distraught with the situation. (Don't worry, little me was okay, as I sit here, typing this today.) No matter how many 'What To Expect....' books are read, or how many e-zines one reads, a Momma can never get enough help.
It's no secret mommyhood can be scary for first time mothers. Even the 'seasoned pros' struggle with mastery of new products, and the digestion of recently published studies. Every Momma wants the best for their little bundle, and ensuring their little one is safe, comfortable, and secure can be overwhelming. When I was born Momma was still getting the hang of things, scheduling feedings, processing endless loads of laundry and seemingly nonstop diaper changes, as well as running her household. Pop didn't have the luxury of golden 'paternity leave', finances were tight enough, and Momma soon found herself, alone, with lil 'ol me and a mountain of 'firsts'. I'll admit, upon hearing the multiple family accounts of my mother, and how they never heard her mention a future with kids, I often conjure funny accounts in recollection. I picture me, squirming in my carrier, playful bubbles of drool spilling from my lips, and Momma standing over me, as if I were the alien that had just popped out of her.
It was with this in mind, and from her own observations, that registered nurse, and mother, Lynette Damir founded SwaddleDesigns. She had noted that, while many parents found swaddling effective, few had the proper tools to do the job right. Most blankets were too small, or too thick, and the technique was frequently forgotten. Inspired, Lynette designed a hospital trusted cotton flannel material that was as warm enough for cool Spring nights, as it was breathable, in the Summer. Her award winning, Ultimate Receiving and Swaddling lines feature the patented 123 Swaddle instructional tag parents, family members, and caregivers can refer to for swaddling procedures. In addition, SwaddleDesigns swaddle blankets are, on average, 40% larger than standard, other, brands. This allows parents to choose various techniques and transition baby into tummy time, or feeding. A SwaddleDesigns Blanket never loses it's purpose!
Recently, our family expanded when my sister gave birth to her second child, a healthy baby boy, this summer. Having already fallen in love with SwaddleDesigns several years prior, she was eager to learn if her 7lb August baby would take to SD as much as her 10lb April baby had. Swaddle Designs was kind enough to send us one of their new Swaddle Duo sets in Peace, Love, Swaddle (Blue). The SwaddleDesigns Duo set includes the brand's patented Ultimate Receiving Blanket, made from traditional lightweight cotton flanel and a Marquisette Swaddling Blanket, made from open weave cotton, for warmer weather. The Ultimate Receiving Blanket is ultra-soft, with a generous 42", square, footprint, and essential for those first hours, or days, in the hospital. Because of it's ample size, parents can choose to swaddle, snug and secure with arms in, or leave arms/hands out for self soothing babies. We're happy to report baby #2 is as equally big a fan as baby #1, instantly soothed by the security of a swaddle in SwaddleDesigns high quality fabrics.
We can't go without giving an extra nod, for the easy to comprehend, instructional tag that is sewn into each blanket. While Momma may be a pro, not all who handle baby have experience swaddling, and the additional piece of mind does wonders for a frazzled Momma! The Swaddle Duo set comes in 7 print selections, with multiple color ranges, and offers the perfect transition from one season to the next. With the light Marquisette open weave cotton summer babies will be calm and cool, and because of the extra large size, Momma can transition these Swaddle Blankets for nursing covers and stroller rides. Additionally, the Swaddle Duo set helps fight SIDS, as temperature regulation, and proper 'back based' sleep time is essential to baby's health! The SwaddleDesigns Goldilocks Guide™ teaches that baby should not be too hot, or too cold, but just right ~ comfortably warm. Learn about safe sleep practices on SwaddleDesigns new Safe Sleep page. The Swaddle Duo sets make a wonderful gift for any expecting or new mother, and retail for $38 at fine specialty retailers on online at SwaddleDesigns.com.
What Daughter Says: Keep baby secure and comfortable with Swaddle Designs Ultimate Receiving and Swaddle Blankets. Their 123 Swaddle tags ease anxious mothers and ensure a proper fit mom and baby will love!
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