Products / Baby / Swaddling
Edition Reviewed: Standard Small Blue Fleece SwaddleMe - Review product was purchased by me.
Perfect for : Use with new baby, Gift, Baby Shower
My Thoughts: I have experienced nothing but great things with the Kiddopotamus SwaddleMe Adjustable Infant Wrap. I had originally purchased two with the birth of our first son, but didn't really use them for very long because I held him so much, and he wasn't very fussy.
This time around, our baby seems to be much more particular about being swaddled while sleeping... And even while he is awake!
After a few days of doing the more traditional swaddling with a receiving blanket, I remembered washing the small SwaddleMe wrap, so I went and pulled it out of the drawer and was able to quickly and easily swaddle my fussy little guy. He settled down pretty quickly after that and I've learned to keep them clean and handy!
The Kiddopotamus SwaddleMe Adjustable Infant Wraps are so easy to use! I simply place baby Brandon on the wrap, tuck his little legs into the leg pouch, gently pull the left side of the wrap over his chest while positioning his arms (I've found that he likes his arms folded on his chest, not by his sides), then gently pull the right side of the wrap on top and attach the Velcro so that the wrap is snug. It takes just a few seconds!
Additionally, I love that I don't need to undo the entire wrap to change baby's diaper. I just need to un-Velcro the leg pouch, leaving his chest and arms snugly swaddled. Change his diaper, then re-attach the leg pouch with the Velcro - again, just a few seconds not counting changing his actual diaper.
Another great feature is the little slit in the back of the wrap. It is designed to allow parents to use the wrap for swaddling while the baby is in his/her car seat, swing, bouncy seat, stroller, etc. Because of the slit, you can put the bottom of a seat/swing harness through it, then put the rest around the baby's waist, which is accessible between the leg pouch and the top of the wrap. Just adjust the Velcro after the baby is positioned and locked into the seat.
Now let me mention safety. Having had a preemie, I was worried about SIDS, and understand that babies can get tangled in their own blankets and smother, so I loved using this as it stopped him from accidentally pulling the blanket over his face. You can read more about this at the Kiddopotamus site here.
Things I Love About the SwaddleMe:
*Ease of use
*Quick to use
*Stands up to use by multiple children and lots of washing
*Don't have to completely unwrap baby to change diapers
*Has had a very calming affect when our baby is fussy
*May reduce risk of SIDS
Challenges With The Wrap:
*I'm finding it hard to find the larger size! I'll be desperate for a bigger one soon, so may need to order it online (no problems finding it there)
*Occasionally baby's legs break free from the bottom half of the wrap, but this hasn't happened often
About the Kiddopotamus SwaddleMe Adjustable Infant Wrap: (From Amazon)
From the Manufacturer
Wrap your baby in the comfort of the swaddleme and rest assured she will sleep safe, sound and secure. As the original fitted swaddling blanket, the renowned swaddleme soothes infants and reduces symptoms of colic by recreating the familiar, soothing snugness of the womb. It also reduces the incidence of the startle reflex, allowing babies to sleep for longer periods of time.
Pediatricians recommend swaddling to comfort and soothe newborns, but loose blankets are difficult to keep snug. SwaddleMe wings have Velcrotabs, to wrap up your newborn and stay comfortably in place. As baby grows, wings readjust for a perfect fit. SwaddleMe wings are easily opened to prevent overheating, and the leg pouch can be popped down for a quick diaper checking or changing. SwaddleMe can also be used in the car seat, simply insert car seat harnesses through the access slits!
*Soft fabric wings hug baby close for a secure, comfortable swaddle
*Self-fastening tabs adjust for a custom fit as baby grows
*The foot pocket pops down for easy diaper checks and changes, with no need to unswaddle your baby
*Our unique harness access slit allows the swaddleme to be used in swings, car seats and strollers so your baby can always have the comfort and warmth of the swaddleme
*Birth to 3 months