What makes the Miracle Blanket® so much better than other swaddling blankets and products?
Research shows that the two best fussiness “eliminators” are classic swaddling and gentle abdominal pressure. A lateral belly wrap is a very old Irish remedy for fussiness that is comprised of a long band of “stretchy” fabric that is wrapped around a baby’s abdomen to provide gentle, even, lateral pressure around the baby’s mid-section. Ours is the first and only product that combines these two incredibly effective solutions in one product.
How long can I swaddle?
There are differing opinions, but we believe that 14 weeks is a good time to stop. Babies typically begin to turn over sometime after 14 weeks. If a swaddled baby managed to roll over, the result would be a swaddled baby in a face-down position. Swaddling should always only be used in a face-up position. The good news is that at about this age, babies gain enough motor control to get their hands to their mouths. They also begin to overcome the Moro Reflex, so that they are able to self-soothe via non-nutritive sucking.
The Miracle Blanket® is a little more expensive than others – why?
We consider our customers part of our “family”, so we want to give you a straight answer to this question – even if it means giving up a few secrets:
The main reason for the price is that the blanket is nearly six feet wide and the material has to be cut on a 45 degree angle to provide just the right amount of stretch, or else, it doesn’t work as well (this is actually part of our patented design specs). This causes a lot of material waste. Regular square blankets are cheap because they are simply a length of fabric, cut every four feet and sewn around the edges in straight lines. We are constantly looking for ways to get our manufacturing costs down, but not at the expense of quality or effectiveness.
How Can I tell if my baby is overheated?
If your baby’s tummy feels overly warm to the touch, or he is perspiring, she may be overheated. Review, “Can my baby overheat because of swaddling?” for some simple solutions.
Can swaddling make it hard for my baby to breathe?
The University of Washington published a study in 2002 that shows that this is generally not a concern – as long as the wrap is not exceedingly tight. Swaddling works best when your baby is wrapped “snugly” but comfortably. The Miracle Blanket® is very effective in keeping the hands and body in the proper position. Keep in mind that most babies LOVE to be wrapped very snugly…it feels more like the womb.
What is the “Moro Reflex”/Startle Reflex?
The Moro Reflex is the tendency of infants to startle and “jump” for no apparent reason. Nearly all babies do this – some more frequently than others. One theory suggests that without the “all-over support” of the fluid in the womb, the baby frequently experiences a “falling” sensation and startles awake. This reflex can be virtually eliminated by the sensation created by swaddling.
My baby likes one arm free to suck his thumb. Can I still swaddle?
Absolutely. Although you should try to get your baby used to the feeling of having both arms inside the blanket to avoid scratching and twitching, you can certainly leave an arm free, if your baby likes that better. If you are a “swaddling artist” you can accomplish this with a normal receiving blanket. However, this makes it much easier for your baby to struggle out of the blanket. With the Miracle Blanket® you can actually leave one arm free, and maintain the total effectiveness of the blanket. Many people use it this way, and love it for that reason.