Check out Miss A at 2 weeks of age rocking P2B preferred swaddle.
Yes that is one hand out. Yes she is 2 weeks.
Now before I explain why …
Remember this is only a suggestion, like anything I recommend – it’s a recommendation from what I have found works well.
If it doesn’t resonate with you, if you don’t think it will work for your little one – that is 100% OK.
Now, let me explain the why …
I find (most) baby’s like the freedom of one hand out. Remember they had 2 free hands in utero (during pregnancy) where they could suck their fingers, have their hands to their face and flap around.
Having a hand out early allows them some familiarity, a hand to suck on if need be to self sooth. P2B also finds a hand out early makes an easier transition to 2 hands out when rolling (around 4 months).
2 free arms isn’t recommended until later because of their startle reflex (which they don’t outgrow until 3 or so months). There ares some swaddles that allow for hand to be semi free …. but I find little ones with a strong startle reflex still startle themselves awake. Obviously, they work well for others (life would be boring if we were all the same).
P2b loves a good stretchy material for the swaddle. Jersey is a great choice! Kmart sell them for $12 for 3 (who doesn’t love a good excuse to go to Kmart!).
Swaddle firmly around the torso – ensuring their legs/hips are left free.
As a midwife for many years (not keen to show my age)… I can swaddle firmly. Some parents struggle with this and that’s where the sleeping bags become an easier option.
Even with a sleeping bag, I encourage 1 hand out by no later than 4-6 weeks. The Ergococoon is my sleeping bag of choice for this reason. It gives you the freedom of a hand out.
Remember all baby’s are DIFFERENT. This swaddle may not work for your baby and that’s ok. You have to do what works for YOUR baby!
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