How To Swaddle Your Dreamland Baby

Swaddling is easy as 1-2-3 with Dreamland Baby Weighted Swaddle. 

Gone are the days parents need to spend hours learning how to swaddle and wrapping their infants in loose blankets only to use the wrong technique and have their baby burrito break free in minutes.

Dreamland Baby swaddles come with a detachable swaddle wing, offering an individualized sleep solution for babies who love to be swaddled AND little ones that don't prefer it. 

If your baby loves to be bundled up cozy follow these three simple steps to quickly, easily and securely swaddle your baby. 

HOW TO SWADDLE STEP 1: Put baby inside the weighted sleep sack body

 

Dreamland Baby weighted swaddle is indicated for infants from birth (8 lbs and up) to four months. The small weighted baby blanket has 0.8 pounds of beads evenly distributed throughout the blanket. Dreamland Baby is only weighted on the front.  The simple design of the sleep sack body allows for virtually no errors when placing your baby inside. 

Ensure zipper is zipped to the top and protective flap is covering zipper. 

HOW TO SWADDLE STEP 2: Secure detachable swaddle wing to safety flap on weighted sleep sack body.

 

In the center of the weighted sleep sack is a flap with a velcro stripe. This matches up with a velcro stripe on the swaddle wing, easily and securely fastening the detachable swaddle wing to safely wrap your baby.

HOW TO SWADDLE STEP 3: Secure the Swaddle Wing and Fasten Velcro

The detachable swaddle wing should be placed below your baby's shoulders, several inches away from your baby's chin.  The detachable wing should be pulled across your baby’s body and secured via velcro stripe as far under baby’s back as possible for a secure swaddle.

The swaddle wing can be adjusted allowing for a customized fit that meets the needs and comfort of your baby as they grow toward the four month milestone.

It is important to wrap the swaddle wing below the shoulders for safety reasons. This position ensures no loose fabric is covering your  baby's mouth or nose, which could increase the risk of suffocation. 

The Dreamland Baby weighted swaddle wings have extra strong velcro to help keep your baby secure and arms unable to break free.

The final swaddle, should look like this:

weighted sleep sack

Tips for Successful Swaddling:

Some things to remember when using any swaddle also apply when using the Dreamland Baby weighted swaddle

  • Always swaddle your baby with a snug, secure fit.

  • Ensure the fabric never comes over your baby's nose or mouth.

  • Always check the room temperature to avoid your baby overheating.

  • Always swaddle with your baby's arms down, not crossed over their chest. 

  • Never wrap swaddle around baby's legs.

Tips for Safely Swaddling:

  • Always place your baby to sleep on their back.

  • Your baby should no longer be swaddled when they show signs of rolling.

  • Baby's crib should be bare (no toys or crib bumpers).

  • Avoid swaddling with a blanket not specifically designed to swaddle.

  • Ensure swaddle is securely wrapped.

  • Always select the appropriate sized swaddle for your baby.

Dream Weighted Sleep Swaddle, 0-6 months

Dream Weighted Sleep Swaddle, 0-6 months

$89.00

Can you swaddle a baby wrong?

It is absolutely possible to swaddle your baby incorrectly. This is why it’s so important to read the directions that your swaddle comes with. Some even offer videos or diagrams on their websites or hang tags – watch and/or read both! Also, consult with your doula, pediatrician or childcare expert. While most parents seem to get the hang of swaddling pretty quickly, you want to make sure you’re doing it correctly to avoid any potential hazards that can occur from doing it wrong.

How do I know if my baby doesn't want to be swaddled?

Every baby is different and no two will respond to anything the same way. So when it comes to being swaddled, your baby may not like it. They may fuss more than usual, or act like a little escape artist, or simply react in a way that translates to “no, no no!” Remember, no one knows your baby better than you do, so trust your instincts. If your newborn baby doesn’t like to be swaddled, you’re not alone, and there are options. That’s where a wearable blanket – also known as a sleep sack - comes in!  The Dreamland baby weighted sleep sack can be used from birth to toddler age. Sleep sacks work because they keep your infant safe, warm, and comfortable so they can fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.  They also align with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “bare is best” recommendation that soft bedding such as blankets, pillows and soft toys should be kept out of the baby's sleep space to avoid accidental suffocation, the leading cause of SIDS.  

Do babies sleep longer swaddled?

In those early days and weeks, most newborns sleep best when swaddled because it mimics life inside the womb. Swaddling also helps calm her flailing arms and legs that can trigger baby’s startle reflex (also known as the Moro reflex) which can interrupt her sleep. 

What should a baby wear under a swaddle?

While every baby is different, most babies seem comfortable in just a short sleeve onesie underneath their swaddle but it really depends on the outside temperature. Again, follow manufacturer instructions and don’t be afraid to ask! Most products come with a customer service line or email address. Use it, they want to help.

Can you swaddle with arms out?

Most babies start sleep training at around 4 months old, that’s also when a lot of parents transition from the swaddle, and they do this by keeping one or both arms outside of the swaddle. It’s possible that your baby prefers to have an arm out even as a newborn. Follow your own instincts as well as your infant’s cues as well. Usually there is no risk in swaddling with arms out.

Can you feed while swaddled?

There are quite a few reasons why experts suggest taking your baby out of the swaddle for feeding. Using their little hands to find the nipple (bottle or breast) helps them to latch on more easily. They can also get overheating while eating if in the swaddle. Taking off the swaddle for food breaks also helps baby eat the proper amount which ultimately helps them to sleep better – possibly even longer – between feedings.

Is it safe to swaddle a baby all night?

Yes! Newborns can be swaddled anywhere from 12-20 hours a day but when she reaches one month, it’s a good idea to only use the swaddle for sleep.

How many hours should a newborn be swaddled?

Most parents love the swaddle as much as their newborn does. That’s because that wrapped, tight feeling mimics life inside the womb. Experts say it’s safe for your newborn to wear the swaddle for up to 20 hours a day, but you want to be sure to take them out of it so they can explore their new world without restriction… which at newborn stage just means kicking their little legs and using their hands to touch things.

Once your baby starts showing signs of rolling over, it is time to start swaddling with arms out and transition right to the Dream Wearable Weighted Blanket. 

As always, please feel free to reach out to us via the chat on our website or at hello@dreamlandbabyco.com with any questions.

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