The Story Of My Sleeping Beauty
In the fairytale, Sleeping Beauty, a King and Queen had a beautiful baby girl. Fairies from all around gathered to meet the new little Princess, bringing special blessings and presents along. However, one evil fairy came to the celebration and cursed the Princess. Before the evil fairy vanished, she cursed the Princess by saying, “On your sixteenth birthday you’ll touch a spindle and die!” After the little Princess had an evil spell placed upon her, a young fairy was called to the palace. This fairy said, “I can’t take the evil witch’s curse but I’ll try to help. When the princess will touch spindle she’ll not die but instead fall into a deep sleep and will only be awakened with a kiss of a prince who loves her.”
Similar to Sleeping Beauty, I feel as though I was too cursed. I had the beautiful princess I’ve always wanted but Josi refused to sleep without being held. This made me doubt and question myself everyday. I knew I had to do something to break this evil curse. But instead of needing a handsome Prince to break the spell, my solution was a magic Swaddle. Although, Josi’s naps were a whole other battle (see MOMana post to see how I tackled those) with the help some my favorite sleep swaddles, Josi started sleeping all night long.
My Favorite Swaddles
When Josi was about 8 weeks old, I made the best purchase of my life, the Love To Dream swaddle. During this time, she was sleeping in between us in her DockATot, but was still waking up throughout the night. But once I put her in this “magic” swaddle, she slept ALL NIGHT. Before this swaddle, she was waking up 2-3 times a night which meant we were un-swaddling and re-swaddling her all night long. She loved this swaddle because it kept her hands near her face, just like she was during all of our ultrasounds. If you find your baby likes to have their hands near their face when sleeping, this is the swaddle for you.
We never used this sleepsuit simply because Josi loved sleeping on her belly. However, I’ve heard great things about this sleepsuit and know a lot of moms who swear by this. This sleep sack is designed for babies 3-9 months so if your baby likes to sleep on their back, this is a swaddle you should try.
This sleep sack was designed with a weight in the middle. The purpose of this weight is to give your baby the calming feeling of having your palm on their chest. Josi would only nap when she was being held, so I knew I had to figure out how to get her to nap alone. This sleep sack did calm her down and tricked her into thinking I was holding her. Once she transitioned to her crib, I would put the sleep sack on backwards which meant the weight was on her back. This sleepsack saved me and worked until she started to roll from back to belly to sleep.
Before purchasing the Halo sleep sack, we were contemplating getting rid of a sleep sack altogether. However, upon further research, I learned that sleep sacks not only serve as a blanket but also help keep your babes inside their cribs. Josi loves to climb so having her in this Halo sleep sack prevents her from an easy crib escape. To this day, Josi still uses her Halo sleep sack.
Swaddles Have Been Upgraded for a Reason
I still remember those daunting nights where I had to wake my husband to re-swaddle our baby, the old fashioned way. No matter what I did, I could never wrap the swaddle quite like my OCD husband. With that being said, knowing how to swaddle your baby is great, but since we have the privilege of being millennial moms, we now have access to the newest products, designed to make “mom life” easier. Instead of taking the old fashion, time-consuming, aggravating route, take a look at our favorite functional swaddles that may help your baby sleep like our little Sleeping Beauty.