When my twins Audrey and David were newborns, we did everything we could to create a comfortable sleeping experience for them: white noise, swaddling, darkness, the works. Swaddling itself became the hardest to implement correctly. We had taken the Happiest Baby on the Block class and learned the right way to swaddle. We even became masters at using our Aden and Anais swaddle blankets. What we hadn’t thought about would be the strength of our newborns to break even the tightest swaddles and our sheer exhaustion. Sometimes we made the perfect swaddle and sometimes it was an utter disaster.
Then we came across the Summer Infant swaddling products. They were simply life savers, in my opinion. After the 14th diaper change of the night, it was so easy to re-swaddle the babies. Plus, the ease-of-use made our parents feel comfortable with putting the babies down for naps as well, since they didn’t always feel confident with making a tight swaddle.
Summer Infant now has 4 stages of products in addition to swaddle blankets (muslin and bamboo rayon). The wonderful thing about each of these are that they have great price points and their usefulness slightly overlaps. You can choose to skip Stage 1 altogether and go for a Stage 2 product, or you can go from Stage 1 to Stage 3, because the versatility of the items. Each stage has different sizes, and the goal is for you to have a tighter fit as opposed to a looser one. Keep that in mind as you shop.
If you can imagine your baby to be a giant pea-in-the-pod with her head sticking out, then that is essentially the SwaddlePod. It is made of a very soft jersey material with a zipper from the bottom to the top. You place your baby inside, hold her arms down by her sides, and zip it up. It will create a safe, womb-like feel for the baby, while still giving her the room needed to wiggle and move as newborns do. At the top, where the zipper ends, there is even an extra bit of material to safely cover the zipper handle so it doesn’t scratch or irritate Baby.
Once your baby gets a little bigger, the SwaddleMe is a fantastic option, and this is the product that made us truly fall in love with this line. It acts a bit more like a swaddle blanket, without having to actually learn how to swaddle. You place the baby inside the pocket, fold over one side and under his body, and then wrap the final side around and secure with the hook-and-loop fasteners. The best part of the construction of this is that your baby won’t get scratched because of too much rough area (which was a problem we had with the Halo brand). Plus, you can make it a good and tight swaddle or loosen it up, based on the size and need of your baby. Because it is just a couple simple steps, you can do this literally while you are sleepwalking during the 4th middle-of-the-night diaper change.
One other feature that I need to point out is that the SwaddleMe has extra hook-and-loop material to fold over the sticky part so that it won’t stick to all of your clothes when it goes through the wash. Brilliant!
Once your baby starts rolling over, you will want to have her arms out for safety. Once Audrey learned about her superpower of rolling over, she slept almost primarily on her stomach. We still wanted her to have the security of feeling swaddled with the safety of her arms out. The SwaddleMe WrapSack was the prefect solution. It allows you to still swaddle just like the Stage 2 SwaddleMe with the arms in, but you also have the option to have her arms out and loose. I love this versatility! This is similar to the Halo SleepSack Swaddle, but instead of a zipper to pull up, the WrapSack has two snaps at the shoulders to secure your baby inside. It has the same hook-and-loop material so that you can swaddle just as you did in Stage 2, but with the extra safety that is needed at this stage.
At some point, your baby will no longer need to be swaddled, but you may want that extra layer of blankets, without having loose blankets in the crib. The ComfortMe is the next and final stage of this line. It is a wearable blanket, and we can’t wait to use it on warmer nights when a footed pajama just may be too heavy. It is the same soft material as the others in this line, and it is similar to the other sleep sacks on the market. The different (and bonus, in my opinion), is that it also covers their arms. So we can easily put them in a onesie and the ComfortMe and then know they aren’t going to be too hot or too cold.
If you would rather stick to actual swaddling, you can still do that with the Summer Infant line of products as well. They have muslin blankets, similar to the Aden and Anais brand, as well as the amazingly soft Cloud blankets. The Cloud Swaddle Blankets are made of rayon from bamboo, and they are simply magnificent. I wish Summer Infant made blankets in this material for adults too, because I would use them in a heartbeat.
If you are looking for additional resources on the Summer Infant swaddling products or swaddling and safe sleeping, they have a great resource page to check out as well.
We wouldn’t review all these goodies without offering an ENTIRE bundle up to one lucky winner! Bundle includes: Stage 1 SwaddlePod, Stage 2 SwaddleMe, Stage 3, Stage 4 ComfortMe (sm/med), Stage 4 ComfortMe (large). The giveaway starts today, May 30th and ends Wednesday June 4th at 5pm CST. Winner will be chosen at random, contacted via email and have five days to claim their prize before another winner is selected. Good luck!
We would never accept money for a product review but we were sent samples from each stage of the Summer Infant swaddling line for testing as part of this review.