Turn your baby from "hate swaddling" to "swaddled sleeping"

June 29, 2020

You just had a newborn.  She is your bundle of joy; he is everything you ever dreamed of.  You did your homework and read that swaddling is supposed to be comforting for babies.  That it creates a womb-like environment for babies to stay asleep.  You bought a handful of beautiful swaddle blankets before your baby was here, then you bought the easy swaddles that were easier to put your baby in, but your LO still is not buying it!

You don’t remember when it started, but your baby just screams murder every time you try to put the swaddle on.  She cries so hard, turning her face into a little red lobster.  He fights in such agony that he’s out of breath.  You thought that if your LO hates it so much, you would just let her sleep swaddle-free.  But that’s another horror!  He wakes up constantly and right on the second you get off your feet, every time!  The less sleep he gets, the more difficult for him to fall asleep.  She gets no sleep, you get no sleep… and both of you are getting more and more tired, more and more stressed out.

Does this sound like your baby?  A baby that hates swaddling but cannot sleep long without it?  It feels like a lose-lose situation with no way out.

Well, life isn’t so bleak.  We don’t necessarily need to know why your baby resists the process of swaddling, we just need to eliminate the source of resistance.  By putting your baby down to sleep in the arms-free swaddling position, your baby would not have a reason to fight. You may want to hold her arms down to her chest if you find her arms flailing too much.  Once your baby is asleep, you can open the wings of Swado swaddle silently and gently bring her arms onto her chest to swaddle in.

To avoid your baby waking up from discomfort, check the following:

  • Is the swaddle on too tight or too loose? Your baby should have room inside to move her hands around but not through an opening that is too big.
  • Is your baby too warm or too cold swaddled? You should adjust your baby’s clothing under the swaddle or room temperature thermostat.
  • Is the fabric of the swaddle touching your baby’s face? Most babies dislike their face being touched.
  • Is your baby a sucker? If so, swaddle with his hands under his chin so he has access to his fingers.
  • Does your baby prefer arms bended on her chest or straight down her side? Try different position to see which one she is more comfortable in.


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Size Chart

Swado comes in two sizes: 

Small 0 ~ 3 months
  • Weight: 5 ~ 14 lbs.
  • Length (shoulder-to-toe):  25 inches
Medium 2 ~ 6 months
  • Weight:  8 ~ 18 lbs.
  • Length:  30 inches