I am a true believer in the power of swaddling a baby. A good (and correct) swaddle will help your baby sleep longer, feel comforted, and help the baby self-soothe. Can you imagine they are tightly snug inside mom’s tummy, and then when they come out into the world, they are free to move about, and it feels foreign and scary to them to be so free.
While I prefer to swaddle with a sizeable plain blanket, it’s not always easy to correctly swaddle your baby, especially for first-time parents. Babies need to be wrapped tight. Very tight for a comforting pressure. It works wonders and is so worth doing!
If you are a first-time parent or find it hard to swaddle your baby correctly, let me introduce you to the Ollie Swaddle!
This blanket was created thanks to a bit of baby who was in foster care and was labeled “Failure to Thrive.” The foster mom who took him in couldn’t find a swaddle blanket that would keep his legs covered, apply the right amount of pressure, and hold him correctly-all things that will help a baby thrive! She designed and created the Ollie Swaddle (named after baby Oliver) to meet his needs, and after using it, he began to thrive.
I am a cheerleader for this blanket. Compared to other swaddles, it is the easiest to use and can get a very tight and firm hold on the baby. I’m so impressed!
The ease of putting the Ollie Swaddle on is something I love so much! Many parents tell me that they gave up on swaddling their baby because they couldn’t figure out how, whether with a simple blanket or even a specially shaped blanket made to make it easier with velcro.
The Ollie Swaddle is a simple rectangle shape with three large velcro strips on one side and four velcro rounds on the other. Simply pull one side over the baby, then pull the other over and secure the velcro! You can pull it tight, too…trust me, I tested it to the max! I think that with a smaller baby, you may not be able to get it quite as tight (Charlie was 0ver 8.5 pounds at birth), but it’s working wonderfully for us!
The Ollie Swaddle is very long, so it allows room for your little one to grow and use for a long time (I like to swaddle my babies up to 6 months if I can!), and when baby starts to want the movement of their arms, you can swaddle under their arms to keep swaddling longer!
The stretchy fabric breathes well and doesn’t get too hot for the baby, and it also doesn’t get overstretched! Wash it in the included laundry bag, and it will tighten right back up for your next use.
The simple elastic closure at the bottom allows for easy diaper changes, even when baby is sleeping! There is no need to get them out of the swaddle; simply slide the elastic off the swaddle and open it up for a quick change.
My only complaint about the Ollie Swaddle is that the velcro is VERY loud. I’ve used several swaddling blankets, and many of them use a quiet velcro to keep from waking baby up. This one is pretty loud, but thankfully baby Charlie is a hefty sleeper! Something to keep in mind if your baby is a lighter sleeper, though!
Thanks to the Ollie Swaddle, I was able to get this darling picture of Charlie with his oldest brother:
I had attempted this picture several times, and my oldest son would wake Charlie up by touching him or kissing him. All swaddled up in his Ollie, Charlie slept right through getting touched, kissed, moved, and even tickled by his brother, and I was able to capture the moment!
*I received product for review purposes, but all opinions are my own