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Swaddling 2.0 – The Woombie

Baby (not mine) in a Woombie

Remember about a month ago when I blogged about how much G loooooves to be swaddled? Well, since then, she’s had a little growth spurt (she turned four months old yesterday) and as of about a week ago, I started noticing that our beloved Miracle Blanket just wasn’t cutting it anymore. Her feet have started poking out of the end, and she’s gotten better able to flail herself free during the night, no matter how firmly I wrap her.

What to do?? She still totally needs to be swaddled in order to sleep well (remember that even though she’s 16 weeks old, she was born 6 weeks early), but without the Miracle Blanket, I didn’t know what I would do. Then I remembered the odd looking swaddle sack that a friend had sent me as a baby gift when G was born.  The thing is called a “Woombie”.

Desperate to figure out how to keep G swaddled sans Miracle Blanket so we could all get some sleep again, I got the Woombie out and decided to give it a try.  I zipped G up into the cute, yellow, organic cotton Woombie that my friend had sent. The fabric is of very high quality and it’s both soft/ cottony and stretchy. It’s also very breathable.  I have the newborn 5-13 pound Woombie and at 16 weeks, it fits G great (she’s on the small side).  She definitely looks like a human peanut in her Woombie, but WOW, she settled right down and clearly loves the thing. Now she’s been happily sleeping in it for the past few nights.

This thing is definitely a bit of baby genius. It allows a bit more movement than the Miracle Blanket (because it’s stretchy), which is perfect for a baby past the newborn stage who wants to wiggle a bit.  Yet it still keeps the baby swaddled nicely so she feels cozy and secure and she can’t startle herself awake, as many babies still do at 5,6 and 7 months of age.  It’s super easy to get on and off – no complicated wrapping.  The Woombie is kind of like Swaddling 2.0. Because we didn’t discover the joys of the Woombie until recently,  the single, newborn-sized Woombie we have for G is going to be too small pretty quickly. I definitely want to get the next size up (maybe two of them so one is always clean) .

I rarely discover a new bit of baby gear that I find as wonderful as this one. I’d honestly never heard of Woombie before being gifted with one, but now I suspect I’ll be giving them as gifts to friends myself.  If you have a baby who hasn’t done well with swaddling, or has outgrown her Miracle Blanket, or if you have found the whole swaddle wrapping thing too tricky to figure out, I would definitely give the Woombie a try.

Five stars. Highly recommended.

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