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16 Popular Lullabies For Babies

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Have you tried everything to get your baby to sleep, but missed singing her a lullaby? Apart from sending your little one off to dreamland, lullabies have other health benefits for your baby. Sounds incredible, doesn’t it? But they do! What are these benefits? Well, read on to learn more about them below. Here, we look at lullabies for babies, how they help, and some popular ones you probably heard as a kid!

What Is A Lullaby?

A lullaby usually refers to a soft and soothing song sung for infants or toddlers. The tone of the baby lullaby induces a relaxing effect on your baby’s mind and helps her sleep.

Lullaby helps in establishing a stronger bond between you and your little one. The baby can sense the sweet voice and feel the presence of her mom. The song makes her feel cared for and secure. It is a wonderful way to signal that it’s time for bed and to go to sleep.

In other words, baby Lullabies are a form of communication that sends a signal to your baby’s brain. However, lullabies are also the epitome of love and care for your little one (1).

Why Should You Sing Lullabies For Babies.

The primary purpose of singing a lullaby to your little one is to soothe her mind. The lullaby helps induce the notion of sleep for your distressed baby. The lullaby has existed for many years, and it is a part of human culture.

The sedative effect of the baby lullaby is probably due to its predictable and soulful melody. Singing the lulling rhythms and soft melodies, provides a sense of safety to your little one. The Lullaby soothes your baby’s mood. With the perfect blend of different attributes, lullabies are an effective tool to calm your infant (2).

Benefits Of Singing A Lullaby For Babies:

1. Establishes A Strong Bond With The Mother:

The tuneful baby lullaby songs impose calming effects and establishes a close bonding with your little one. The soothing lullaby helps develop a stronger parent-infant relationship than normal. When you sing lullabies with other calming techniques like nursing, rocking or stroking the song helps to establish a secure attachment. Research concludes that babies with secure attachment and stronger bonding with their parents perform better in their adulthood. Such children are more confident, positive and emotionally stable.

2. Offers Emotional Strength To Parents:

As a responsible parent, you may often experience fear and emotional stress in your life. To overcome negative emotions music imposes a soothing effect on your mind. When you sing a lullaby to your baby, the soulful tone helps to drain out your negative emotions and feel more positive about life. Singing a lullaby to your baby improves both you and your baby’s emotional state.

3. Imparts Language Learning Ability:

The natural language and rhythm of the lullaby reinforces language learning skills in your little one. The repetitive sounds and word structure of the popular lullabies encourage your child to repeat the words and learn them easily. By keeping your infant engaged with lullaby or nursery songs help them to learn the auditory patterns. As a result, they effectively learn to frame sentences.

4. Enhances Brain Development:

Music is a multi-sensory medium that stimulates the functioning of the brain chemicals. Singing tuneful nursery rhymes or lullabies leads to impart brain growth and proper functioning.

5. Helps Establish A Routine:

A baby sleep lullaby helps introduce routines such as bath time or bedtime for your little one.

6. Improves Sleep:

Sleep deprivation triggers numerous health discomforts and your baby becomes restless, tired and irritable. A good sleep helps to refresh his body and mind. Singing lullaby songs for babies induces sleep and helps them follow a fixed sleep pattern (3).

Common Health Problems Due To Lack Of Sleep:

Sleep deprivation in babies triggers numerous serious health issues. Some of the most common health problems are:

1. Anxiety and depression:

Severe insomnia contributes to rising levels of Cortisol in your baby’s body. Your baby suffers from depression and anxiety issues. Some of the common signs of depression are restlessness, irritability, constant crying and feeding problem (4).

2. Obesity:

Almost two-thirds of the babies or small children suffering from sleep apnea experience obesity. Obese babies have excess fat tissue around their neck region. It blocks the airways and induces breathing or lung problems (5).

3. Diabetes:

Research concludes that inadequate sleep hampers the insulin production capacity of your baby’s body. As a result, your baby becomes more prone to suffer from diabetes at his early age (6).

4. Immunity problem:

Several nights of disturbed sleep pattern and poor rest hampers the production of the vital immune booster, interleukin-1. A good night slip helps your baby’s body to fight against infections and stay healthy.

When To Consult The Doctor?

If your little one experiences terrible symptoms of sleep deprivation, talk to the pediatrician. Some of the serious symptoms for which you need to approach the medical consultant are:

  • Unusual awakenings.
  • Baby having breathing issues.
  • Baby who is extremely and consistently fussy.

Helpful Sleeping Tips For Babies:

Here are some effective things you can follow to help your little one get enough sleep:

  • Set a regular time of sleeping for your baby. Do not change the routine abruptly, as it disturbs the sleep pattern.
  • Establish a relaxation technique like reading a bedtime story or singing a melodious lullaby to your small one.
  • After your baby reaches at the age of one year, allow him to pick his favorite toy/belongings, blanket or stuffed animal and use it as a bedtime companion.
  • Keep the noise levels of the bedroom low and maintain the darkness.
  • Talk to your pediatrician if your baby has symptoms of sleep apnea or RLS (7).

16 Popular Lullabies For Babies:

Here are some of the popular lullabies for babies to sleep:

1. Brahms Lullaby (Lullaby and Good Night):

Lullaby and good night, with roses bedight
With lilies o’er spread is baby’s wee bed
Lay thee down now and rest, may thy slumber be blessed
Lay thee down now and rest, may thy slumber be blessed

Lullaby and good night, thy mother’s delight
Bright angels beside my darling abide
They will guard thee at rest, thou shalt wake on my breast
They will guard thee at rest, thou shalt wake on my breast

2. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star:

Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are!

Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are!

3. Sleep, Baby, Sleep:

Sleep, baby, sleep
Your father tends the sheep
Your mother shakes the dreamland tree
And from it fall sweet dreams for thee
Sleep, baby, sleep
Sleep, baby, sleep

Sleep, baby, sleep
Our cottage vale is deep
The little lamb is on the green
With snowy fleece so soft and clean
Sleep, baby, sleep
Sleep, baby, sleep

4. Somewhere Over the Rainbow:

Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high
There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby
Somewhere, over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That’s where you’ll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can’t I?
If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why, can’t I?

5. Hush Little Baby:

Hush little baby, don’t say a word,
Papa’s gonna buy you a mocking bird.

And if that mocking bird won’t sing,
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.

And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Papa’s gonna buy you a looking glass.

And if that looking glass gets broke,
Papa’s gonna buy you a billy goat.

And if that billy goat won’t pull,
Papa’s gonna buy you a cart and bull.

And if that cart and bull turn over,
Papa’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover.

And if that dog named Rover won’t bark,
Papa’s gonna buy you a horse and cart.

And if that horse and cart fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

6. Are You Sleeping (Frere Jaques):

Are you sleeping, are you sleeping?
Brother John, Brother John?
Morning bells are ringing, morning bells are ringing,
Ding ding dong, ding ding dong.

7. All Through the Night:

Sleep, my child, and peace attend thee,
All through the night
Guardian angels God will send thee,
All through the night
Soft the drowsy hours are creeping,
Hill and dale in slumber sleeping
I my loved ones’ watch am keeping,
All through the night

Angels watching, e’er around thee,
All through the night
Midnight slumber close surround thee,
All through the night
Soft the drowsy hours are creeping,
Hill and dale in slumber sleeping
I my loved ones’ watch am keeping,
All through the night

8. Rock-a-bye baby:

Rock-a-bye baby, in the tree top
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all

9. All the pretty horses:

Hush-a-bye don’t you cry,
Go to sleep-y, little baby.
When you wake you shall have
All the pretty little horses.
Blacks and bays, dapple grays,
Coach and six white horses.
Hush-a-bye don’t you cry,
Go to sleep-y, little baby.

10. Three blind mice:

Three blind mice, three blind mice,
See how they run, see how they run,
They all ran after the farmer’s wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a thing in your life,
As three blind mice?

11. All through the night (Toora, loora, loora):

Toora, loora, loora
Toora, loora, li
Toora, loora, loora
Hush, now, don’t you cry
Ah,
Toora, loora, loora
Toora, loora, li
Toora, loora, loora
It’s an Irish lullaby

Over in Killarney, many years ago
My mother sang this song to me in tones so sweet and low
Just a simple little ditty in her good old Irish way
And I’d give the world if she could sing that song to me
this day

Toora, loora, loora
Toora, loora, li
Toora, loora, loora
Hush, now, don’t you cry
Ah,
Toora, loora, loora
Toora, loora, li
Toora, loora, loora
It’s an Irish lullaby

12. Baby Mine:

Baby mine, don’t you cry
Baby mine, dry your eyes
Rest your head close to my heart
Never to part, baby of mine.

Little one when you play
Pay no heed what they say
Let your eyes sparkle and shine
Never a tear, baby of mine.

If they knew all about you
They’d end up loving you too
All those same people who scold you
What they’d give just for
The chance to hold you.

From your head to your toes
Your not much, goodness knows
But your so precious to me
Sweet as can be, baby of mine

13. Golden slumbers:

Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly,
Lavender’s green
When you are King, dilly dilly,
I shall be Queen

Who told you so, dilly dilly,
Who told you so?
‘Twas my own heart, dilly dilly,
That told me so

Call up your friends, dilly, dilly
Set them to work
Some to the plough, dilly dilly,
Some to the fork

Some to the hay, dilly dilly,
Some to thresh corn
Whilst you and I, dilly dilly,
Keep ourselves warm

Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly,
Lavender’s green
When you are King, dilly dilly,
I shall be Queen

Who told you so, dilly dilly,
Who told you so?
‘Twas my own heart, dilly dilly,
That told me so.

14. Day is Done:

Day is done,
Gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.

15. Little Boy Blue:

Little boy blue, come blow your horn,
The sheep’s in the meadow, the cow’s in the corn
Where is the boy who looks after the sheep?
He’s under the haystack, fast asleep.

16. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot:

Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home

I looked over Jordan and what did I see
Comin’ for to carry me home
A band of angels comin’ after me
Comin’ for to carry me home

Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home

If you get to heaven before I do
Comin’ for to carry me home
Tell all my friends I’m comin’ there too
Comin’ for to carry me home

Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home

I’m sometimes up and sometimes down
Comin’ for to carry me home
But still I know I’m heavenly (freedom) bound
Comin’ for to carry me home

Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home

If I get there before you do
Comin’ for to carry me home
I’ll cut a hole and pull you through
Comin’ for to carry me home

Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home

Do you know any lullabies for baby from this list? Have a few more to add? Leave a comment below and help fellow moms.

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10 Most Common Reasons Why Babies Wake Up At Night

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The first year and a half is usually the worst phase of sleeplessness at night for the newborn and so the toughest phase for new moms as they struggle to cope with the maternal duties round the clock.

Does your baby also wake up suddenly in the middle of the night despite your best efforts to avoid it? If you are still clueless as to why this could be happening, read on to know what could potentially be the cause.

Why Babies Wake At Night?

Here are some very common reasons that could be causing baby suddenly waking up at night:

  1. If your baby is feeling too hot or cold
  2. If there is an intrusive light that is affecting your baby’s sleep
  3. If there is any sudden noise that affects baby at night
  4. If your baby was recently ill
  5. If there is a change in your baby’s routine, like a vacation
  6. If your baby has just learnt a new motor or developmental skill and is trying it out at night
  7. If your baby is about to reach a new milestone
  8. If your baby is used to sleeping with a bottle or pacifier
  9. If your baby is used to sleeping with a rocking or swinging motion
  10. If your baby is not properly fed before bed

How Do I Prevent Baby Waking In The Night?

Baby Waking In The Night

Whether your baby has always been waking up in the middle of the night or only recently doing so, it is possible to change the habit. Here are a few things you can try out to avoid babies waking in the night and ensures tight sleeps through the night:

1. Proper Temperature And Dress:

Ensure that the temperature in your baby’s room is comfortable. It should not be too hot or too cold for your baby. Dress your baby according to the weather and the temperature inside the room.

2. Maintain A Routine:

Babies find it very difficult to adjust to a sudden change in routine. If your baby is used to falling asleep at a particular time at night, make sure you follow the pattern every day. Try and maintain your baby’s bedtime rituals as much as you can, even if the baby is away from home. This will help your baby know that it is time for bed.

3. Tummy Full:

If your baby is full before falling off to sleep, chances of waking up in the middle of the night will be lesser. Ensure your baby has a healthy and filling dinner before sleep creeps in. Healthy eating is also important throughout the day as tummy trouble too could be the cause of his disturbed sleep. If your baby has fallen asleep without eating, you may try to wake up the baby by gently calling out his name.

4. Stop Those Midnight Play Sessions:

Avoid playing, talking, or doing any fun activity with your baby at odd hours. If your baby starts getting bored, chances of him falling back to sleep sooner will be more. Simply be there with your little one so that he feels calm and can fall back to sleep.

 

Hope by now you are clear that why babies wake at night. Do not worry too much about the baby’s nocturnal activity. Remember that waking up in the middle of the night is restricted to your baby’s first few years only. While most babies learn to sleep through the night sometime during the first year itself, others may take slightly longer.

Moms, how did you manage to make your baby sleep through the night? Do share your tips here with other moms.

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7 Best Swaddle Blankets For Your Baby & Tips On Swaddling Baby

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There are very few things that can replace a mother’s warmth. Swaddling is one such thing.

Who wouldn’t love to see their babies have a peaceful sleep? A sleep-deprived baby can be quite a handful. Moreover, if the sleeping patterns are maintained properly, the baby would grow well, physically and mentally.

Confused why we suddenly moved from swaddling to sleep? It’s because they are interlinked. Infants sleep better if they are swaddled. MomJunction gives you some much-needed information on how to swaddle a baby and would help you buy amazing swaddling blankets that can keep your baby warm and give him some much needed calm time. Also, check out our tips on swaddling and safety precautions.

What Is A Swaddling Blanket?

So, what are these swaddling blankets? The blankets recreate the environment that was in the womb. They give the baby the perfect warmth and comfort needed to sleep better. Plus, you have peace of mind.

Best Swaddle Blankets For Newborns:

Swaddling blankets come in various materials. The best, however, is muslin or cotton. If you are on the lookout for a good swaddling blanket for your infant, your search ends now! Here are the best baby swaddle blankets to choose from:

1. Bebemooi Sleephack

Bebemooi Sleephack Swaddle Blanket for Baby

Buy Bebemooi Sleephack: 100% Cotton Natural Sleeved Sleeper (Medium, Blue) For ₹10,648 @ www.amazon.in

Made from 100% cotton material, this amazing sleep bag ensures that your baby gets the perfect sleep in the coziest atmosphere.

With a zipper all the way through, this bag mimics the atmosphere in the womb. The pajamas make the baby comfortable, and the bag gives the baby enough room to move his legs. Travel-friendly and easy to clean, the material of this bag makes air exchange easy and regulates the temperature as well.

2. Aden + Anais Muslin Swaddle Blankets:

Aden + Anais Muslin Swaddle Blankets

Buy Aden Anais Muslin Swaddle Blankets For ₹ 6,380 @ www.amazon.in

Most new mothers swear by this product! These blankets come in two sizes – 42” x 42” and 47” x 47”. So, make sure to order the right size. These swaddling blankets are light, yet they keep the little one warm. They are made of 100% cotton. The more you wash, the softer the blanket will become. Yes, these blankets are not the cutest in the market, but they do get the job done!

3. Halo Sleepsack Swaddle:

Best Halo Sleepsack Swaddle Wearable Blanket

Buy Halo Sleepsack Swaddle For ₹ 2,648 @ www.amazon.in

The Halo Sleepsack Swaddle comes in two varieties: 100% polyester version and 100% cotton version. They also come in three sizes: preemie, newborn and small. These swaddles have a zipper and Velcro, making them easy to use.

If you are uncomfortable with the whole swaddling process, the Halo Sleepsack Swaddle is the perfect for you!

4. Summer Infant SwaddleMe:

Summer Infant SwaddleMe Blanket for Babies

Buy Summer Infant Swaddle Me For ₹ 4145 @ www.amazon.in

Just like the Halo, the Summer Infant SwaddleMe also comes with a Velcro design. But the one thing most mothers love about these swaddles is their design. If you are looking for colorful designs, go for the Summer Infant SwaddleMe. These blankets come in two sizes: small/medium and large. If you want a swaddle that is easy to use and looks cute, this is your best bet!

5. Miracle Blanket:

Miracle Swaddle Blanket

Buy Miracle Blanket For ₹ 11,329 @ www.amazon.in

If you are a swaddling pro, this product will ‘speak’ to you. The Miracle Blanket does not use any zipper or Velcro. Instead, they use a unique and complicated wrapping process. The wrapping process involves elaborate steps and may seem confusing to some. But most mothers have only good things to say about the Miracle swaddling blanket. The only downside is that it does not come in different sizes. It also does not boast of cute designs but keeps wiggly infants safe and warm!

6. Woompie:

Woompie Wrap Blanket

Buy Woompie For ₹ 2166 @  www.amazon.in
This is one of the best swaddle blankets for moms who like to keep things simple. Just put your baby in and zip it up! It comes with a stretchy fabric that allows your infant to move around and be comfortable.

7. SwaddlePod:

SwaddlePod Swaddle Wrap Blankets

Buy SwaddlePod For ₹ 1529 @ www.amazon.in

Just like the Woompie, the Swaddlepod, too, is a no-fuss swaddle blanket. It is ideal for newborns and prevents startle reflex that can wake your baby up.

After looking at the above options, you might get a crucial doubt: “Why should I use a swaddle, at all?”

Why Is Swaddling Important?

Besides what we did mention above, let us quickly check these points out (1).

  • Keeps the baby comfortable and calm by giving him a womb-like experience and atmosphere.
  • Places the arms tightly towards the sides thus preventing a startling reflex, which not just wakes babies up from their slumber but could also increase the heart rate. As the arms are held close together even if the baby gets startled, he wouldn’t wake up suddenly.
  • Maintains the right temperature, much like the baby was used to in the womb. Swaddling blankets made of muslin or cotton cloths ensure good air circulation and the right temperature.
  • Prevents suffocation unlike loose blankets, which could lead to Sudden Infant Death.

Swaddle blankets are important, but what is equally important is the process of using them. Learning to swaddle your baby could take a few (read two to three attempts). You have to ensure that the baby is comfortable while you’re swaddling him. We know you will surely appreciate some help here.

How To Swaddle Your Baby?

While this isn’t rocket science, you have to consider a few things when swaddling the baby: his comfort is number one on the list, his willingness to be swaddled is number two and then the material and thickness of the blanket. Let’s know how to swaddle a baby.

1. Choose your blanket:

  • Consider the shape (should be square), size (preferably 40×40”), the material of the blanket, and the elasticity of the blanket.
  • The blanket could be a little (but not very) stretchable. This would help you wrap the baby nicely.

2. Fold the blanket:

  • Fold the blanket in a diamond shape from the top corner of the blanket.
  • The fold should be as long as your baby is.

How to Fold the blanket

3. Place the baby on the blanket:

  • Once the fold is made, place the baby on it.
  • Make sure that the baby’s neck and face are above the fold.
  • Support the neck while you are swaddling the baby.

4. Fold the baby’s arms:

  • One way could be to hold the baby’s arms around his sides. This way, the arms would outline the baby’s sides.
  • Another way is to fold the hands over the tummy to replicate the posture in the womb.
  • Whatever way you use, make sure that the baby is comfortable.

How to Fold the baby's arms while Swaddling

5. Wrap a side:

  • Hold the blanket on the side of one arm and tuck it in the downward direction under the fist of the other arm.
  • The blanket should be tucked in such a way that it holds the baby’s arm in place.

6. Close the bottom:

  • Once one arm is adjusted and swaddled, close the bottom of the swaddle.
  • The section, which is left at the bottom, should be folded towards the upward direction near the baby’s neck. The side should be the one where you just tucked the baby.

How to Close the bottom while Swaddling a baby

7. Wrap the second arm:

  • Just like the first arm, adjust the other arm and wrap it around.
  • This should come over the fold that you made from the bottom of the swaddle.
  • Cross it on the downward opposite side.

How to Wrap the Second Arm of Baby

8. Tuck the left over:

  • The left-over blanket from the second arm should be flipped over from the legs to the top in such a way that it forms a V-neck.
  • Tuck it under the shoulder of the first arm. You may have to lift the baby up a bit to complete the final tuck of the swaddle.

Tuck the left over of Swaddle Blanket

Things to remember:

  1. Give the baby enough leg space and make sure that the baby can move his legs inside the swaddle. Bad swaddling could sometimes lead to hip dysplasia if the swaddle does not have enough room for the baby’s feet.
  1. Do not tighten the swaddle. A tighter swaddle does not mean the baby is comfortable. You should only make the baby feel warm, not suffocated.
  1. Once the swaddle is done, check for air circulation and monitor the baby’s temperature.

At last, we know how to make our tiny fellas comfortable. But it doesn’t end here. There are still a couple of things you could take home!

For How Long Can I Swaddle My Baby?

And by that we mean the age until which you can swaddle the baby. It is best to swaddle your baby until three or four months, but some parents prefer to do it for a good nine months.

While most doctors recommend swaddling until four to six months, they also agree that there is no harm in extending it. The idea is to make your baby feel relaxed and comfortable while sleeping.

Once your baby gets used to sleeping without a swaddle, then you can do away with it. And how would you know when to wean your baby off a swaddle? The best way is put one arm off the swaddle. If your baby isn’t sleeping well and seems irritable, he is not ready yet. So wrap the baby back. After nine months, make conscious attempts to wean the baby off the swaddle.

When Should You Avoid Swaddling?

Swaddling is not suitable in all the cases. You need to avoid swaddling at times:

  1. Hip dysplasia is an abnormal bone formation in the hip section. Because of the abnormality, the bone does not fit well in the socket. If your baby has this, do not swaddle him. Check with your doctor and make sure that the baby is swaddle-ready.
  1. Avoid swaddling when the baby is not sleeping but trying to play or move. While this may seem logical, the idea is to swaddle the baby only when you are trying to calm him or put him to bed.

Risks Of Swaddling:

Swaddling is comfortable both for the baby and you, but it is not free of risks. This does not mean that we are discouraging you from swaddling your baby, but we just want you to be more careful. The two major risks involved are:

1. SIDS:

While swaddling prevents Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), it may also promote it. Confused? If you do not swaddle the baby properly, and the folds are too close to the baby’s neck (thereby obstructing the windpipe), there are chances of SIDS. So make sure that you’re swaddling the baby correctly and leaving enough room near the neck region.

2. Lack of “arousal”:

A lot of babies lose their ability of arousal if they are swaddled for too long. This means they wouldn’t know when to wake up. While many parents want their babies to get a good sleep, babies should be swaddled for a limited time only.

An infant needs around 12-16 hours of sleep every day. And you need at least seven! A swaddling blanket can ensure enough sleep for you both. But, make sure that you get it right!

Have you thought of using a swaddling blanket? Are you already using one? Why don’t you review the brand for us? Just type in your views in the comments section below.

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