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When Dave and I became parents for the first time, we were on a majorly steep learning curve.
We’d never had much to do with kids before, so it was all very new to us.
Dave was chilled, of course, and figured things out through trial and error. I was the super organised one who read all of the baby books (I can recite Save Our Sleep backwards if needs be), I kept the feeding journals, and trawled the Internet for what to expect month by month.
During those early months, I was addicted to Google. In the wee hours of the morning I could be found Googling the likes of Why won’t my baby sleep? Why is my baby’s poo green? Why does my baby click when she feeds? Oh, and why oh why does my baby hate being swaddled?!
Honestly, our first was a mini Houdini. No matter what I did she would wriggle her cute little arms and legs out within seconds. I’d wrap one side and attempt to wrap the other at the speed of light, but no matter how quickly I worked, the first arm would wriggle out before I had a chance to wrap her second. If I did manage to pin her down and wrap her up like the perfect baby burrito, within 30 seconds she’d wriggle her way out. Frustrating to a sleep deprived and emotional first-time mum.
Dave and my mum were experts at swaddling. They seemed to be able to find just the right way to wrap her firmly and securely to prevent her from escaping. Here is how my attempts ended up.
I used to fret that I’d wrap her too tightly, that I’d squash her little body, or she would overheat. I was absolutely obsessed with temperature back in those days.
While I knew swaddling helped to protect against SIDS, and was meant to soothe babies, and ease their startle reflex to help them sleep better, it just seemed like I spent more time wrapping and unwrapping than my baby spent sleeping.
I had quite the collection of wraps, muslin, flannelette, cotton etc. I tried them all and in all different sizes.
In a moment of desperation rifling through our cupboard, I found a Gro swaddle that I’d received as a baby shower present. I’d never used it before because it looked a little complicated, but I tell you what it did the trick in that early period.
The Gro swaddle comes with a short flap on one side, a bottom flap, and a longer flap to wrap right around. It seemed to be the perfect size to keep our mini Houdini under wraps. Get it?! 😉
As our first child got older, she became even more determined to have her arms free. Someone suggested we wrap her from the armpits down which worked a treat. There came a time though when she needed to progress from the swaddle.
I was very lucky to be gifted as yet another baby shower present, a grobag. Oh my goodness, that was an absolute life saver.
I absolutely love how the grobags are categorised by a warmth rating (tog). The tog tells you which temperature each bag is suitable for and provides suggestions on how many layers your child should wear under the tog. As a temperature obsessive new mum, these tog ratings were a dream come true. Not to mention, grobags come in the most beautiful designs.
When The Gro Company contacted me to promote their business, I knew I had to share the love with other new mums out there on Google at 3am wondering why their baby hates being swaddled.
Today, The Gro Company is kindly letting me giveaway a grobag or gro swaddle of your choice to two lucky readers (subject to availability).
This competition is now closed. Congratulations to Alison Fidler and Nicole Kent. Thank you to all who entered.
All you need to do is tell me in the comments why you need a grobag or gro swaddle.
Terms and conditions
– This giveaway is only open to Australian residents (excluding ACT).
– This giveaway closes at 8pm AEST on Thursday 4 June.
– Winners will be contacted via email on Friday 5 June.
– This is a game of skill. The most interesting answer as judged by a panel will be deemed a winner.
Mummy, Wife, Me received financial compensation for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.