We’ve swaddled four babies over the past eight years and my husband has mastered his swaddling technique. Mine isn’t quite as refined, but give me the right blanket and I can get the job done.As much as I like swaddling, I can’t be the only parent swaddling my baby and thinking “There has to be an easier and more comfortable way to swaddle.” When I was invited to do a The Ollie Swaddle Review, I was curious to see if it would meet the promise of improving the quality and duration of sleep for my baby.
Hindi Zeidman created The Ollie Swaddle to meet the needs of a foster child, named Oliver. Little Ollie was not thriving and Hindi believed that a swaddling would help improve the quality and duration of his sleep. Unfortunately, the available swaddlers on the market left both of them frustrated. Hindi decided to create her own swaddler that would accomplish the following:
- Move with baby throughout the night.
- Keep a comforting pressure from shoulders to feet.
- Keep baby cool.
Once Hindi started wrapping Ollie in her new swaddling blanket, he began to sleep through the night, eat, and reach development milestones.
Our youngest, Sebastian, has struggled with sleeping since we brought him home from the hospital. Self-soothing seemed to evade him and he often found his way out of even dad’s masterful swaddles or was clearly overheated. While I won’t claim that The Ollie Swaddle magically solved all of his sleep issues, it has most definitely helped.
It did not take long for us to see the benefits of The Ollie Swaddle. First of all, it is so easy to use. You simply center baby in the blanket, wrap one side with aplix across his body, then secure the other side. He is kept cozy and comfortable in this swaddle position, even moving his arms below the blanket without escaping to startle him awake. The bottom also secures to keep him warm, but opens easily to change a diaper (assuming you are not using a zippered sleeper).
We’ve tried other popular swaddlers, but I think the lightweight stretch fabric of The Ollie Swaddle sets it apart from competitors. It’s cooler and more flexible than other swaddlers with a closure and more secure than simple stretch-fabric swaddling blankets. The only thing I’d change? I would love to see this product in more vibrant colors and patters, over the standard pink and blue.
Sebastian is aging out of the arm swaddle because he is trying to roll over, but we will still use The Ollie. It’s become a comfortable part of his routine and will provide a cool way to keep him swaddled as the weather warms.
Do you swaddle your babies?
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