Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Swaddling the wee one, a swaddle sheet!

Just a note - this post was written back in 2009 and seems to be one of the most popular/visited posts on the blog, yet there are zero comments on it - just found that interesting! If you're stopping by, say hello and let us know where you're coming from! Thanks for visiting! Now, back to the original post!

Swaddling - you know what that is, right? Well, if you've ever had a baby, you probably do.

It's one of those things that you get the hang of just about the time baby is too big for those tiny receiving blankets. Or, if you're like me and have LONG babies, those receiving blankets are pretty much too small to use for swaddling from the get-go! (1 of the children was 20.5", 2 were 21" and 1 was 22" long!).

So, I was interested in trying out a project for an "easy peasy swaddle sheet" when I ran across it on another blog recently - I found the instructions here and gave it a whirl. I'm happy w/the outcome and can DEFINITELY see this being a great sheet/blanket to have on hand all the time for covering up nursing, covering up the carseat to keep the sun out of baby's eyes and unwanted hands off baby at the store (you know what I'm talking about - all those folks who can't stand it if they don't touch the baby - ack!).

So, give it a try if you're expecting a little one - it's a quick and easy project!

(Oh yes, and if you are ironing and decide to use the steam function (when it's been EONS since you've used it - and yes, I put in fresh water) and get a few rust spots - don't scream, try lemon juice on the spots and wash in hot water right away - I could hardly believe it, but the spots came out and my blanket wasn't ruined! From now on, I'm going to do what my mom always did and just keep a spray bottle of water nearby when ironing - no worries about rust spots from a plastic spray bottle, right? Sigh - the joys of ironing!)


goobersbride said...

I'm 31 weeks and counting, and trying to get together some things for this little man. These look like a great plan!

CAB said...

Wow - first comment! Thanks :) and so glad this will be helpful for you - it's SUPER easy! Have fun and congrats on your little one!

Anonymous said...

I thought I was the only one with an iron that repeatedly spewed yucky water all over my pretty things! My poor husband has been yelled at more times than he can count for "ruining my stuff AGAIN!" by not emptying the iron when he was through with it. I'll definetly try the lemon juice next time and spare him the lecture =)

Janet Tobias Coverdale said...

I want to make swaddle blankets for my nephew and his wife's twins that are due the first part of Sept. We are jokingly calling the twins "Twin Red" and "Twin Blue" instead of the "Twin A" and "Twin B" labels on the ultrasound pics. I want to make a bright red one and a bright blue one. Most baby stuff at the store is in pastel colors. Ain't it great to know how to sew, so you can pick the fabric you want?

suemili48 said...

Nothing better than a large swaddle sheet, my fifth grandchild was swaddled until he was 9 months old. He sure was one long baby burrito!

Fred said...


I'll be father for the first time in November and I'm looking for tutorials that explain how to make a swaddle (they are very expensive!) to try at home with my wife.
Thank you very much for your help! I wish you good vibrations!

We are from Lisbon, Portugal, Europe!


jill said...

sooo cute !! I want to make some extras to go with a quilt I am making for a friend adopting a little one in a few weeks (due) -- he has a medical condition so I think swaddling will be extra soothing for him for along time.