Sunday, May 31, 2009
Two things I'm loving these days........Category: Lynsey's Randomness
Author: 5 Chicks and a Farmer
I'm a swaddle nazi!
I clued in to swaddling after we had several sleep issues with Kaylyn, our first, when she was a tiny baby. We had many sleepless nights and my husband was looking forward to going to the Fire Dept to work so that he could get some rest. That's how bad it was.
I was told about the amazing Miracle Blanket by a dear friend. My sweet sister-in-law purchased one for us on e-bay and I've been the biggest fan of these swaddling blankets ever since! I've not found another swaddling blanket that even compares......and I've tried bunches! The key to the Miracle Blankets are the arm bands that tuck behind the baby's back making it extremely difficult for them to become un-swaddled.
I've swaddled all three of my girls (the last two from day one) until about 6 months and its made the biggest difference in how well they sleep and also when they are fussy. The idea behind swaddling is that it creates somewhat of a womb-like atmosphere for your baby by making them feel like they are nestled tightly in your tummy. Its a familiar feeling for tiny infants. The Miracle Blanket also helps their baby twitches from waking them up while they are sleeping.
The other thing I'm loving is wearing my abdominal binder. I was told about these by the same friend who recommended the Miracle Blankets. I purchased mine at a local pharmacy.
I'm not really a fan of the recovery that takes place after c-sections. But, this tummy contraption has helped me in HUGE ways this time around. I've not worn one with the previous two c-sections.
If you've experienced an abdominal surgery, you know the pain that follows. It hurts to even cough and laugh. When they cut through your abdominal muscles and uterus, it makes it difficult for it to shrink back to a normal size (but really, what is normal after having a baby???). I've noticed a huge difference particularly in this area. After my two previous c-sections, it seemed like it took forever for my tummy to shrink. But, I'm noticing much quicker shrinkage this time around.
The abdominal binder holds in your tummy and supports your incision. This has made it so much easier for me to get around and back into the swing of things.
There is nothing like a good girdle. Ain't that the truth??
I can't say enough about these two things right now! I'm loving them. The swaddle blanket is great for any new infant. And I'm telling all of my sisters in the "C-CLUB" about the abdominal binder.