Friday, March 18, 2011

The Art of the Swaddle

Let me preface this post by saying that I am definitely not an expert swaddler. I've swaddled about 3 or 4 times EVER and have never swaddled an actual baby. We learned the basic swaddling technique at our prenatal class. We got to practice on a doll. Jenn and I did it together, but I can't say that the teamwork made our work look anymore professional.

Oh, so swaddling...for those of you who do not know (that probably would have been a good place to start...), according to Wikipedia: Swaddling is an age-old practice of wrapping infants snugly in swaddling cloths, blankets or similar cloth so that movement of the limbs is tightly restricted. So basically, swaddling makes your baby look like a little burrito. 

A week or two after that class, we went down to Rochester to visit our friends Sarah and Adelle. They have two dogs; Chino and Jameson. Jameson, very kindly, let me practice my swaddling techniques on her:

My aunt, Wendy, drove down to Sarah and Adelle's house with me yesterday to pick up some baby stuff that had been shipped to their address. When I got to my aunt's house earlier yesterday morning, she showed me the two sets of amazing swaddling blankets that she had made for the babies. With many grandchildren, my aunt is definitely an expert when it comes to not only the art of swaddling but also making blankets that are the right material and size. She made 5 blankets for each twin! They are all colour coordinated with their green and purple nursery and come in many adorable patterns. Thank you Auntie Wendy! Here's one set:

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